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Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) and the Help for Special Preschoolers Assessment Checklist (HSPAC)

The Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP; Vort, 2004) and the HELP for Special Preschoolers Assessment Checklist (HSPAC) are designed to identify young children’s needs, set instructional objectives, and monitor their progress (Furuno et al./The Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 1987).


The HELP is designed for children from birth to age 3, and the HSPAC is designed for children aged 3 to 6.

The instruments give information regarding the child’s performance in five general areas: Self- Help, Motor Development, Communication, Social Skills, and Learning/Cognitive. Information for completing the checklist may be gathered from (a) observation of the student, (b) interviews with the parent, or (c) play interactions with the child. This can be useful when the child cannot participate meaningfully in formal academic assessment.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) Vort Corporation (2004) The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Furuno et al.) (1987) The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Furuno et al., 1987) Birth-6

Criterion-referenced; covers 685 skills (birth–3 yrs.) and 622 skills (3–6 yrs.)

Administration by observation of student; parent interview; or play interaction with student

Estimates vary according to number of areas rated and method of administration

Cognitive, Language, Gross-Motor, Fine-Motor, Social, Self-Help

Availability: Vort Corporation,

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