Curriculum


Early Head Start

In our center-based infant/toddler programs we use the Creative Curriculum in conjunction with Teaching Strategies GOLD. The Creative Curriculum, a national researched based curriculum, is used to provide developmentally appropriate activities and individualized lesson plans. Lesson plans are completed on a bi-weekly basis for this age group and are individualized for the development level of each child. Lesson plans are available for review and parent input is always welcomed. Teaching Strategies GOLD is used to assess all of the children’s development four times a year and is aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, School Readiness Goals and Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality.

In our home-based program we utilize the Parents As Teachers Curriculum. Individualized lesson plans are completed on a weekly basis for this program and are developed with the family. This program also offers Socializations (Tot Time) twice per month where parents and children can come and learn and play with other families in the home-based program. Teaching Strategies GOLD is also used in the home-based program to assess children’s development.


Head Start

In our center-based preschool programs, we also use the Creative Curriculum in conjunction with Teaching Strategies GOLD, Zoo-phonics and Handwriting Without Tears. Weekly lesson plans encompass the areas of literacy, physical health development, social-emotional development, language, mathematics, science, nutrition and outdoor activities. Lesson plans are individualized for the development level of each child and are available for review and parent input is always welcomed.  Teaching Strategies GOLD is used to assess all of the children’s development four times a year and is aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, School Readiness Goals and Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality. Zoo-phonics is a multi-sensory program that teaches children the alphabet through phonics and memory. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum helps children to use their fine motor skills for writing.

 

Resources:

www.teachingstrategies.com
www.zoo-phonics.com
www.hwtears.com

Framework for Infants/Toddlers
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/itf

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 2015
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/elof

Michigan Standards of Quality for Infants/Toddlers
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/ECSQ_IT_approved_422341_7.pdf

Michigan Standards of Quality for Preschoolers
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/ECSQ_OK_Approved_422339_7.pdf