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The Head Start Early Learning Framework Outcomes is a great summary of the developmental building blocks critical to a child’s school readiness—including strong social-emotional development, which provides a solid foundation for school success.

As you use the Framework to guide your program, these ready-to-use free resources can help. Adapted or excerpted from our practical, research-based books, they’ll help you address social-emotional development and 4 other school readiness areas in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes. Use them, share them, and help ensure that every young child is ready to succeed in school.

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Free resources for key areas of school readiness:

Social-Emotional-Development
Honig stress busters whitcomb strong start prek 5 classroomwide practices to improve behavior How parents of preschoolers can support social-emotional development
Reduce children’s stress with these fresh tips from Little Kids, Big Worries Help kids use “happy talk” with this free lesson from the Strong Start Pre-K social-emotional learning curriculum Improve classroom behavior with these 5 practices from Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children Help parents foster social-emotional competence in preschoolers with these key skills from the Social-Emotional Assessment/Evaluation Measure

 

Perceptual-Motor-Physical-Development
Crawford-72766 Language Support Plan Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, Second Edition
Boost development of fine motor skills with this excerpt from Early Intervention Every Day! Improve mealtimes with these tips from Feeding Challenges in Young Children Help kids with disabilities participate in Music & Movement activities with these curriculum modifications from Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs

 

approaches-to-learning
Activity Play Time Strategies to promote the 5 thinking skills in preschoolers
Enhance cooperation with this Play Time adaptation matrix from CARA’s Kit for Toddlers Promote thinking skills in preschoolers with this infographic from Engaging Young Engineers

 

Language + Literacy: Literacy
PAth to Literacy Fun things to do with babies Fun things to do with young toddlers Fun things to do with older toddlers Fun things to do with preschoolers
See a sample lesson plan on developing phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge Have fun developing language skills with this activities for babies. Have fun developing language skills with this activities for younger toddlers. Have fun developing language skills with this activities for older toddlers. Have fun developing language skills with this activities for preschoolers.

 

Language+Literacy: Language + Communication
One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language, Second Edition Sadao low-tech AT tools Talking with toddlers
Track the progress of kids learning English as a second language with this handy checklist from One Child, Two Languages Find low- and no-tech tools for improving communication with this infographic adapted from Assistive Technology for Young Children Encourage early language development with these Tips for Talking with Toddlers, from Talk to Me, Baby!

 

Cognition: Mathematics Development
Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood 10 tips for super spatial skills! Setting the Table, from Let's Talk About Math
Introduce geometry concepts with these fun quilt activities from Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Enhance spatial skills with these 10 fun and easy tips from Blocks and Beyond Incorporate counting into setting the table in this activity from Let’s Talk about Math

 

Cognition: Scientific Reasoning
Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS): Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding Your toolkit for early childhood STEM education
Teach kids about their senses with this excerpt from Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS) Boost students’ STEM skills with the 30+ resources in this toolkit