Education - Head Start

 

The Education Component provides a socialization and school readiness experience for 3-5 year olds in a group setting of 17 children with three adults: Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Teacher's Aide. The classroom is set up with many different learning areas for the children to initiate play, explore, and learn new concepts. Through play the children develop pre-reading, writing, and math skills necessary for school readiness. We encourage the development of language and literacy skills by helping children express their wants, needs, and feelings throughout the day with adults and peers.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an "active learning" approach to educating children birth to young adulthood, which is implemented in our classrooms. The curriculum provides teachers a blueprint for organizing the classroom and playground, creating a consistent, predictable daily routine, and interacting with children in a warm and supportive manner.  A part of each daily routine is choice time: children have the opportunity to decide what they intend to do, follow through on their course of action, and then reflect on their experiences with other children and adults. Large and small group experiences are also part of the daily routine, along with the fellowship of sharing a meal and the fun of being outdoors.

We expand the child's knowledge of the world by going on field trips, to community providers, and other businesses in the area.  With support from the other service areas in the program, we bring health, mental health, and nutrition activities into the classroom to help the child know how important it is to take care of their body.

The teaching staff observes and assesses children daily throughout the year.  Our program implements a comprehensive child assessment system, Teaching Strategies GOLD, which measures children's progress across 38 learning objectives that are predictive of children's school success and conform to state early learning standards.  The data we gather informs teachers about how to support long term skill development and guides their lesson planning both for the individual child and the group at large.

The education staff encourages parents to volunteer in the classroom. Volunteering enables parents to spend time with their child, become aware of their child's developmental skills, and gain new ways of working with their child that are appropriate for the child's age. Teachers meet with the parents four times a year to discuss their child's development, share child assessment reports, and offer suggestions and strategies for how they can work with them at home. 

Staffing:

  • 2 Education Coordinators
  • 9 HS Lead Teachers
  • 9 HS Assistant Teachers
  • 9 HS Teacher's Aides