Head Start/Early Intervention

Head Start Program Components

All children enrolled in the Head Start Program are provided with a learning environment encompassing varied complexities of experiences to help them develop socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age, individual interest, temperament, language, cultural background and stage of development.

  • Research-based curriculum
  • State certified teachers
  • Early literacy focus
  • Ongoing monitoring assessment
  • Developmental screenings
  • Field trips
  • Social services
  • Medical and dental services
  • Mental health services
  • Nutrition services
  • Services for children with disabilities
  • Family and community partnership
  • Parent involvement
  • Male involvement group
  • Grandparent support group

Curriculum

The Head Start Outcomes and Early Learning Framework and the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds provide the Head Start teachers with knowledge of what preschool children are expected to know and be able to do in the domains of Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, and Physical Health and Development. The curricula used in the Head Start program to teach these skills include:

  • The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool
  • Skill Streaming in Early Childhood
  • Conscious Discipline

Assessment

  • Screenings and Assessments used to support the Head Start program are:
  • BRIGANCE
  • Devereux Early Childhood Assessment
  • District-emulated Literacy Assessments for Letters, Sounds, and Concepts of Print
  • Phonological Awareness Assessment
  • Teaching Strategies GOLD

Funding

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration of Children and Families

VPK Program Components

All children enrolled in the VPK Program are provided with a learning environment encompassing varied complexities of experiences to help them develop socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age, individual interest, temperament, language, cultural background, and stage of development.

  • Research-based curriculum
  • State certified teachers
  • Early literacy focus
  • Ongoing monitoring assessment
  • Developmental screenings
  • Field trips
  • Services for children with disabilities
  • Family engagement
  • Community partnership

Curriculum

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) provide VPK teachers with knowledge of what preschool children are expected to know and be able to do in the domains of Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, and Physical Health and Development. The curricula used in the VPK program to teach these skills include:

  • The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool
  • Skill Streaming in Early Childhood
  • Conscious Discipline

Assessment

Screenings and Assessments used to support the VPK program are:

  • VPK Assessment
  • BRIGANCE
  • District-emulated Literacy Assessments for Letters, Sounds, and Concepts of Print
  • Teaching Strategies GOLD

Funding

  • VPK funding is provided by the Florida Department of Education – Office of Early Learning