The Assessment Profile

The Assessment Profile is a comprehensive evaluation system for early education, school age programs and family child care homes.

Assessing Best Practices

In Safety & Health, Learning Environment, Scheduling, Curriculum Approach, Interacting, and Individualizing in child care and Head Start Settings.

Family child care home assessments includes Safety, Health & Nutrition, Learning Environment, Interacting, Outdoor Environment, and Professional Responsibilities.

Assessment profile data center analyzes, reports, and stores data, enabling comparative analyses over time.

Summary reports identify program strengths and areas that are under- developed and in need of improvement; classroom specific and consolidated reports are provided for individualized program improvement planning.

Areas of Improvement

The Assessment Profile is a quality assessment tool designed for a variety of child care settings used to determine a program’s strengths and identify areas for improvement. The criteria are specific enough to pinpoint where change needs to happen, yet general enough to apply to any center or home, no matter the goal. Whether your program is trying to become NAEYC accredited, enroll in or move up in a state Quality Rating system, or improve quality to meet licensing standards, the Assessment Profile will give you concrete answers.


The Assessment Profile has been widely used to:

  • Evaluate readiness for national accreditation
  • Guide individualized plans for program improvement and optimizing resources
  • Identify specific needs for targeted and customized staff training
  • Determine the state baseline of child care quality
  • Measure results from training and technical assistance investments
  • Increase compliance with child care licensing
  • Measure classroom quality and developmentally appropriate practices in childc are centers, Head Start, family child care homes, and military programs internationally.

    Assessment profile mean scores


Measuring Results

The Profile Trends Graph highlights strengths and weaknesses in classroom practices while illustrating the performance across Infant, Toddler, and Preschool classrooms.

What does the Assessment Profile measure?

It measures the quality of classrooms for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and School Age in the categories of:

  • Safety and Health
  • Learning Environment
  • Scheduling
  • Curriculum Approaches
  • Interacting
  • Individualizing

Center based administrative practices in the areas of:

  • Physical Facility
  • Food Service
  • Program Management
  • Personnel
  • Program Development

Family Child care practices in the areas of:

  • Safety
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Learning Environment
  • Interacting
  • Outdoor Environment
  • Professional Responsibilities
  Administration, $25 per observation booklet
 Infant (birth-2 years old), $25 per observation booklet
 Toddler (2-3 years old), $25 per observation booklet
 Preschool (3-5 years old), $25 per observation bookle
 School Age (5– 12 years old), $25 per observation booklet
 Family Child Care (birth– 5 years old), $25 per observation booklet
Assessment Profile for Early Childhood Programs - Complete Set includes one observation booklet for each of the following components: Administration, Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and SchoolAge. $120
Assessment Profile Standards and Criteria Index Is a reference of the criteria in the Assessment Profile for Early Childhood Programs. This index is intended for review and reference purposes and supplements the Assessment Profile observation booklets. $50

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a part of the Assessment Profile or do I need to use the entire tool?

You can use a portion of the Assessment Profile, however, it is ideal to look at the entire program to provide the most complete “profile” of quality.

How do I use the Assessment Profile?

Observe, score, and graph results.

How long does it take to complete an Assessment Profile?

The number of hours depends upon your evaluation purpose and plan. Generally an observer can complete profiles for up to 3 classrooms in 6 hours. The recommended data collection process involves classroom observations during the morning, and document review and brief interviews with the teachers in the afternoon.

How do I compile and interpret the results?

Instructions for graphing and interpretation are included in each observation booklet.

How do I order the Assessment Profile? What is the cost of the Assessment Profile?

To order, contact Quality Assist, Inc. at 404-325-2225 or use the shopping cart above. 




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