Our program's curriculum emphasizes the involvement of families as the primary teacher of their children. Education services include home visits with caregivers to plan activities that enhance each child’s individual growth and development.
The most important goal is to help children become confident and secure learners. The philosophy behind our curriculum that young children learn best by doing, supported by responsive, caring and knowledgeable adults. Learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work, and this is best accomplished through play. Play is the work of young children. Play provides the foundation for later academic success in school. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters and numbers. Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the classroom, selection of toys and materials, the daily schedule, and how we interact with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give each child a successful transition into kindergarten.
KIDCO HEAD START PROGRAM
Early childhood is the best time to help a child. Providing the right kind of learning experiences and nurturing relationships builds a foundation that lasts a lifetime.
We are committed to doing the best job we can to help children enter kindergarten self-confident and ready to learn. This requires
on-going improvement in the quality of our teaching practices. We use knowledge gained from research to inform our practices and to help us select curricula and tools. One tool, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), is used to strengthen teacher practices that are shown to improve children’s readiness for kindergarten in all areas; social, emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and math. The tool is based on direct observation by certified education specialists and the results used to support on-going improvement in teaching practices.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
+ Social / Emotional