Curriculum

A high-quality, research-based curriculum promotes measurable progress toward children’s development. The content and learning outcomes of the curriculum align with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and state early care and education standards.

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. 

Teacher Time Birth to 5 Series

Each episode in the 2016–2017 Teacher Time and Coffee Break series includes separate presentations for infant and toddler and preschool teachers and family child care providers. The infant/toddler series focuses on implementing curriculum in a responsive learning environment. The preschool series offers tips for making classrooms more culturally and linguistically responsive by building the curriculum and instructional decision-making around children’s knowledge, skills, and interests. This professional development series is designed for Head Start and Early Head Start teachers and family child care providers who care for and teach young children in center-based and family child care settings.

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.

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.