Early literacy screening is the key to providing an effective literacy program. Each aspect of our curriculum, combined with the assessment initiatives set by diverse state/national parties, guide us when selecting screening tools. At COA, we have instituted various assessment bodies such as Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), the Metropolitan Readiness Tests® (MRT®) and Early Math Diagnostic (EMDA) assessment programs. These tools measure children's knowledge of important emergent literacy fundamentals including: name writing, alphabet knowledge, print/ word awareness, literacy concepts, developing language and quantitative mathematics concepts. We effectively implement bi-annual assessments to evaluate our preschooler's progress, and by employing these standards our children consistently outperform the national standards year after year. Early learning at its best!