Research-Based Curricula and Teaching Practices
A high-quality, research-based curriculum provides learning goals and activities in key areas of children's development that reflect support for school readiness goals. A curriculum provides guidance on what to teach (content) and how to teach (learning experiences and teaching practices). The content is drawn from current child development science, the interests and ideas of the children, and the values of the community.
Choosing a Preschool Curriculum
Use these guides to help make informed decisions about choosing a preschool curriculum and assuring high-quality implementation of the curriculum.
- Curriculum, Assessment and the Head Start Framework: An Alignment Review Tool [PDF, 237KB] Available in Spanish
- Choosing a Preschool Curriculum [PDF, 131KB]
- Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report [PDF, 17MB]
is an introduction that provides context for the Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report.
Head Start Child Development and Early Learning FrameworkGo to the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework is an important resource for indentifying the content of a program’s early childhood curriculum.
brings the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework to life. Each of the domains and domain elements are illustrated by children and teachers from Head Start programs across the country.
Head Start Resources
Last Reviewed: December 2012
Last Updated: January 23, 2015