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Engaging Interactions and Environments

The foundation of the House represents the fundamental elements of quality preschool practice. These include social and emotional support, well-organized and managed classrooms, and meaningful teacher-child interactions that support children's engagement in learning.

Effective, engaging interactions and environments are the foundation for development and learning across all Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework domains.

Before you begin, learn more about Engaging Interactions and Environments by viewing the Building a Solid Foundation 15-minute in-service suite.

Effective instructional interactions expand children's development. Teachers promote critical thinking and language skills, and provide supportive feedback for learning.

15-minute In-service Suites

These 15-minute in-service suites are a resource for professional development in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. The in-service suites are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices.

Selected Resources – Instructional Interactions

Well-organized classrooms feature consistent schedules, well-designed learning centers, established routines, and sensitive and appropriate guidance strategies.

15-minute In-service Suites

These 15-minute in-service suites are a resource for professional development in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. The in-service suites are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices.

Selected Resources – Well-Organized Classrooms

Social and emotional support means that teachers establish and promote a positive climate in their classrooms through their interactions every day.

15-minute In-service Suites

These 15-minute in-service suites are a resource for professional development in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. The in-service suites are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices.

Selected Resources – Social and Emotional Support

Selected Resources

These resources help to identify best practices in establishing engaging interactions and environments to support child outcomes and school readiness goals.

 

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Last Reviewed: July 2014

Last Updated: July 15, 2014