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.
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.
When your program is selecting a home-based curriculum, use this checklist to guide the decision-making process.
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.
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.
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.