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Head Start and HighScope


Online Courses

We know that face-to-face training is not always practical or in your budget. And, sometimes you have new teachers who need training in specific areas in between your scheduled training events. That’s when online courses come in — to help you help your teachers provide the highest quality programs possible.

HighScope’s online courses are interactive. Participants join an e-learning community and have access to group discussion as well as individual attention from the course instructor. Course work can be accessed and completed anywhere, anytime — all with personal attention from the instructor and classmates. Take a look at the courses we have to offer… Then go to our training schedule to see when the courses are offered.

Customized Professional Development Plan

Children are unique individuals with different experiences and different needs. Programs that serve children are also unique and may have very specific needs. If you have requirements that are not satisfied through our standard training programs, we can develop specialized services that will be designed just for you. HighScope staff will work with you to conduct an assessment of your teachers’ and/or program’s issues and customize an affordable training program that will help you meet your goals.

For more information, please contact our Educational Services Department by e-mail at mmcdonnell@highscope.org, or by phone at 734.485.2000, Ext 228.

Support Materials for Literacy

We know that as part of ARRA, Head Start is being encouraged to put more emphasis on literacy instruction in the preschool classrooms. To help you expand your literacy activities we recommend our Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum.

The Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for more than 90 teacher-led small-group activities and accompanying children's book collection. The activities actively engage and instruct young children in literacy comprehension, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, and concepts about print.

The Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum features:

  • A comprehensive Teacher Guide, including complete instructions, background information, Scope and Sequence, Individual and Group Progress Profiles and Activity Log
  • 126 Small-Group Activity Cards with detailed instructions for classroom activities
  • 46 Short Activity and Teaching Strategy Cards
  • 25 Quick Look Cards
  • 13 Vocabulary Cards
  • 8 Activity Support Cards
  • A richly varied collection of nine new and classic children's books (shipped under separate cover)
  • Letter Links Online (one license per kit — additional licenses are available for purchase separately) easily and automatically creates children's letter-linked pictures and nametags as well as class lists

View sample activities here.

Support Materials for Math

The recently released report from the Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics, Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity, indicates that providing children with high-quality experiences in early mathematics is critical to educational outcomes in the long term. To assist you in providing more mathematics activities in your learning day, HighScope offers an exciting new way to teach math to young children!

The Numbers Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum  is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for small- and large-group early childhood mathematics activities, with ideas for extending learning throughout the program day. What’s special about Numbers Plus is that children’s mathematical learning is sequenced within activities — each activity has a built-in progression so children of different developmental and ability levels can participate together and have a positive and meaningful learning experience.  By actively engaging young children with materials and ideas, Numbers Plus builds on the latest knowledge from research and practice about early mathematics learning and how adults support it.

Aligned with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and developed under a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, the 120 activities in Numbers Plus are divided into five content areas:

  • Number Sense and Operations
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Data Analysis

To help you plan and implement Numbers Plus math activities, each kit contains the following items: 

  • 120 Activity Cards
  • 5 Content Area Dividers
  • Teacher’s Manual
  • 25 English-Spanish Parent Booklets (also available separately)

View sample activities here.

View the complete table of contents.

Support for Early Head Start Programs

Like all HighScope programs, the Infant-Toddler Curriculum is based on the principle that children learn best through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.  During this active learning process, infants and toddlers are encouraged to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Learning and development are anchored by long-term, trusting relationships with caregivers, who are close at hand to support the children as they play. Adults scaffold further learning as they interact with children throughout the day.

HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum Components
The Infant-Toddler Curriculum is part of HighScope's complete, research-based system of early childhood education and care. Components include:

Tender Care and Early Learning: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Settings
HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum Manual
Caregivers in infant-toddler group settings will welcome this manual describing HighScope's active learning approach with babies and children under preschool age. It's all there — the elements of active learning; key experiences for sensory-motor learners; the organization of space and materials; children's daily schedules and caregiving routines; and adult support based on child observation, team planning, and partnerships with parents. Learn how these all come together to promote tender care and early learning for the "under threes" in HighScope child care centers and child care homes!

View the table of contents.

Learn More About HighScope and Head Start...

Whatever you need, we are here for you and want to be your partner in the journey to ensure the children you serve have a better and brighter future.

For a free DVD that talks about how HighScope and Head Start can work together, please fill out a short contact form.


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