Curriculum for infants and toddlers provides guidance and strategies for: supporting infant and toddler development and learning; engaging in responsive interactions and relationships with children; and partnering with families. Early Head Start staff use what they know about each child’s strengths and needs and each family’s goals to plan their use of the curriculum.
New Directions Early Head Start the staff use two different curricula for both of our center and home-based programs. We believe that curricula for infants and toddlers must be flexible and dynamic to meet the needs and interests of each child.
Home visitors use The Parents as Teachers Curriculum: Born to Learn as the primary curriculum and Partners for a Healthy Baby-Home Visiting Curriculum for Expectant Families and New Families as a supplement, to ensure that all the Head Start program components are included during each visit, partnering with families while reinforcing the fact that parents are the child’s best first teachers.
In the center-based programs, teachers use The Creative Curriculum® for Infants and Toddlers. The family advocates use The Parent as Teachers Curriculum and Partners for a Healthy Baby—Home Visiting Curriculum for Expectant Families and New Families as the curriculum for home visits.