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Assessment Training Center

The Assessment Training Center (ATC) is designed to disseminate CEED’s expertise on observation, professional development and relationship-based professional development on quality measures used statewide using multiple methodologies. The original funding for the ATC was received through a planning grant from the McKnight Foundation.

ATC works with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Department of Education, and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to provide Environmental Rating Scales training and Classroom Assessment Scoring System training.

ATC Projects

Advanced Training Curricula for Early Care and Education
A project to create 108 hours of advanced training (Levels 2 and 3) for early care and education providers throughout the state as part of Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Measuring Oral Narrative and Theater Arts Skills of Preschool Children
The purpose of this project is to determine whether previously developed measures of early childhood theater arts skills are psychometrically sound. Psychometrically sound measures can be used by theatre arts programs, early childhood teachers, and researchers to explore the potential impact of early childhood theatre arts programming on young children’s school readiness.

Parent Aware
The purpose of the Parent Aware is to create a quality rating system for child care centers and family child care providers in Minnesota.

Parent Aware Evaluation Project (Child Trends) (archived)
The purpose of the Parent Aware Evaluation project completed by Child Trends, Inc. was to create a quality rating system for child care centers and homes in Minnesota.

Identifying Essential Elements of Child Care (IEEoC) (archived)
The project spanned 13 childcare centers in Hennepin County (the seat county of Minneapolis, MN) tracking the effect of childcare environment and parenting behavior on infant and toddler development in a spectrum of childcare settings, focused on families eligible for subsidized childcare assistance.

CEED conducted an evaluation of a project whose goal it was to increase parent's ability to promote literacy with their preschool-age children.

ATC Services

The following list includes services available through CEED's ATC staff.

CEED Quality Interaction Video Library

Purchase a subscription to view video clips that provide Minnesota-specific examples of strategies and teaching and which measure concepts of quality interactions. For use in quality coaching by Minnesota Center for Professional Development approved early childhood professional development providers only. For Minnesota residents and organizations only. 

CLASS Online Learning Community (OLC)

The CLASS Online Learning Community (OLC) began in October 2011. With continued funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the OLC continues to provide CLASS™ coaches and professional development providers with support on using the CLASS™. The OLC will also expand to include more advanced opportunities for past OLC participants. If you have completed CLASS Reliability and Putting CLASS™ into Practice trainings and would like to join the OLC, please contact Kristina Erstad-Sankey at

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™)

The CLASS™ examines social-emotional and instructional interactions that contribute to student’s social competence and academic achievement. 

Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015)

The Desired Results Developmental Profile is a Parent Aware recognized child assessment tool for use by family child care providers, teachers in child care centers, school districts, and special education programs for measuring child development, curriculum planning purposes, communication with parents, and monitoring child growth.

Environmental Rating Scales (ERS)

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are observational tools used to assess the quality of the environment in early care settings.

Motivational Interview Training

This introductory workshop will give a brief background of what motivational interviewing is and introduce participants to the basic principles of motivational interviewing. The workshop will also allow coaches to experience and practice practical skills and strategies to use in their work.

Reflective Practice Training

Reflective consultation involves attending to the feelings and experiences of the adults as well as those of the children because it is within these relationships where learning and change can take place. This training will integrate both theory and practice strategies in reflective consultation that is specifically geared to Parent Aware Quality Coaching.

ATC Program Staff

Amy Susman-Stillman, Research Associate

Kristina Erstad-Sankey, ATC Coordinator, CLASS™ Reliability Anchor

Mary Beth Settergren, ERS Reliability Anchor

Ashley Midthun, Quality Environment Observer

Margarita Milenova, Quality Environment Observer

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Last modified on February 21, 2013.