Screening & Assessment

Screening, observation and assessment are tools providers can use to better understand individual children’s development and ensure that their developmental needs are being met.

Parents are experts when it comes to their kids. It’s important for them to know they play a vital role in the developmental screening process, from voicing concerns about potential delays to supporting learning at home.

Learn what three things parents should know about screening beforehand—and get supporting tips, and resources to help you better communicate these important points.

Parents must give permission annually for their child to be screened, observed and assessed.

ASQ Permission slip in English

ASQ Permission slip in Spanish


Screening children receiving School Readiness (SR) services with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a contractual requirement of all SR Providers. Providers will be notified 30 days before screenings are due. Orientation for SR Providers and Staff on the ASQ will be available soon.

Materials to support ASQ screening are available to SR Providers free of charge. To request materials, visit our Contact Us page.

Use the links below to access ASQ forms and submit results:


Child observation helps providers get to know each child better so they can adjust their programs and childcare environments to facilitate each child’s learning and promote positive behavior. Observations should be documented and shared with parents.

Behavioral Observation and Screening training is available.


Assessment is a more in-depth look at a child’s development. Assessments help teachers monitor children’s progress in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards and inform their classroom practice so children get the best possible opportunity to be ready for Kindergarten.

ELCFV encourages all providers to complete child assessments at the beginning, middle and end of each year. ELCFV supports the use of the Teaching Strategies GOLD (GOLD) assessment system.