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Education & Early Childhood Development

Education & Early Childhood Development

Head Start offers Six (6) quality early childhood learning centers with 50 years of experience in early child development.  The standards for the Head Start curriculum are based on a developmentally appropriate model and include learning goals in language and literacy, physical development, cognitive development, and social and emotional development.  We are aware that each child develops at their own rate and our curriculum is based on individual interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds, and learning styles.

The daily schedule provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities within a classroom schedule that fosters continuity. There is an early childhood teacher and an early childhood assistant in each classroom.  The classroom is divided into learning centers and includes blocks, dramatic play, science and discovery, creative art, math, manipulative, computer, language and literacy.

Each child is screened within two weeks of enrollment and their progress is assessed three times a year in all areas of development using classroom anecdotal observations and portfolios. This information provides the teacher and the parent with information to meet each child’s educational and developmental needs.