Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS

Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS focuses on the value of learning about children as individuals through observing while developing an ongoing assessment process. This course supports early childhood educators in understanding child observation and documentation as a way to make informed decisions about how to plan daily activities for children.


Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS helps early educators:

  • Explore various methods of observing children and how to implement the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months into the classroom
  • Understand children's development, interests, and needs through observation and documentation
  • Develop environments and learning opportunities that build on children's natural curiosity, ideas, abilities, and life experiences by using observation to gain insight into how children think, learn, and make sense of their world
  • Use assessments in planning curriculum and sharing information with families and other appropriate adults

Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS includes the following lessons:

  1.   Understanding Observation  2 hours
  2.   Observation as Practice  2 hours
  3.   Understanding Assessment  2 hours
  4.   Assessment and Curriculum  2 hours
  5.   Engaging Families and Sharing Assessment  2 hours

Observation and Assessment: Arkansas CDELS offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 10 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources, such as a poster of the Arkansas CDELS, Developmental Rating Scale: Birth through 36 Months, Developmental Rating Scale: 19 through 60 Months, Spotlight on Young Children and Assessment (NAEYC), the Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklists for Parents placemat, and both Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklists for Parents and for Teachers
  • Up to 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit is based solely on the discretion of your local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


Contact Jenny Dura to find out more.

Jenny Dura
Jenny Dura
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects