Messy play is the open-ended exploration of materials and their properties. Learn ways to manage the mess as children learn foundational cognitive principles and exercise motor, language, and social skills.
This resource provides guiding questions for exploring how a curriculum fosters children's thinking skills and a deeper understanding of concepts.
Children learn by doing. Use these resources to find out how children’s learning experiences build on their natural interests and curiosity about the world and lead to learning and development.
Find resources about how to select and implement a research-based curriculum. Learn ways teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors can put research-based curriculum and teaching practices to work.
Curriculum fidelity refers to how closely programs apply curriculum content and processes as they are designed. Explore this collection of resources to learn more.
This guide helps education staff explore how a curriculum approaches teaching and learning. Learn how a curriculum addresses learning domains and goals, supports family engagement, and more.
Head Start administrators and education staff can review this document to understand and explore curriculum fidelity.
In this guide, learn about ways to align curricula and teaching practices with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) domains. Discover how staff can use the ELOF to promote children’s development.
Explore this brief for ways to use a curriculum’s scope and sequence to plan responsive learning experiences for infants and toddlers and their families.
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.