Making It Work! Connecting Cultural Learning Experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native Classrooms and Communities with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Adults have always taught children the skills and values that they need to succeed as adults in their culture. The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) calls these the "domains of early learning." When early childhood programs connect their traditional cultural skills, values, beliefs, and life ways with the ELOF domains, children develop math, literacy, social-emotional, self-help, and other skills. The Making It Work! resource is a planning process that supports American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start programs to teach their language and culture while meeting Head Start requirements.

At-a-Glance Comparison: Tribal Child Care and Development Fund and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start

Tribes have requirements in their two-year Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) plans to coordinate the delivery of services with other tribal, federal, state, and local early childhood development programs, such as Head Start. This chart provides a quick glance that compares tribal child care with Head Start programs, and can be used by American Indian and Alaska Head Start programs to further their collaboration efforts.

School Readiness: Supporting the Transition from Head Start to Kindergarten

The underlying goal of school readiness in Head Start is successful transition to kindergarten. The purposeful coordination between Head Start classroom and elementary school settings can expand the gains that children have made in the program. View this webinar for a framework to guide you in the creation of a successful transition process for your program.

School Readiness Resources for You!

Watch this webinar to explore an orientation to NCQTL school readiness resources. They are designed to support your work on all four school readiness action steps for infants and toddlers.

Resources for Early Learning Professional Development

Explore this webinar to get an overview of NCQTL resources. They are designed to help Head Start teaching staff with training and professional development. Learn more about school readiness, CLASS®, teacher development, and kindergarten transition.

Unpacking Your In-service Suite Box Set

Use the hands-on activities in this webinar to "unpack" the NCQTL in-service suite box set. An orientation to key resources and AIAN supplemental materials also are provided.

Let's Talk about Data! Leading Cultures of Inquiry

This webinar promotes meaningful data dialogues by keeping interactions real, learning-focused, and child-centered. It includes practical ideas to use data in meaningful dialogue, a three-step model to guide data-driven inquiry, and strategies for using child outcome information.

Supporting Native Indian Preschoolers and Their Families

Community partners work effectively with preschools to design after-school events that incorporate storytelling and other Native Indian customs. These family-focused events are foundational to enhancing learning and building family resources to support the achievement of Native American children. This article presents effective strategies and the benefits that result from focusing on building family, school, and community relationships.