Early Childhood Program : Early Head Start Program

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Introduction While there are several early childhood program models from which to choose, not all programs are equal in their goals and outcomes. Parents and policy makers have shown increased awareness for the quality of care and education in childhood programs (Epstein, 1999). A high-quality program is one that ascribes to developmentally appropriate practice while allowing children to take charge of their own education (Epstein, 1999). The author will discuss Early Head Start, Chicago Child-Parent Centers, and the Abecedarian Project. Early Head Start Program Description Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program created to serve infants and toddlers under the age of three, as well as pregnant women (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov). EHS is a community based program that not only meets the needs of the children but also low income families. The program aims to through intervention prepare children for future growth and development. Program options include home-based programs; family child care option; and child care partnership. Well-trained personnel utilizing coherent developmentally based education practices is crucial to quality programs (Epstein, 1999). In EHS programs, based on what is known about each child’s strengths and weaknesses and family’s goals, staff plan the use of curriculum (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov). The curriculum provides guidance and strategies for supporting development and learning; interactions with children; and
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