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.

Teachers, Caregivers, and Family Service Staff

Home language support is the foundation for developing English language skills. Today’s early childhood staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for a growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English. We can promote positive experiences for these children by holding high expectations and emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. We also provide children and their families with the individualized learning supports necessary to succeed in school. All early childhood program staff want to understand what young dual language learners (DLLs) need in order to thrive in Head Start and beyond. These DLL Toolkit resources give teachers, caregivers, and family services staff support to foster the learning and development of young children.

Text4Teachers

Text4Teachers supports Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, staff, and others who care for and teach young children in center-based and family child care settings. Sign up to receive two free text messages per month with information, tips, research, and resources to strengthen and support your teaching practices.

Leader's Role in School Readiness

Every Head Start and Early Head Start program is required to develop a plan of action to meet desired outcomes of school readiness, family engagement, professional development), curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice. A key part of this plan is to make sure teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers intentionally support children’s progress. For this to happen, systems and services must come together as early as possible.

Practice-Based Coaching (PBC)

Watch the videos below to learn more about PBC. Explore related resources and discover the Coaching Companion tool.

Materials Adaptation

Explore this in-service suite to find strategies for using materials adaptation. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom.

Special Equipment

This in-service suite offers strategies for using special equipment. These strategies help to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Discover examples that illustrate what the strategies look like in the classroom.

Invisible Support

This in-service suite offers strategies for using invisible support. Learn how to increase the participation of children who need more support or challenge. Also, find examples of what the strategies look like in the classroom.