Professional Development

Early Childhood Education

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Head Start programs must ensure teachers and relevant staff provide responsive care, effective teaching, and an organized learning environment. They also must promote children's healthy growth and development in ways that align with school readiness goals.

Early childhood education includes the following categories:

  • Dual Language Learners
  • Learning Environments and Engaging Interactions
  • Highly Individualized Teaching and Learning

Teachers and caregivers use responsive strategies to enhance the development of culturally and linguistically diverse children, including those who are dual language learners (DLLs). They also use a variety of assessment practices to determine and address the individual needs of children with disabilities, or those who may require special accommodations and curricular adaptations.

Professional development providers, education managers, and supervisors can use the resource sets below to support staff engaged in early education and care for all children ages birth to 5. Explore resources for successfully conducting workshops and sessions targeted toward improving teaching practices. Materials include presentations and handouts.

Dual Language Learners

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See how professional development providers can work with teachers to help young children who are DLLs maintain their home languages and learn English.

Learning Environments and Engaging Interactions

Children reading in play bed

Learn how to design environments that are responsive to children's active learning and promote relationship-building. Effective instructional strategies can build positive relationships with adults and peers.

Last Updated: May 23, 2018