Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc. Mt. Sinai Head Start/Early Head Start Center presents high performing school readiness progress of enrollees!
Historically, Head Start often has led the early childhood field with a strong, clear, and comprehensive focus on all aspects of healthy development, including physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, all of which are essential to children getting ready for school.
The improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (The Act) has required Head Start programs to address and strengthen school readiness for all of the children they serve, ages birth to five.
It has required the establishment of school readiness goals that will improve readiness for kindergarten goals and that “appropriately reflect the ages of children, birth to five, participating in the program” (45 CFR Chapter X111 Head Start Regulation Part 1307.2 and 1307.3(b)(1)(i), as amended)
These goals are defined as “The expectations of children’s status and progress across the following five essential domains of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework that will improve their readiness for kindergarten: 1. Language and Literacy Development 2. Cognition and General Knowledge 3. Approaches to Learning 4. Physical Well-Being and Motor Development 5. Social and Emotional Development.
In very broad terms, the Office of Head Start’s definition of school readiness is that “children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children.” As Head Start programs and schools work together to promote school readiness and to engage families as their children make the transition to kindergarten, schools will be ready for children. For parents and families, school readiness means they are engaged in the long-term, lifelong success of their child. Head Start recognizes that parents are their children’s primary teachers and advocates and views school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life.
Head Start leaders must identify the knowledge and skills children demonstrate when they are school ready. A clear articulation of these goals enables Head Start staff and families to choose and implement the most effective curriculum, and assessments.