■ A comprehensive approach that supports lifetime benefits for families and children
■ A reliable and effective research-based curriculum that meets State early learning standards - The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
■ NAEYC developmentally appropriate practice guidelines
■ Adults apply intentional teaching practices by Planning developmentally appropriate activities Supporting and extending children’s learning Providing materials that reflect children’s interests and home culture Actively engaging children through direct experiences in pursuit of shared learning goals.
■ The High Scope Curriculum integrates social- emotional learning content with other academic areas and gives children daily opportunities to practice skills such as emotional self-regulation and problem-solving. Teachers further support social development by helping children learn how to resolve interpersonal conflicts.
■ Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of High Scope programs. By making plans and following through on their intentions, children are taking the first step in the learning process and constructing their own knowledge through interactions with the world around them.
■ The High Scope Curriculum is a high quality, developmentally based program, founded on a philosophy of “active participatory learning,” in which children and adults are engaged, interactive partners in the learning process.
■ In High Scope programs, learning occurs in a play-based environment where children and adults work together to develop children’s knowledge and skills in problem solving, decision making, and dependence, and to promote their sense of curiosity, persistence, and creativity. Educational materials and the learning environment build on children’s interests, accommodate different developmental and ability levels, and reflect the diversity of children’s family and community backgrounds.
■ In High Scope programs, knowledgeable and intentional teachers scaffold early learning by supporting children’s current level of understanding and gently extending their thinking and reasoning to the next level.
■ There is a growing awareness among educators, policymakers, parents, and the general public that social and emotional learning is equally, if not more, important than early academics in determining school readiness. The High Scope Curriculum fully integrates academic and social-emotional learning in its curriculum content (key developmental indicators) and assessment (COR Advantage), addressing all domains of development: approaches to learning; social and emotional development; physical development and health; language, literacy, and communication (including English language learners); mathematics, science; social studies; and the creative arts. These domains are aligned with Common Core State Standards, the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and Early Head Start Essential Domains, state early childhood learning standards, and the standards and recommendations of professional educational organizations.