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Evaluating the social-emotional, physical and learning needs of children in early childhood: the Early Years Evaluation

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The Early Years Evaluation (EYE) provides educators with a framework for evaluating the developmental skills of young children (ages 3 to 6) as they prepare for the transition to school. The measures can be used to assess learning needs upon entry into kindergarten, identify individual children who may need assistance in a particular developmental domain, and monitor early childhood outcomes in the school, community, or province. The measure can also be used to keep parents informed of their child’s progress.

Two assessments are currently available for purchase: the Early Years Evaluation – Direct Assessment (EYE-DA) and the Early Years Evaluation – Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA). The EYE-DA is suited for children ages 3 to 5 prior to school entry and assesses four domains (Awareness of Self and Environment, Cognitive Skills, Language and Communication, Physical Development) using pictures, manipulatives, and physical activities. The EYE-TA assesses the same domains, but is suited for children in kindergarten or grade one during the first months of school. Both assessments feature an online data entry site that allows for data entry, scoring, immediate feedback and report generating. EYE materials and training are available online, and versions are available in English and French.