This paper is the first part of a two-part series about individualizing—or tailoring—care that meets each child and family’s interests, abilities, and needs. It shares information about why individualizing care is important; some considerations for providing such care; and program structures and practices that support staff in doing this work. Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start professional development staff may use this paper with teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors. Note: This resource is under review.
Head Start programs serving infants and toddlers—Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS)—have an incredible opportunity to nurture very young children during one of the most formative periods of their lives. As a program leader, you have an important role in helping frontline staff—teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers—implement practices that are tailored to support the strengths and needs of each child and family.