Spring 2005

Developmental Assessment Tool Survey of Early Learning Coalitions in Florida


Dear Early Learning Coalition Director


We are asking you to take part in a survey that will help us understand what developmental assessment tools are being used for young children in subsidized child care in the state of Florida. There is an understanding among county Early Learning Coalitions that a number of different tools are being used across the state. This survey will update and build on the information collected by Ms. Susan Main in Jacksonville within the last couple of years. This survey is planned as a current and systematic accounting of which and how specific tools are being used.


This survey is part of the Early Childhood Assessment Tool study being implemented by the University of South Florida and funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, FL. The other part of this project will statistically compare the LAP-D, ASQ, and a new tool to measure classroom adjustment, the E-CARE, for 4 year olds at selected child care centers in Pinellas County. The goal of that part of the study is to acquire more understanding of the comparative effectiveness in identifying delays and cost efficiency of the LAP-D and ASQ and how classroom adjustment may affect scores on the LAP-D and ASQ.


The attached survey should take from about 10 to 30 minutes to complete. We ask that you complete the survey and return it to us within the next two weeks. We plan to release results of both parts of the study to you and your colleagues at Early Learning Coalitions statewide and associated funders when the research is completed.


Any questions about the survey can be directed to Susan Allen at 727-553-4969 / ecatsurv@stpt.usf.edu. If you would like to print out a copy of this survey you can access it through this link: http://www.stpt.usf.edu/sfallen/snAllenDevelopmentalScreeningTool.htm



When you are ready to complete and submit the survey, please click on this link or cut and paste the URL into your web address window: http://www.stpt.usf.edu/sfallen/elwebsurv/survey.htm


Thank you in advance for your help in furthering our understanding of how Early Learning Coalitions throughout this state are helping young children by assessing development and identifying delays at young ages.


Sincerely yours,

Susan Allen, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of South Florida St. Petersburg

140 7th Ave. South, DAV 258

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Fax 727-553-4526