This webinar, held on August, 12, 2014, examines strategies for promoting the effective use of early childhood assessment data at multiple levels, with a focus on families.

Practitioners and policymakers who work with early childhood assessments, data analysis, and family engagement

Jackie Burniske
Dissemination Director
REL Southwest, SEDL

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States and districts are increasingly focused on the effective use of early childhood data to improve child outcomes, and many education agencies administer assessments to obtain such data. For these efforts to be effective, however, they must involve families as well as practitioners and policymakers—all of whom play a key role in young children's development and education.

Cohosted by REL Northeast & Islands and REL Southwest, this bridge event webinar examines the strategies the Research Program Partnership at the University of Kansas employs to promote the use of early childhood data at multiple levels, particularly with families. Representatives from the Partnership, which consists of Project EAGLE and Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, provide overviews of both programs and explain how they use child assessment data as tools for family engagement and program planning as well as to inform daily practice. The focus is on family engagement in the assessment process and the strategies used to share child data with families.


  • Understand how child data can be used at various levels (classroom, program, and agency)
  • Understand the lessons learned and challenges associated with engaging families of young children in the assessment process


Heather Schrotberger
Executive Director
Project EAGLE/Educare of Kansas City

Jessica Haremza
Site Director
Project EAGLE/Educare of Kansas City

Dale Walker, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas

Related Resources

The following reports provide the research basis for the presentations:

  • Abbott, M., Atwater, J., Lee, Y., & Edwards, L. (2011). A data-driven preschool professional development model for literacy and oral language instruction. NHSA Dialog, 14 (4), 229–245.
  • Krugly, A., Stein, A., Centeno, M. (2014). Demystifying data: Designing and implementing data-driven systems and practices for continuous quality improvement. Zero to Three, 34 (3), 11–19.
  • Raikes, H., Green, B. L., Atwater, J., Kisker, E., Constantine, J., & Chazan-Cohen, R. (2006). Involvement in Early Head Start home visiting services: Demographic predictors and relations to child and parent outcomes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 2–24.
  • Yazejian, N., & Bryant, D. M. (2012). Educare Implementation Study Findings—August 2012. Chapel Hill: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-CH.