UBCCC uses The Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool to
set goals and objectives for individual children based on teacher
observations. The Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool
encourages teachers to observe children’s strengths and to
assess how to build on those strengths. Observations are gathered
while teachers watch children play and as they interact with
The Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool also provides
information to share with families about their children’s
developmental progress. In fall and spring, Progress Reports are
written and Parent-Teacher Conferences are held. At this time,
teachers and families share information about the individual child.
The Creative Curriculum and The Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
Tool provide resources for teachers to build partnerships with
Teachers attend training in observation and assessment methods
and the use of The Creative Curriculum and The Teaching Strategies
GOLD Assessment Tool.
Children develop and progress at different rates. Occasionally,
a child’s development is not within “typical”
guidelines. Teachers and families will meet to discuss concerns,
any information gathered by assessment methods, and the
family’s observations to decide what action will be taken.
The Erie County Early Intervention Program or The Committee on
Preschool Special Education may be asked to screen the child, if
the family requests screening. If screening results in an
individualized education plan (IEP), teachers will incorporate the
child’s needs into the daily curriculum. Arrangements can be
made for a child to receive services at the center.