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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

Stress-busting tips for early childhood classrooms

View the tip sheet and discover eight stress-busting tips that can be implemented in early childhood classroom. One example of a tip included is to "be sensitive to possible sensory…

Strong Start—Pre-K Sample Lesson: When You’re Happy

View this sample lesson from Strong Start Pre-K to get a glimpse of this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum. The purpose of this sample lesson is to teach students to feel happy…

5 Classroomwide Practices to Improve Behavior

Discover five simple practices you can implement in your early childhood classroom to improve child behavior. One example is to establish routines within your existing routines.

How parents of preschoolers can support social-emotional development

Children’s ability to regulate their emotions and skillfully manage social interactions is critical to their healthy development and future success. Use this infographic as a guide to help encourage and…

Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

Developmental Progression of Skills: Fine Motor Skills

Excerpted from Early Intervention Every Day!, this chapter presents milestones in the area of fine motor skills and ways for providers to coach caregivers to facilitate the skill’s development in…

How do you address feeding challenges in young children?

Read this author interview and learn more about the prevalence of feeding challenges in young children, as well as some sample interventions to address feeding challenges.

Music and movement

View the sample activity to learn strategies to encourage child participation in music and movement activities. These strategies include identifying and integrating child preferences, having an adult intervene, and arranging…

Approaches to Learning

Activity: Play Time

Here's a helpful chart on which least-intrusive adaptations early childhood teams should make in certain situations so that young students can most benefit from play time.

QuickTips: Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Young Learners

For this post, I want to share a helpful infographic with some great tips on supporting the development of preschoolers’ thinking skills—the foundation of their future academic success. Created with…

Language & Literacy: Literacy

PAth to Literacy sample lesson

View a sample lesson from PAth to Literacy, a literacy intervention focused on improving phonological awareness skills for preschool and kindergarten children.

8 Fun Things to Do With Babies

Download this tip sheet to help babies have fun and learn language skills simultaneously.

8 Fun Things to Do With Young Toddlers

Download this tip sheet to help young toddlers have fun and learn language skills simultaneously.

8 Fun Things to Do With Older Toddlers

Download this tip sheet to help older toddlers have fun and learn language skills simultaneously.

8 Fun Things to Do With Preschoolers

Download this tip sheet to help preschoolers have fun and learn language skills simultaneously.

Language & Literacy: Language & Communication

Observing Children Learning English (OCLE)

View the checklist and use it to keep track of the progress of young children learning English as a second language. Conveniently broken down into fifteen categories, this checklist will…

Low – Or No – Tech Assistive Technology Options

Assistive technology doesn't have to be high-tech. Here are 5 great examples of easy-to-use, low-tech or no-tech AT tools that help build children’s communication skills. Adapted from Assistive Technology for…

Tips for talking with toddlers

Opportunities to involve young kids in talk are all around you: a book, a favorite toy, a plane flying overhead, or even a routine chore can start great conversations that…

Cognition: Mathematics Development

The magnificent shape quilt

View the activity and discover how to create a shape quilt. Quilts provide a fascinating array of geometric representations for children to study. This activity allows children to experiment with…

10 Tips for super spatial skills

This infographic provides easy, fun, and effective ways to boost spatial development in your pre-k or kindergarten students.

Setting the table

See a sample activity that demonstrates how math instruction can be incorporated into the activity of setting the table. Let's Talk About Math is a program for children birth to…

Cognition: Scientific Reasoning

Introducing observation

View the activity and see how the concept of observation can be taught using an apple. Also included in this activity is a science practices planning grid to ensure that…

Your Toolkit for Early Childhood STEM Education

When it comes to giving kids a solid foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it’s never too soon to start. This toolkit is packed with more than 30…

Program quality

Be sure to review and discover resources aligned with the goals in the Head Start Performance Standards.

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