A written curriculum plan, as defined in the Program Performance Standards, provides a framework within which the EHS staff can individualize what infants and toddlers need to learn and how they learn. Providing intentional, purposeful, and individualized learning moments within the curriculum plan means using the knowledge of the child and his/her development to provide experiences and materials the child needs to ensure on-going development. The Performance Standards specifically uses the word “experiences” rather than “activities” within the definition of curriculum. Experiences are the specific and intentional focus of potential learning within activities. EHS staff will design experiences to be appropriate for a child at various ages and stages of development, and with changing interests and needs. Experiences and routines will be provided in a variety of ways that respond to the interests and learning styles of each child.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR 1304.3(a)(5) , 1304.21 (b)
It was approved by Policy Council on April 2018
Updated: March 2018