Partnering with Families to Support Children’s Development

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Partnering with Families to Support Children’s Development

When schools and families work together, children are more likely to be successful. That’s why at Primrose, we believe in partnering closely with families to optimize each child’s learning and development.       ​

One way we do this is with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ®), a developmental screening tool commonly used by pediatricians. At Primrose schools, teachers use this tool to give each child a personalized learning experience based on their individual needs.       ​

Primrose is the first national provider of early education and care to use ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2 across its network of over 500 schools. We are proud to lead the charge in implementing a tool we believe benefits all children.

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A Closer Look at ASQ®​

Evidence shows that the earlier development is monitored and tracked, the better children are able to reach their full learning and growth 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 teachers and families valuable opportunities to support and challenge children appropriately.       ​

To paint a fuller 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 2 months to 66 months across five areas: 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 behaviors such as 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, which is how a child expresses himself verbally and nonverbally to peers and adults; and more.        

“We are so excited about ASQ. 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 School 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. Three times a year, families and teachers fill out a form based on their observations of the child, and results are compared. This partnership provides more accurate results and a clearer picture of a child’s development.   ​

At Primrose schools, teachers use ASQ® results as part of a comprehensive assessment strategy to better meet the individual needs of our students. 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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