EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The Education Component strives for the creation of secure, friendly learning environments for children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Children are explorers, eager to move about and playfully interact with their surroundings. They learn best by manipulating and investigating the world around them through the use of their five senses.
Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. It also aims to meet the need of the community served and its ethnic and cultural characteristics. If programs have a majority of bilingual children, for example, at least on teacher or aide must speak their native language.
Exposure to experiences with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, social and emotional concepts will provide the necessary skills for success in life. Building kindergarten readiness in children is emphasized, rather than rote teaching of letters and numbers. Our ultimate goal is that children leave Head Start with positive learning experiences and high self-esteem.
Head Start Authorization "Improving Head Start for School Readiness" Act
Preparing Children for Kindergarten
The Head Start approach to school readiness means that children are ready for school (Ready Children); families are ready to support their children's learning (Ready Families) and schools are ready for the children at kindergarten entry (Ready Schools/Community.
The process of transitioning children to kindergarten is facilitated in the following ways:
A total of 631 children transitioned to kindergarten at the close of the 2016-2017 Head Start program year. To prepare children, families, schools and community for transition, a variety of activities were conducted. Some examples of activities are:
For parents and families, school readiness means they are engaged in the long-term, life- long success of their child. Head Start recognizes that parents are their children's primary teacher and advocates. Therefore, as the Head Start and LEA's work together to promote school readiness and to engage families as their children make the transition to kindergarten, schools will be ready for children.