How will you provide the highest quality education to young children? ... Use data to track and understand children's developmental progress
♦ Enforce consistent scheduling and service provision
♦ Support staff professional development and quality practices
♦ Improve parent engagement
♦ Have meaningful outcome data at all levels: child, classroom, programs, organizations and communities
Early childhood education can produce significant gains in a child’s learning and development, and early childhood education professionals are committed to providing high quality activities and experiences to support this important mission. Early childhood education may consist of any number of activities and experiences designed to aid in the cognitive and social development of preschoolers before they enter elementary school. As understanding on what qualifies as "care" vs "education", and determing which programs are high quality, the need for data management is now foundational to support best practices in early education.
COMET's program attendance, service management, pre-post assessment and communication module can be used in combination to support a high quality early childhood education practice. With screening, normed assessments, pre-post reports and progress monitoring, our complete web-based database system is HIPAA & FERPA compliant and supports longitudinal analysis. Use our class, program and activity groupings to maintain a balance between individual, small group, and large group activities, and to maintain a balanced schedule that does not overly tire the children. Support scheduled communication between teachers/staff and parents/caregivers. Record, check and communicate on children’s progress more frequently.
Early Education & Childcare Programs
- may be center-based, home-based, or in a public school.
- may be offered part-day, full-day or year-round schedule.
- may be operated privately, by a school district, by a community-based organization (CBO) or through a federally funded program like Head Start.
- include preschool for three-, four-, or five-year olds provided in childcare, daycare and nursery school settings, as well as more conventional preschool or pre-kindergarten classrooms.
Children's Institute - Early Childhood Programs
Early childhood administrators and educators look to Children’s Institute for services, training, programs and partnerships that can make positive and measurable differences in early childhood education efforts.
GROW-Rochester is a comprehensive initiative that integrates screenings for three-year-olds to identify needs in hearing, vision, dental health, language and speech, cognitive, and social-emotional development. COMET tracks each child’s data which allows for follow-up reporting and analysis of trends, and supports a parent portal to fully engage and inform parents.
RECAP is a community-wide assessment process that improves the quality of programs for three- and four-year-olds, including prekindergarten classrooms. Over 2,000 children and 170 classrooms are assessed annually with data stored in COMET for ongoing tracking and analysis.
Primary Project from Children's Institute
Primary Project is a national evidence-based program that helps children in Pre-K through third grade adjust to school, gain confidence, social skills, and focus on learning. Begun in 1957, Primary Project is the foundational program of Children’s Institute. Schools who implement Primary Project use COMET to screen children in the early grades and identify those who may benefit from the program, they then complete pre-post assessments on COMET to monitor progress and report on results. Having the assessment tools available online, as opposed to paper, has increased response rates up to 98% and reduced turn-out time for results from weeks to instantly!