Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework guides all programs serving three- to five-year-old children, including children who are dual language learners and children with disabilities, on the key elements of school readiness.

The Revised Framework Documents

Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, English (Revised Sept 2011) [PDF 1.6MB]

Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, Spanish (Revised Sept 2011) [PDF 1.4MB]

Webcast on the Revised Framework

This webcast introduces the Framework and includes:

  • an overview of the revisions—what's new and what's the same;
  • descriptions of the three new domains and their rationale;
  • the relationship of the Framework to program operations, program planning, and quality improvement; and
  • how the Framework brings additional focus to school readiness for preschool children

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A panel of staff from the Office of Head Start and the Y of Central Maryland, Baltimore County Head Start discuss the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework in a half-hour Webcast.

Announcement of the Revised Child Outcomes Framework

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of the Office of Head Start, announces the revision of the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework, now called the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework is an important tool that helps programs to promote continuous quality improvements and child well-being and success.

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The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2011. English.

Last Reviewed: April 2013

Last Updated: July 16, 2014