Education and Early Childhood Development
Higher Horizons provides both Head Start and Early Head Start program options. All educational services are customized to the individual child’s developmental level (including children with disabilities) and considers each child’s temperament, interests, and learning style. Higher Horizons Head Start & Early Head Start respects the culture, language, and family of each child.
Head Start provides children with a variety of learning experiences. Children are offered a vast amount of opportunities to express themselves through art, music, movement, and storytelling. They participate in indoor and outdoor play, and learn about books, words, numbers, and the world around them. They are encouraged to communicate their ideas and feelings, and to develop self-confidence and social-emotional skills. The Head Start program also works closely with the children and families in order to help make a successful transition to Kindergarten.
Higher Horizons Head Start & Early Head Start responds to children with disabilities. Special training is provided to staff to help them work with disabled children. More than 10% of Head Start and Early Head Start children have special needs, and these children are included in all program activities. Higher Horizons staff also work closely with community agencies and other programs for young children with disabilities to ensure that children with special needs obtain the care they need.
The educational program consists of several integrated curriculum pieces:
- The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos (Early Head Start)
- The Creative Curriculum for Preschool (Head Start)
- Parents as Teachers and Partners For a Healthy Baby(Home Based)
- Al’s Pals and CSEFEL
- Let Me Play Head Start
- I Am Moving, I Am Learning
- Wolf Trap Theater Residency Program
The Creative Curriculum is a curriculum that helps teachers implement developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom. Teachers use a variety of approaches and take an active role in children’s learning by integrating content learning into everyday experiences. Children are observed purposefully and teachers use those observations to plan for each child and the whole group. Higher Horizons is now in year two of The Creative Curriculum implementation and results from the first year were very encouraging.
Teachers supplement all of the above with Al’s Pals and I Am Moving I Am Learning; educational programs that promote health, safety and self-esteem, and that promote a positive self-image and attitude toward others.