At Head Start Early Childhood programs, we believe in utilizing tools and strategies that have been proven to be effective in promoting children’s learning and development. Curriculum used in the classroom and on home visits have been backed up by decades of research.

HighScope

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HighScope is a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. Curriculum goals for young children are:The HighScope Curriculum is used in our Infant/Toddler (Early Head Start) and Preschool (Head Start) classrooms. HighScope’s educational approach emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.

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To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas

To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life

To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned

To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas

 

Parents as Teachers

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The Parents as Teachers Curriculum is used by the Early Head Start Home Based program, which serves families with children age birth to three as well as pregnant. Parents as Teachers is a worldwide leader in the delivery of evidence-based home visiting and parent engagement tools that demonstrate successful results in the school readiness, literacy, health and development of young children. Each home visitor is trained and mentored in the Parents as Teachers approach to ensure that the highest quality services are provided.

Partners for a Healthy Baby

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Partners for Healthy Baby is the curriculum used by Home Visitors to support expectant moms. Each Home Visitor is trained in implementing this curriculum. Partners for a Healthy Baby is a nationally recognized, research-based, practice-informed curriculum used by many home visiting models to help address issues of child health and development within the context of the unique needs of expectant and parenting families.