Category: Learning

Town Square - Assessment and observation

Explore the importance of observation and assessment in this virtual training for family childcare providers by defining observation and assessment, then analyze how assessment and observation are utilized. Finally, explore the role of families in assessment.


  • Providers will define observation and assessment.
  • In discussing observation and assessment to direct teaching, providers will analyze the ways they currently use assessment and observation in their program.
  • After describing the importance of including families in assessment, providers will develop a plan to get to know families.

Town Square Indiana modules can be found in Indiana Learning Paths. Please follow the link below to log into your I-lead account and click on “Start Your Indiana Learning Path”. Once in Indiana Learning Paths please search for:

Town Square – Assessment and observation


Core Knowledge and Competencies:

3.1 That each infant/child/youth develops at her/his own rate​

3.2 The importance of observing, collecting and recording information about infants/children/youth across all areas of development in an unbiased manner, using developmental milestones and Indiana’s learning guidelines as a guide​

3.3 How to select, create, use and adapt various developmentally appropriate models and methods of authentic assessment that are sensitive to the unique emerging abilities, cultural and learning needs of each infant, child or youth​

Child Development Associate CDA:

CDA07 – Observing and recording children’s behavior

I-SAT: Standard 3 – Observation and Assessment 

Individual Authentic Child Assessment Plan & Observations

Using Authentic Child Assessment Data

PTQ Level 3

8.2  The caregiver supports children’s development by gathering information through child observations that is used to guide lesson planning

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