Learn more about the Head Start Program Performance Standards as they relate to interim services. Identify ways to put these standards into practice.
Review key features of early childhood curricula, including scope, sequence, and implementation. Find tips and checklists to ensure alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
A research-based early childhood curriculum is in line with current studies and best practices on how children develop and learn. It is content-rich and focuses on domain-specific, developmentally appropriate content and skills.
When your program is selecting a home-based curriculum, use this checklist to guide the decision-making process.
Research-based curricula for the home-based program option is founded on solid research around parenting concepts, skills, and practices that promote healthy child development. Use this checklist to evaluate your home-based curriculum.
Standardized training procedures offer initial and ongoing support to education staff as they learn to implement a curriculum with fidelity. Materials include resources that come with a curriculum to help education staff learn how to use it.
Aligning a curriculum with the ELOF allows staff to see which and to what extent the ELOF domains and sub-domains are addressed in the curriculum.
An organized developmental scope and sequence outlines what the early childhood curriculum focuses on. It also shows how the plans and materials support children at different stages of development.
Programs must develop an effective system of training and professional development. It needs to support education staff in implementing their curriculum responsively, intentionally, and with fidelity.
Learn to identify appropriate practices for meeting the Head Start Program Performance Standards on staff qualifications.