The goal of Head Start/Early Head Start is to increase social competency and school readiness. HS/ EHS also provides children with an environment that promotes learning and encourages curiosity, exploration, problem solving, self- expression, and assists children in developing a positive self-image.
In order to provide a broad range of learning experiences and a program that meets the needs of each child, CCSD has implemented the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers & Two's (Early) and the Creative Curriculum for Preschool (Head Start) as the adopted curriculum. Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive curricular model for early childhood education that addresses all domains of early childhood development. The model is closely aligned with Head Start Program Performance Standards, as well as with South Carolina Early Learning Standards: Good Start Grow Smart and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework for pre-kindergarten classrooms. According to the National Head Start Association (2000), Creative Curriculum is the leading curricular model used by Head Start programs.
The model is grounded in foundational theories of early learning and development, including those of Vygotsky, Piaget, and Gardner. In Creative Curriculum classrooms teachers set up eleven interest areas, including blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers, and outdoor play. Teachers are offered a range of developmentally appropriate instructional approaches all directed toward expanding children’s language and guiding their learning while working in each of the interest areas (Dodge, Colker, & Heroman, 2002).