Head Start

For decades, Teaching Strategies products and solutions have helped Head Start programs across the country to build capacity and provide high-quality programs for the nation’s most vulnerable children. We invite you to explore our solutions for early childhood education—and learn more about how we can help you meet new requirements and stay on top of evolving expectations.

Discover how Stanislaus County Head Start and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool helps its teachers to fill every day with meaningful and engaging experiences for the children in their program.

Teaching Strategies Today

As we celebrate decades of partnership in building quality programs, we’re proud to look back on how The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool has evolved over the years. Now including The Foundation, six comprehensive volumes that provide the knowledge base of the curriculum, and Daily Resources that include Teaching Guides and additional tools for organizing and managing each day, our curriculum solution offers step-by-step guidance to help programs in meeting the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework and state early learning standards.

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos has also evolved to meet the needs of today’s programs. Consisting of The Foundation, three comprehensive volumes that provide teachers with ‘Early Childhood 101’ and an overview of everything they need to know to build a high-quality program, and Daily Resources, which helps teachers put knowledge into practice and help them foster children’s learning and growth. All of our solutions include resources for parents as we acknowledge the important role they play in their children’s development.

Our broad base of solutions for Head Start—including The Creative Curriculum® as well as GOLD®, our state-of-the-art assessment system—can help to support school readiness and program accountability and ensure your success.


Resources and Support for Every Head Start Program Model

Teaching Strategies is pleased to see the changes in the new Head Start Program Performance Standards and applauds the Office of Head Start for using research to improve the standards that will support greater outcomes for children. Our resources continue to support programs in meeting the Head Start Program Performance Standards as we continue to innovate using the latest research and best practices to help teachers individualize instruction, be more efficient collecting data, and help use that data to inform instruction and drive program planning.

Center-Based Services:

  • The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos – supporting the curriculum requirements in the new Head Start Program Performance Standards

Home-Based Services

  • The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos with the new Home Visitors Guide – supporting the curriculum requirements for home-based services

Family Child Care:

  • The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care – Spanish edition coming soon!

Assessment:

  • GOLD® - supporting the assessment requirements for all services

Professional Development:

  • Online Sessions/In-Person – supporting the training and professional development requirements for all services
  • Coaching to Fidelity for Preschool and Infants, Toddlers and Twos

Questions About Head Start?

 
We can help! Contact us at 800.637.3652 x1162 or headstart@teachingstrategies.com.


Research

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is not just research based—including the most current research on early childhood development and learning—it’s also research proven. In classrooms using the 5th Edition, an independent, two-year impact study found evidence that The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is effective in helping children achieve positive outcomes, specifically higher literacy and math outcomes and increased teacher effectiveness. Because research continues to be a priority at Teaching Strategies, we have ongoing research projects with our latest resources including The Creative Curriculum®, 6th Edition and our Home Visiting resources. This means that you can have complete confidence in The Creative Curriculum® for use in your Head Start program.

  • Effectiveness Study: The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool (PDF)
  • Research Foundation: Language and Literacy (PDF)
  • Research Foundation: The Creative Curriculum (PDF)
  • Research Foundation: Mathematics (PDF)
  • Research Foundation: English- and Dual-Language Learners (PDF)

GOLD®: Valid and Reliable

Extensive, independent research has proven that GOLD® is valid, reliable, and effective. From multi-year efficacy studies to peer-reviewed journal articles and research foundation papers, our vast body of research helps prove that you can trust our products to help you deliver positive outcomes for all children. For more information, visit our Research page.

  • Comparing Child Outcomes: Examining the Impact of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool (PDF)
  • GOLD® Assessment System: Concurrent Validity (PDF)
  • Download our GOLD® Assessment System Technical Summary. (PDF)

Questions About Head Start?

 
We can help! Contact us at 800.637.3652 x1162 or headstart@teachingstrategies.com.


Support for English- and Dual-Language Learners

Teaching Strategies has the support and resources you need to build capacity in your Head Start programs. By partnering with us, you can be confident that your program will meet Head Start’s high program standards.

Teaching Strategies offers complete support for the English- and dual-language learners in your Head Start program. Many of our resources are available in both English and Spanish, enabling teachers to design individualized approaches that build on English- and dual-language learners’ strengths and prior knowledge. Our resources help assist a variety of Head Start program goals, including English language and literacy development, Spanish language and literacy development, and dual-language learning.

Look Inside Spanish-Language Resources from Our Preschool Curriculum

With support throughout The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool for English- and dual-language learners, our curriculum resources help build teachers’ knowledge about best practices. Detailed guidance throughout our resources helps teachers to individualize instruction to meet the needs of all children—regardless of their home language.

  • Look Inside a Mega Minuto (PDF)
  • Look Inside a Tarjetas de enseñanza intencional (PDF)
  • Look Inside a Guía de enseñanza (PDF)

Research About English- and Dual-Language Learners

Our resources offering support for English and dual-language learners are based on the most current research in the early education field. Learn more by downloading our research foundation paper:

  • Research Foundation: English- and Dual-Language Learners (PDF)

Questions About Head Start?

 
We can help! Contact us at 800.637.3652 x1162 or headstart@teachingstrategies.com.


Alignments:

Teaching Strategies’ curriculum and assessment resources are grounded in 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of future school success and that are aligned with state early learning standards and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

Download our alignments by clicking the links below.

  • Alignment to the Head Start Program Performance Standards (PDF)
  • Alignment of GOLD® with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (PDF)
  • Alignment of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (PDF)
  • Alignment of The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (PDF)
  • Alignment of The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (PDF)
  • Early Learning Standards by State: Visit our state pages to view standards in your state.

Looking for a different alignment? Contact a member of our Customer Solutions Team at 800.637.3652.

Download our Scope and Sequence documents for our curriculum solutions by clicking the links below.

  • The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos Scope and Sequence for 0- to 12-Month-Olds (PDF)
  • The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool Scope and Sequence for 3- to 4-Year-Olds (PDF)
  • The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care Scope and Sequence for Birth to 5 years (PDF)

Questions About Head Start?

 
We can help! Contact us at 800.637.3652 x1162 or headstart@teachingstrategies.com.


Guidance for Home Visitors using The Creative Curriculum®

Get support and guidance for using curriculum components in high-quality, home-visiting programs with the new Home Visitors Guide.

Download The Creative Curriculum® Guide for Home Visitors

 
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We have created this companion resource to The Creative Curriculum® that provides home visitors with strategies for using the Daily Resources to help families of children from birth through kindergarten better understand child development, use observation to learn about their child, and respond to and support their child’s learning during everyday activities at home. Discover how incorporating these resources into your daily practice will help you organize and plan every home visit and socialization meeting and support families in engaging children in the kind of meaningful learning opportunities that inspire lifelong learning.

Guidance for Individualizing Experiences

The Daily Resources from The Creative Curriculum® offer guidance for tailoring the experiences that you offer to meet the interests and needs of every child in your home-visiting caseload.

Partnerships With Families

This Guide will explain how to use the Daily Resources and offer practical strategies that will
help you in your work with families.

Daily Resources for Dual-Language Learners

The Guide includes suggestions for using English and Spanish resources in a home-visiting setting.

Research-Based Support for All Ages

This Guide will show you how to use the progressions for development and learning, outlined in the curriculum, to support children in every area that is critical to their future success in school. It will also provide guidance for using the Daily Resources in a home visiting session.

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