News You Can Use: Play

This is useful information for home visitors, program staff, caregivers, and others serving infants and toddlers through Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start.

Watch Me Grow!

Watch this short video to explore basic principles of child development. This information can help staff as they support and individualize care for infants and very young children.

Let's Talk About Music

Through music, children experience and explore concepts that help them with building capacities that range from social-emotional expression to physical development. Caregivers, parents, families and others who engage with very young children will learn the importance of adapting songs to fit the age and development of the children in their care. This podcast features interviews and resources drawn from the Office of Head Start’s Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative.

Preschool Teachers

Teachers know and understand the broad range of content areas and the developmental expectations (i.e., social and emotional, cognitive, expressive and receptive language, motor, adaptive, and English language development) appropriate for young children as outlined by the Head Start Early Learning Framework. Teachers consider what they want children to know, understand, and be able to do using the five essential domains.

Head Start Mental Health Services Newsletter: April 2017: Planning for Smooth Transitions

Young children experience many transitions. These transitions can range from the small ones throughout the day to the larger ones that are more life-changing. While transitions can be stressful, they can also provide meaningful learning opportunities for young children. In this issue of Strong Foundations in Mental Health for Social and Emotional Well-Being, find resources that support smooth transitions for children and the adults who care for them.

BabyTalks: Playing to Learn: Benefits of Play in Early Childhood

Play is an important part of learning across the early childhood years. In this webinar, learn how play builds critical cognitive and behavioral skills across the birth to age 5 years. Find out what play looks like for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

A Creative Adventure

Art, music, and drama activities are important endeavors in a young child's development. This 13-minute streaming video encourages Head Start classroom staff, teachers, and parents to employ visual and performing arts techniques to support learning, as well as creative expression. Filmed in classrooms and home-based settings, the video demonstrates activities that allow children to use their imaginations and experience creative adventures.