CSP Head Start services are customized to the individual child's developmental level including children with disabilities. The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework provide Head Start with a description of the developmental building blocks that are most important for a child’s school and long-term success. Head Start children, 3 to 5 years old, are expected to progress in all areas of child development and early learning outlined by the Framework. Children have the opportunity to express themselves through art, music, movement and storytelling. They learn about books, words, numbers and the world around them. Children develop self-confidence and socialization skills. Head Start also works with children and parents to make a successful transition to kindergarten.
CSP Head Start/Early Head Start, and the partners noted below, provided new books to each child in every classroom at all of our centers. Research tells us that language and literacy are interrelated. Literacy includes the domain elements of phonological awareness, book knowledge/ appreciation, print awareness and concepts, early writing, and alphabet knowledge. CSP Head Start teachers practice effective strategies that help children acquire necessary skills that promote the development of successful readers and writers.
CSP Head Start uses a valid and reliable assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD. The starting point for the assessment is 38 research-based objectives, including many predictors of future school success. Teaching Strategies GOLD describes the pathway, or progression, of how children develop and learn. We use the documentation collected to determine each child’s progress related to these objectives.
CLASS is the only observational teacher-assessment tool that captures teacher behaviors linked to student gains. This assessment has been proven to work in thousands of classrooms, from preschool to high school and beyond. CSP Head Start received the highest CLASS scores in the State of Alabama during the 2013-2014 academic year (based on a 7.0 scale).