This page contains the learning resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s video resources, please use the streaming media players below or your course DVD (if applicable).




Required Resources



Course Text: McAfee, O., & Leong, D. (2011). Assessing and guiding young children’s development and learning(5th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Chapter 3, “Why, What, and When to Assess” (pp. 30–33)
Chapter 1, “Assessment in Early Childhood: A Work in Progress”

Chapter 2, “Legal, Ethical, and Professional Responsibilities in Assessment”

Web Article: McCann, C., & Yarbrough, K. (2006). Snapshots: Incorporation comprehensive developmenta screening into programs and services for young children. Ounce of Prevention Fund.*Used with permission from the Ounce of Prevention Fund



Optional Resources

  • Web Article: “The Words We Use: A Glossary of Terms for Early Childhood Education Standards and Assessments”


  • Questionnaires: Brookes Publishing: Ages and Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ)


  • Questionnaires: Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE)


  • Web Article: “Developmental Screening”


  • Web Site: First Signs.org


  • Web Site: Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center: State and Regional Newborn Screening


  • Web Article: “A Baby’s First Step in Life: A Newborn Screening Guide for Parents”



    Content Review




    Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and between 2 and 3 paragraphs in length.

    Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document.

    Copy and paste each question within the document, so that your Instructor can see which question you are responding to.


    Consider what you have learned about why we assess young children. Based on pages 31–33 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning and the video segment “Overview of Assessment”,” briefly explain the importance of developmentally appropriate assessments.


    Policymakers, the early childhood profession, and other stakeholders in young children’s lives have many shared responsibilities regarding effective assessment (NAEYC & NAEC/SDE, 2003, p. 4). Using the information presented on pages 3–6 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning, explain the responsibilities of each of these groups in ensuring effective assessment.


    Each child approaches, interacts, and processes their world in unique ways. Effective assessment takes this uniqueness into account through sensitivity to individual abilities and linguistic, social, and cultural differences. Review pages 18–23 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning, and explain, using examples, why sensitivity to each of these factors is such an important component of effective assessment. Then, summarize the role fair and impartial assessment plays in achieving this sensitivity.

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