Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Consumer Report

This tool provides review summaries and ratings of infant and toddler, preschool, and home-based curricula. Use this information to help select and evaluate curricula for your program.

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Make-Believe Play

This 15-minute In-service Suite highlights the key components of make-believe play. It describes what play looks like for children ages birth to 5. It also provides practical ways to support make-believe play.

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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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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: December 31, 2019