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Head Start Program School Readiness Goals

Project NOW, Inc., Community Action Agency has set goals for school readiness for children enrolled in the Head Start Program.  General goals have been described in procedures outlined in the program operation plans and the logic model.  These goals are to help children increase knowledge and skills in all domains, as age appropriate and at a minimum of one year of growth per year of Head Start. The long-term goal is that children will be ready to enter Kindergarten and successfully transition to public school, when age appropriate.  What follows are specific goals for each domain and element to the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework:

Physical Development & Health

  • Physical Health Status
  • Health Knowledge & Practice
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Social & Emotional Development

  • Social Relationships
  • Self-Concept and Self-Efficiency
  • Self Regulation
  • Emotional & Behavioral Health

Approaches to Learning

  • Initiative & Curiosity
  • Persistence & Attentiveness Cooperation

Logic & Reasoning

  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Symbolic Representation

Language Development

  • Receptive Language
  • Expressive Language

Literacy Knowledge & Skills

  • Book Appreciation and Knowledge
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Alphabet Knowledge
  • Print Concepts and Conventions
  • Early Writing

Mathematics Knowledge & Skills

  • Number Concepts & Quantities
  • Number Relationships & Operations
  • Geometry & Spatial Sense
  • Patterns
  • Measurement & Comparison

Science Knowledge & Skills

  • Scientific Skills & Methods
  • Conceptual Knowledge of the Natural & Physical World  

Creative Arts Expression

  • Music
  • Creative Movement & Dance
  • Art
  • Drama

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

  • Self, Family & Community
  • People & The Environment
  • History & Events

English Language Development

  • Receptive English Language Skills
  • Expressive English Language Skills
  • Engagement in English Literacy Activities 

What follows are specific elements of the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Framework:

  • Family Well-Being
  • Parent-Child Relationship
  • Families as Learners
  • Family Engagement in Transitions
  • Family Connection to Peers and Community
  • Families as Advocates and Leaders



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