The Georgia Department of Early Childhood and Learning, in collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been working to develop a unified, statewide approach for comprehensive assessments in early childhood learning facilities to ensure that all of the state’s developmentally at-risk children are identified and referred for care. GHPC facilitated the work of a 45-member Task Force and its three subcommittees over a two-year period to identify opportunities to align and improve Georgia’s current assessment practices and recommend changes to policy and practice related to child-level assessments in Georgia’s early care and learning settings.
The overall work plan included evaluating the current state of assessment in Georgia, identifying best practices, and making recommendations for changes in practice and policies for early childhood comprehensive assessments. The recommendations included tools for assessments, policies and procedures for conducting assessments, sharing results with families and other partners, data protection, using information to track child progress and plan instruction, professional development.
GHPC ensured that this long-term project stayed on schedule through scheduling and designing regular communication and meetings. The center was also responsible for surveys and interviews that informed the recommendations for modifications to current policy and practice and drafting the final report of the Task Force.