Partnership with the University of Minnesota
In 1996, researchers from the Universities of Kansas, Oregon, and Minnesota began the Early Childhood Research Institute on Measuring Growth and Development. The main purpose of this Institute was to develop improved methods for continuously measuring skills and needs of children with disabilities or who are at-risk from birth to age eight.
In the search for a more useful assessment tool, a model for determining general outcomes and Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) was designed. The University of Minnesota and PICA have entered into an agreement to use the IGDI tools to:
- Determine what the rate of growth looks like in PICA children
- Promote intentional teaching among PICA staff
- Provide a comparison with assessments of PICA children by other institutions, and
- Provide the Head Start community with information about the progress of PICAs children.