Head Start program curriculum

Borrowed from MN Head Start website:
"Promote the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of all children.
Work closely with families in order to support children’s learning and development and value the families influence as the children’s primary educator.
Utilize a team approach that benefits from the skills of all center staff, which maximizes success for children while preparing them to be school ready.
Individualize for all the children through a variety of activities and teaching strategies that provide opportunities for children to be active learners.
Interest areas are available for children to learn in including blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers and outdoors. Children are provided with opportunities to engage in individual, small group or large group activities. Developmentally appropriate materials are available that are challenging, yet offer opportunities for success. Children are helped to express their feelings and organize their thinking and their use of words, both in spontaneous and structured language experiences. The children may be helped to work toward the recognition of symbols, numbers and letters based on each child’s individual level. Throughout the day children are given opportunities to solve problems, initiate activities, explore, experiment, question, and gain mastery of skills through learning by doing.

In our classrooms, teachers continue to build on their understanding of individual children by ongoing observation and assessment, which enables them to plan appropriate strategies and activities to meet the children’s needs. Additionally, a developmental screening and a social/emotional health screening are completed on every child in order to determine an initial baseline of skills and strengths and plan accordingly."

My son didn't attend the Head Start program, but he went to a different preschool programs similar to Head Start. We had a tour in a Head Start facility in Coon Rapids, MN and we were very impressed by their classrooms., gym and playground. All teachers looked very friendly and kids looked happy. I was kind of sad that my son wasn't eligible for Head Start because they have some income restrictions, so we had to choose a different preschool for him.

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