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Child Outcome Data

Head Start Child Outcomes Framework, released in 2000, assists Head Start Programs in assessing and planning activities for children. Child Outcomes are skills that research indicates are important for preschool children to obtain prior to entering kindergarten.

The domains within Outcome Frameworks are:

  • Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Physical Health and Development

Children will be taught many different skills from these eight subject areas in the Head Start Performance Standards. NWAHSHS staff will monitor children’s progress in all areas and will administer assessments at the beginning, the middle of the year, and again at the end of the year. The teacher will also monitor children’s progress throughout the year with samples of their work and observing their classroom behavior.

Curriculum

NWAHSHS implements Creative Curriculum (http://teachingstrategies.com/curriculum/) which consistent with the Head Start Program Performance Standards including ACYF-IM-HS-00-18 (08/10/00) and is based on sound child development principles about how children grow and learn.

The objectives of the curriculum are to:

  • Provide children with a learning environment and the varied experiences that help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development toward the overall goal of social competence.
  • Integrate the educational aspects of the various Head Start components in the daily program of experiences.
  • Involve parents in educational activities of the program to enhance their role as the principle influence on the child’s education and development.
  • Assist parents to increase knowledge, understanding, skills and experience in child growth and development.
  • Identify and reinforce experiences that occur in the home that parents can utilize as educational activities for their children.
  • Provide services that are multicultural and meet the special needs of all children.
Weekly Education Schedule

The Weekly Education Schedule is designed to help teachers provide an environment where children’s natural curiosity can develop into a practical and on-going knowledge base. It’s a method of organizing learning materials and activities to meet the needs and interests of Head Start children. Each unit is outlined to include concepts, objectives, vocabulary, open-ended questions, learning and mental health activities. Each week, teachers develop a lesson plan that teaches particular thematic concepts.

Accreditation

NWAHSHS participates annually in the Arkansas Child Care Approval System. The Arkansas Child Care Approval System was created during the 1993 legislative session. A bill was passed which will provide an opportunity for your child care facility to receive the Approval certification from the state of Arkansas for providing a higher quality program.

The Arkansas Child Care Approval System, through the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, (the Division), has been created to offer an assessment process which verifies that your facility offers the following to its children:

  • A program that views parents as an important part of the early education of their children
  • A physical environment that is supportive of the physical and mental development of each child in your care
  • An educational program that prepares children for success in school
  • Trained professional staff who know how to work effectively with children and who continue to pursue educational and training opportunities.

Education Philosophy

Our agency’s philosophy is reflective of our mission statement, “Head Start enables children and their families to realize the opportunities for developing their full potential.”

The overall goal of the Head Start program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of low-Income families. Social competence is a child’s everyday effectiveness in dealing with present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. We strive to address our children's needs in all areas of development- physical, social, emotional, and cognitive-and to provide support and assistance to all those who affect the child's development. We honor issues of cultural relevance, diversity and inclusion, through our validation of the individual strengths of the enrolled children and their families.

NWAHSHS firmly believes that the lives of young children and their families can be enriched and strengthened by the quality of the educational program provided to them. The quality of the program depends on several factors:

  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of development-social, emotional, cognitive and physical.
  • Providing learning experiences within the context of children’s culture and community; and
  • Working in partnership with parents to plan, implement and evaluate the educational experiences provided for children and families.

Scheduled Educational Interactions with Families:

  • Volunteering in the classroom
  • Attending agency trainings
  • Attending monthly parent meetings
  • Parent questionnaire
  • Two home visits Fall/Spring
  • Parent conferences Fall/Spring
  • Transitioning of children from NWAHSHS to the public school system