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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 (ELOF) and state early care and education standards. It provides guidance on what (content) and how (learning experiences and teaching practices) to teach. Content is drawn from current child development science, the interests and ideas of the children, family input, and the values of the community. A curriculum also provides ways to create nurturing and responsive practices, interactions, and environments that foster trust and emotional security. It helps families to actively engage in their child’s education. Staff use what they know about each child's strengths and needs and each family's goals to plan their use of the curriculum.

A Quick Guide to Exploring Your Curriculum

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.

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Early Childhood Curriculum Resources

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.

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Choosing a Preschool Curriculum

Use these guides to help make informed decisions about choosing a preschool curriculum and assuring high-quality implementation of the curriculum.

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Implementing a Curriculum with Fidelity: Questions & Answers

Explore how early educators can put a curriculum with fidelity in place, while being responsive to the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of children and families.

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Curriculum

Topic:Curriculum

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Last Updated: August 15, 2018