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How Curriculum Works


Curriculum is the entire range of experiences that children have at school. Curriculum is guided by:

  • Content objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Careful observation of the needs and interests of individual children 

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Jolie Delievered as Promised

Our 2012-2013 Policy Council President, Jolie Whatton met with Senator John McCain about ending the Head Start sequester.


Jolie's Message to Child-Parent Centers

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I went to the town hall meeting here in Phx with Senator McCain and it was a very great experience. I got to speak to John and his wife as well as staff and other members of the community about the importance of Head Start and the work that Child Parent Centers does in our Communities. They also understand that we cannot stand to lose another 161 children and that we need to be heard when new negotiation for budget amendments for sequestration arise. I got to give him our 1000+ letters and tell him how great OUR families are and how great you all are at the work you do for our children. It was awesome. Miss you all, talk to you soon!!

P.S. Here is a picture of me, Senator McCain and my sleeping baby boy Breyan!!!

curriculum-p4Our Framework

The framework is the social constructivist approach – all children are competent and active constructors of knowledge in all domains of learning. (Vytosky, L.)


“Relationships are among the most significant influences on healthy growth and psychological well-being."  Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000

"Despite their diversity, however, all young children seem to require certain things from early abiding relationships.

These include:

ü  reliable support  that establishes confident  security in the  adult,

ü  responsiveness that strengthens a young child's sense  of agency and self-efficacy,

ü  protection from  the  harms that children fear and the  threats of which they  may be unaware,

ü  affection by which young children develop self- esteem,

ü  opportunities to experience and resolve human conflict  cooperatively,

ü  support  for  the growth of new skills and capabilities that are  within the child's reach,

ü  reciprocal  interaction by which children  learn the  mutual give-and-take of positive sociability and,

ü  the experience of being respected by others and respecting them as human beings."

curriculum-p3Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional development is the building block of children’s cognitive development and lifelong learning.  This domain becomes the foundation for helping children understand themselves, form constructive social relationships and relate to the larger world.

~ Vytosky, L, Bruner, J., Bowlby, J., Greenspan, S.



School Readiness

School readiness calls for a comprehensive view of a child's learning and development.   A true assessment of school readiness must take in account of development, his or her experiential background, and the classroom expectation the child will encounter.

~ Katz, L. 2008



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