Research-Based Curricula and Teaching Practices
A high-quality, research-based curriculum provides learning goals and activities in key areas of children's development that reflect support for school readiness goals. A curriculum provides guidance on what to teach (content) and how to teach (learning experiences and teaching practices). The content is drawn from current child development science, the interests and ideas of the children, and the values of the community.
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.
- Curriculum, Assessment and the Head Start Framework: An Alignment Review Tool [PDF, 237KB] Available in Spanish
- Choosing a Preschool Curriculum [PDF, 131KB]
- Guidance on Comprehensive and Domain-Specific Preschool Curriculum Consumer Reports [PDF, 121KB]
- Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report [PDF, 17MB]
- Mathematics Curriculum Consumer Report [PDF, 9.8MB]
- Literacy and Language Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report [PDF, 10MB]
- Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report [PDF, 9.6MB]
This short video is an introduction that provides context for the Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report.
This webinar helps Head Start administrators, teachers, home visitors, and child care partners understand and explore curriculum fidelity.
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework is a key resource for selecting developmentally appropriate, research-based curricula. Use it to identify content that will promote children's development and learning in all the Framework domains.
Voices from the Field
Watch these previously recorded webinars to learn about current research on teaching practices and applying the practices in classrooms.
Head Start Resources
- A Head Start on Picturing America
- Nature-based Learning and Development
Last Reviewed: December 2016
Last Updated: January 13, 2017