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The new Head Start Performance Standards have been released! This is the first comprehensive review of the performance standards since they were originally published in 1972.

With the many new changes, we know you’re under unprecedented permission to meet program performance standards. We can help!

Below, you’ll find research-based books and reliable screening and assessment tools, all aligned with the goals for the regulations mapped out by the Head Start Performance Standards. Many of them have FREE downloads you can print and use right away; you’ll find them on the Resource tab on each product’s page.

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Complete developmental screening

The updated Head Start Performance Standards still requires developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate screening for developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive, and emotional skills. Improve your screening program and catch delays with our trusted ASQ tool and helpful guides to successful screening.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) Bricker-72179 Assessing Spanish–English Bilingual Preschoolers

Conduct regular assessment

Follow your screenings with in-depth assessment to determine a child’s functioning in key developmental areas—and use that information to plan activities and supports.

AEPS: Real Progress for Every Child TPBAI2-logo The Carolina Curriculum

Support social and emotional well-being

Monitor social-emotional progress in children aged birth to 5—screen with the parent-completed ASQ:SE-2 and follow up on concerns with the SEAM assessment

Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2) seam-logo

Parent and Family Engagement

Develop strong, trusting partnerships with parents and help them identify their goals, strengths, and required supports. These reliable tools and resources and can help!

PICCOLO-logo LSP-color The Home Visitor's Guidebook

Strengthen Early Childhood Education

Need proven, research-based resources that help monitor and boost literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional development? We’ve got you covered.

LITERACY:

ABC Foundations for Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum Lift-Off for Early Literacy: Directed Reading Opportunities for Struggling Students PAVEd for Success: Building Vocabulary and Language Development in Young Learners Accelerating Language Skills and Content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading

MATH:

Let's Talk About Math: The LittleCounters® Approach to Building Early Math Skills Cowboys Count, Monkeys Measure, and Princesses Problem Solve: Building Early Math Skills Through Storybooks Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills Through Spatial Learning  Engaging Young Engineer

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: The Early Childhood Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings: A Teacher's Guide Merrell's Strong Start—Pre-K

Provide the best staff training

Give your staff the knowledge and skills they need to deliver the services required by Head Start policies. These resources will help you provide training opportunities that sharpen staff skills and get them ready for success!

The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook The Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, Second Edition

Develop IEPs that work

You know a great IEP is a must before children in your program can receive special education and services. These books can help you build better IEPs so children and families can meet their goals.

Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, Second Edition Making Preschool Inclusion Work: Strategies for Supporting Children, Teachers, & Programs CARA's Kit for Toddlers: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities
A Guide to Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services Assessing Young Children in Inclusive Settings: The Blended Practices Approach First Steps to Preschool Inclusion: How to Jumpstart Your Programwide Plan