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Management Bulletin 16-06

Early Education and Support Division

Subject: Information about the options for implementation of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) (DRDP [2015]) for providers of early education services for preschool-aged children funded by the Early Education and Support Division (EESD) and the Special Education Division (SED)

Number: 16-06

Date: May 2016

Expires: Until Rescinded

Authority: California Education Code (EC) sections 8203, 8203.5, 8261, and 8282; California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 18270.5 and 18272

Attention: Executive Directors and Program Directors of EESD General Child Care and Development Programs (CCTR), California State Preschool Programs (CSPP), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHEN), Migrant Center Programs (CMIG) and Severely Handicapped Programs (CHAN) and of SED-funded Early Education programs


The purpose of this Management Bulletin (MB) is to inform DRDP (2015) assessment users that, starting Fiscal Year 2016–17, the DRDP (2015) will have two preschool views, a fundamental view and comprehensive view, for assessing children from preschool-age to kindergarten entry. This MB does not address the Infant/Toddler view of this instrument.


For EESD: California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 18272 requires EESD contracted centers, preschools, and FCCHEN to complete the age-appropriate DRDP for each child enrolled in the program for at least ten hours per week, and for each child with exceptional needs, even if enrolled less than ten hours per week. The DRDP must be completed for each child within 60 calendar days of the child’s enrollment in the program and at least once every six months thereafter.

For SED: Public Law 108-446, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA 2004) and regulations from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) form the legal basis for the participation of infants and toddlers and their families with Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and preschool-age children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the DRDP Assessment System. For information on eligible children and assessment timelines, visit the Desired Results Access Web page at External link opens in new window or tab..


About the DRDP (2015)

The DRDP (2015), a developmental continuum from early infancy to kindergarten entry, is designed to assess the developmental progression of all children in California Department of Education (CDE)-funded programs including children with an IFSP or an IEP. The assessment has an Infant/Toddler view for children younger than three years of age, and a Preschool view for children who are age three years and older. This assessment is fully aligned to the California Early Learning Foundations and Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

The Infant/Toddler and Preschool views include measures in five domains: (1) Approaches to Learning-Self Regulation, (2) Social and Emotional Development, (3) Language and Literacy Development, (4) Cognition, and (5) Physical Development-Health.

The 2015–16 Preschool view includes the additional domains of: (1) History-Social Science, (2) English-Language Development, (3) Visual and Performing Arts, and (4) Additional measures for Mathematics and Science in the Cognition domain.

Recognizing the need for flexibility and based on research indicating which domains are most predictive of later school success, the CDE has identified fundamental domains that assess the essential domains of school readiness for preschool-aged children and created two preschool view options. The two view options are: (1) the Preschool Fundamental View which will require 30 measures and (2) the Preschool Comprehensive View which is comprised of the current 59 measures.

The Preschool Fundamental View option requires fewer domains for assessing preschoolers. The required domains are: (1) Approaches to Learning-Self Regulation, (2) Social and Emotional Development, (3) Language and Literacy Development, (4) Mathematics, and (5) Physical Development.

The Preschool Fundamental View allows flexibility for agencies who desire a more compact profile of a preschooler’s development. The Preschool Comprehensive View (the current full, unabbreviated Preschool View) will continue to be available as an option for programs to use. The CDE is committed to the idea of the whole child and supporting all domains and encourages programs serving preschool-aged children to use the Preschool Comprehensive View.

The new Preschool Fundamental and Preschool Comprehensive Views pertain only to assessment of preschool-age children. The DRDP (2015) Infant/Toddler View remains unchanged.


Implementation of the DRDP (2015) Preschool options for EESD and SED Programs

The DRDP (2015) continues to be required for all preschool-aged children enrolled at least ten hours per week in a direct service CDE EESD contract and for each preschool-aged child with an IEP, even if receiving services less than ten hours per week. Beginning with the 2016–17 contract year, contractors have the option to use either the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View or the Preschool Comprehensive View. Program administrators will decide which preschool view their programs will use for the program year. The Preschool Fundamental View is required for all preschool-aged children with IEPs reporting to the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS). Training will be provided to EESD teachers and SED assessors via webinars, training modules, and in-person training.

For up-to-date information regarding training activities, for EESD-funded programs, visit the Desired Results for Children and Families Web page at External link opens in new window or tab.. For SED-funded programs or for information about children with IFSPs and IEPs, visit the Desired Results Access Web site at External link opens in new window or tab..

The DRDP access and the DRDP (2010) have been discontinued. Children dually enrolled in SED and EESD programs will be assessed using the DRDP (2015) instrument. When children are served by both EESD and SED programs, the teachers and specialists are to collaborate utilizing one assessment following the more stringent timeline, and handle DRDP data according to the requirements of each division.

DRDP Data Reporting

For EESD Programs

DRDPtech©, a secure cloud application, is provided free of charge to: (1) EESD-funded programs, (2) California Head Start programs, (3) California School Districts and County Offices of Education, (4) California Tribal Child Care and Development Fund programs and (5) California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California. As of the 2015–16 program year, per MB 15-03, EESD-funded agencies are required to use the DRDPtech© to obtain psychometrically valid reports. Use of DRDPtech© will also meet the record retention requirement. This means no paper copies of the instrument are required for individual children when assessment data is stored in DRDPtech©. For agencies that use commercial vendors, an Excel format will be provided so data can be uploaded into DRDPtech© to take advantage of the psychometrically valid report functions. Inspiron DRDP (2015) forms are available for programs without internet access. If you have further questions, please see MB 15-03.

For SED Programs

SED programs will submit DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View data for all preschool-aged children with IEPs to CASEMIS. For questions about CASEMIS, contact


EESD Programs

Questions regarding the information in this MB may be addressed to Serene Yee, Consultant, Quality Improvement Office, by phone at 916-322-1048 or by e-mail at or [Note: The previous information is no longer valid.] with your assigned Early Education and Support Field Services Consultant. Contact information can be found on the Consultant Regional Assignments Web page at or by phone at 916-322-6233.

SED Programs

Questions regarding the participation of SED in the DRDP Assessment System may be addressed to Sheila Self, Consultant, Policy Program Services Office, by e-mail at [Note: The previous information is no longer valid]. For questions regarding SED requirements for use of the DRDP (2015), including training, reports, or technical assistance, contact the Desired Results Access Project by e-mail at, by phone at 1-800-673-9220, or by visiting the Desired Results Access Project Web page at

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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