Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

The Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development domain includes Effective Practices for each sub-domain. In these guides, learn how teaching practices support children’s development in all early learning settings.

School Readiness Action Steps for Infants and Toddlers

All Head Start agencies must establish program goals for improving the school readiness of participating children and follow steps to achieve those goals. These action steps will help Head Start agencies providing birth-to-three services meet the needs of infants and toddlers. The four school readiness action steps involve establishing goals, implementing a plan for achieving the goals, assessing progress, and analyzing data in order to make plans for program improvement. Note: This resource is under review.

PFCE Framework Webinar Series

With goals and a plan of action in place, the next challenge is to identify ways to measure children’s progress toward meeting goals. Child-level assessment data is collected for individual children by programs using one or more valid and reliable assessment systems. Tools for determining a child’s status and progress include, but are not limited to, direct assessment, structured observations, checklists, staff or parent report measures, and portfolio records or work samples.

Effective Practice Guides

The Effective Practice Guides provide information about teaching practices that support children’s development across ELOF domains. See what these practices look like in early learning settings.

Head Start Approach to School Readiness: FAQs

The Head Start Approach to School Readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children.