Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The new framework is designed to show the continuum of learning of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be able to do during their early years.

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Understanding the ELOF: Stories from Experts

Join the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning as we interview early childhood experts. Learn how the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) can support a continuum of learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The ELOF is grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be able to do during their early years. This podcast series provides practical and useful information from experts on how to apply the ELOF to specific populations and support teaching domains.

Some speakers in this series use the phrase "native language" to mean home language. A glossary of terms, speaker information, and more podcasts are coming soon.

Brenda Jones Harden: Supporting Intentional Interactions in Home Visiting

Daryl Greenfield: Encouraging Our Youngest Scientists at Work

Pam Winton: Systematically Support Children with Disabilities

Catherine Snow: Building Language Knowledge

Communicative intent is the use of gestures, facial expressions, and verbalizations to deliver a message.

Epiphenomenon is a secondary effect (e.g., vocabulary) that comes after a first physical phenomenon (e.g., knowledge and concept understanding).

Linda Espinosa: Scaffolding the Assets of Dual Language Learners

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Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 2015 Webinars

Implementation of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (Oct. 6, 2015)

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (June 30, 2015)

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five Webinar Slides available in PowerPoint [PPTX, 5MB] and PDF [PDF, 540KB]

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework Intersection with States

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 2015. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2015. English.

Last Reviewed: March 2017

Last Updated: April 10, 2017