Initial screenings are conducted within 45 days of the student’s first day of attendance in Head Start or date of enrollment in Early Head Start. Head Start teachers utilize the Brigance and DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program) Screening tools and the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Questionnaires (ASQ/ASQSE) are used in Early Head Start. Assessments are completed within 60 days of the student’s first day of attendance in Head Start and date of enrollment in Early Head Start. Head Start teachers utilize the Desired Results Developmental Profile Preschool (DRDP PS) tool and Early Head Start teachers utilize the Desired Results Developmental Profile Infant/Toddler (DRDP IT) tool. All screening and assessment data is collected and aggregated for the purpose of on-going monitoring and ensuring content area goals and objectives are being achieved.
The Brigance is a preschool developmental screener completed by the teacher. The screener allows teachers to gain more knowledge about a child’s development enabling them to individualize to meet the needs of each child. Teachers share the information with families during individual parent meetings.
The DECA is a strength-based, nationally standardized, reliable and valid social emotional screener, available in English and Spanish. DECA identifies and builds young children’s protective factors thereby increasing their resilience to risk factors that can hinder healthy development. The social-emotional screener is completed by both the family and the teacher. Parents receive the booklet called For Now and Forever from the teacher as they review the screener.
Infant and Toddler developmental screener is completed by the Early Head Start teacher and the family together. The ASQ looks at the following areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social skills. Information gathered from the assessment provides teachers and parents with a useful profile of each child and assists with planning developmentally appropriate activities.
Infant and Toddler social-emotional screener is completed by the Early Head Start teacher and the family together. The ASQSE focuses on a child's social and emotional behavior and development. Information gathered from the assessment provides teachers and parents with information to help children successfully regulate their emotions and manage their social interactions.
The DR system implemented by the California Department of Education is a comprehensive approach that facilitates the achievement of Desired Results identified for children and families. California is one of the very few states in the nation that has developed its own system designed specifically for measuring child progress toward desired outcomes. The system is aligned to both the state's learning and development foundations for early care and education programs and the content standards for kindergarten.
The DRDP© (2010) assessment instruments are designed for teachers to observe, document, and reflect on the learning, development, and progress of children, birth through 5 years of age, who are enrolled in early care and education programs. The assessment results are intended to be used by the teacher to plan curriculum for individual children and groups of children and to guide continuous program improvement.