Parent involvement is a key factor in providing long-term educational outcomes for children. In Head Start, we recognize that parents are the first teachers of their children. Ideas from parents are welcomed and teachers regularly talk with parents to learn about their child’s interests which are then incorporated into learning activities. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and participate in at-home School Readiness Activities with their children. Developmental (Brigance) and behavioral (DECA) screenings done at school help teachers and parents understand children’s strengths and aids in setting educational goals specific to each child’s needs. The Creative Curriculum model of teaching is used in all areas of the day – large group/circle time, small group, outdoor activity time, and free-choice time – providing a variety of student-led learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally; fostering their confidence and building lifelong critical thinking skills.
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