Early Connections uses Teaching Strategies GOLD® to document children’s development and learning over time, improve instruction and report to parents on their child’s progress.
The Colorado Department of Education requires school districts to implement school readiness assessments beginning in the 2014-15 school year, and Teaching Strategies GOLD is currently the only approved assessment. Teaching Strategies GOLD® is an authentic observation-based assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. It can be used with any developmentally-appropriate curriculum. It is grounded in 36 research-based objectives grouped in nine broad areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts. The objectives are aligned with The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the Colorado Common Core StateStandards for kindergarten.
Since Teaching Strategies GOLD® is appropriate for children from birth through kindergarten, parents can seamlessly track their child’s growth and development during the time that their child is enrolled at Early Connections.