A program-wide approach. Children are highly responsive to the quality and quantity of the languages in their environments. Therefore, Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) programs must ensure that all children experience high-quality instruction and language modeling. Children develop optimal language and early literacy skills when program leaders develop and implement a clear, consistent, and planned approach to language and literacy learning. Sustained, central leadership, combined with ongoing professional development, supports EHS/HS teachers to improve their skills and achieve better child outcomes.
Last Updated: December 29, 2017