Implementation Support


Use Our Head Start Tools with Confidence

Knowing how our Head Start tools work is important for using them effectively. Take a minute to explore the resources below to learn more about your BRIGANCE tools and how you can use them.

Introduction to the Head Start Tools

These short videos highlight the features and benefits of our Head Start tools.

Step-by-Step Support

Head Start educators use our screening and assessment tools for different purposes and in varying situations. Consider the scenarios below. Then, for step-by-step support, choose the scenario that most closely describes how your program is using our Head Start tools or the one that most closely reflects the screening and assessment requirements for your program.

(This implementation support is intended as a refresher and does not take the place of professional development provided by our BRIGANCE professional development specialists.)

Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening (1 Time per Year)

Many programs screen only once. This screening takes place within 45 days of a child’s entry into the program.


Developmental Screening (2–3 Times per Year)

Some programs screen multiple times. Each child’s initial screening takes place within 45 days of a child’s entry into the program. Follow-up screenings may take place midyear, end of year, or as indicated by your program to monitor progress.


Developmental Screening and Additional Assessment

Developmental Screening and Ongoing Assessment

Many programs screen and then administer assessments from the criterion-referenced IED III—Head Start Edition for a more in-depth and ongoing assessment of skill mastery.


Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

This correlation shows which assessments in the IED III (Head Start Edition) support specific Head Start domain goals.