CLI strongly recommends the use of assessment data to help early childhood teachers understand student skill levels and individualize instruction to support areas in which students are at-risk for falling significantly behind. For infants and toddlers, tracking developmental milestones makes it far more likely that teachers and caregivers will catch cognitive and physical delays that can be remediated with early intervention. Formative assessment is also beneficial for teacher professional development by tracking the use of quality teaching behaviors and setting goals for improvement based on results.
CLI has developed a number of both child and teacher tools for data-driven decision making. CLI’s tools are not recommended for high stakes decisions such funding or personnel changes, but rather to inform priorities for instruction/caregiving and professional development, with the overall goal to support both student and teacher growth.
Click on each tool below to learn more.
Infant & Toddler Developmental Checklists (Also check out our video series on Understanding Developmental Screening & Intervention)