Teachers spend a lot of time with our children, and our little ones don’t always behave the same way in the classroom as they do at home. That’s why at Primrose, we believe in partnering closely with families to help children learn and grow.
And that’s where Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ®) comes in. If that doesn’t sound familiar to you, you’re not alone, but it’s the developmental screening tool commonly used by pediatricians, and at Primrose schools, teachers use the results to give each child personalized support based on their individual needs.
Primrose is the first national provider of early education and care to use ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2 in every Primrose school, and we are proud to lead the charge in implementing a tool we believe should be used for all children.
A Closer Look at ASQ®-3
ASQ®-3 is a developmental screening tool supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the screening of young children’s skills. Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed, the greater the chance that children will reach their full potential.
While we all know children progress and develop at their own pace, a child’s ASQ®-3 results are benchmarked against national averages of the ages when children most typically meet developmental milestones. Monitoring that development gives us as teachers and families valuable opportunities to support our children.
In order to paint a full picture of every child, ASQ is divided into two questionnaires—ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2—that explore a variety of developmental areas, from communication and motor skills to social-emotional development and more.
The Difference Between ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2
ASQ®-3 assesses the development of skills in children from age two months to 55 months across five areas which include communication, fine motor, gross motor, personal-social and problem-solving skills.
ASQ®:SE-2 measures seven areas of children’s social and emotional development to help determine where children are meeting or exceeding developmental expectations as well as areas of opportunity. This includes observing things like self-regulation, which is how a child soothes, calms and regains composure after being upset; compliance, which is how a child follows directions; social communication and more.
“We are so excited about ASQ®:SE-2! Not only are we looking at curriculum, but it is so important that we look at our children’s social and emotional skills.”
– Aleecia, a Primrose Education Coach in Oklahoma City
ASQ® at Primrose Schools
One of the greatest strengths of ASQ® is that it lets teachers and families work closely together to meet the needs of children. Families and teachers each fill out a form based on their observations of the child, and this partnership provides more accurate results than teachers could achieve on their own.
At Primrose schools, teachers use ASQ® results as part of our comprehensive assessment strategy to better meet the individual needs of their students through personalized support. These developmental screenings are completed every four months to get an even clearer picture of a child’s development, and their classroom support is adjusted as needed to help ensure teachers are setting children up for success and delivering on our promise to provide the highest-quality early childhood education and care.
Ages & Stages Questionnaires® and ASQ® are registered trademarks of Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.
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