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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 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.

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 Curriculum in a Responsive Environment

Explore the Teacher Time 2016–2017 Birth to 5 series of webcasts and related teaching tips and materials for curriculum implementation.

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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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Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

Explore the interactive Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) to find curriculum resources related to the ELOF domains.

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Curriculum

Topic:Curriculum

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Last Updated: February 20, 2018