The experiences provided by the program support the children's growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child. The Head Start program utilizes the Creative Curriculum; the Creative Developmental Continuum is used to assess children three times a year and the Brigance is used to assess the children once each year. The National Reporting System (NRS) is administered twice each year. This is a national assessment used by Head Start to assess all four year old children leaving Head Start. Children are assessed in October and again in May to determine gains made during the year.
The education program is designed to meet the individual needs of each child with a planned curriculum of structured and nonstructured activities. Both the teacher and child are active initiating this process. This provides purposeful teaching and free choice activities of the children. As a part of the curriculum, children and teachers will visit the local public library for children's story hour at a time designated by the librarian.
Children enrolled in the center for the first time are assessed by the teaching staff to determine what the children already know and what level they need to begin on. We are presently using the Brigance Diagnostic Inventory of Early Development as a screening tool and the Creative Developmental Continuum as an assessment. The children are assessed three times per year, fall, winter, and spring.
The main objective of the educational staff and the parents is to meet the needs of the children. The educational program includes experiences designed to meet the individual differences and needs of enrolled children. Through mainstreaming, children benefit as they learn to understand and respect the needs of each other.