Aligned to state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

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Head Start Alignment

Connects every product in our ecosystem to enable an individualized learning path for each child.

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Spans birth through third grade to allow teachers to see children’s progression across the whole of the early childhood years.
Covers all areas that research has shown to be critical for children’s success, including dedicated objectives for English- and dual-language learners.

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Click each section below to view the objectives for development and learning.

Social-Emotional Social-Emotional
  1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors
    1. Manages feelings
    2. Follows limits and expectations
    3. Takes care of own needs appropriately
  2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    1. Forms relationships with adults
    2. Responds to emotional cues
    3. Interacts with peers
    4. Makes friends
  3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
    1. Balances needs and rights of self and others
    2. Solves social problems
Physical Physical
  1. Demonstrates traveling skills
  2. Demonstrates balancing skills
  3. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
  4. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
    1. Uses fingers and hands
    2. Uses writing and drawing tools
Language Language
  1. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
    1. Comprehends language
    2. Follows directions
  2. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
    1. Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
    2. Speaks clearly
    3. Uses conventional grammar
    4. Tells about another time or place
  3. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
    1. Engages in conversations
    2. Uses social rules of language
Cognitive Cognitive
  1. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    1. Attends and engages
    2. Persists
    3. Solves problems
    4. Shows curiosity and motivation
    5. Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
  2. Remembers and connects experiences
    1. Recognizes and recalls
    2. Makes connections
  3. Uses classification skills
  4. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    1. Thinks symbolically
    2. Engages in sociodramatic play
Literacy Literacy
  1. Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition
    1. Notices and discriminates rhyme
    2. Notices and discriminates alliteration
    3. Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
    4. Applies phonics concepts and knowledge of word structure to decode text
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
    1. Identifies and names letters
    2. Identifies letter–sound correspondences
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    1. Uses and appreciates books and other texts
    2. Uses print concepts
  4. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
    1. Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections
    2. Uses emergent reading skills
    3. Retells stories and recounts details from informational texts
    4. Uses context clues to read and comprehend texts
    5. Reads fluently
  5. Demonstrates writing skills
    1. Writes name
    2. Writes to convey ideas and information
    3. Writes using conventions
Mathematics Mathematics
  1. Uses number concepts and operations
    1. Counts
    2. Quantifies
    3. Connects numerals with their quantities
    4. Understands and uses place value and base ten
    5. Applies properties of mathematical operations and relationships
    6. Applies number combinations and mental number strategies in mathematical operations
  2. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
    1. Understands spatial relationships
    2. Understands shapes
  3. Compares and measures
    1. Measures objects
    2. Measures time and money
    3. Represents and analyzes data
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
Science & Technology Science & Technology
  1. Uses scientific inquiry skills
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of Earth’s environment
  5. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks
Social Studies Social Studies
  1. Demonstrates knowledge about self
  2. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
  3. Explores change related to familiar people or places
  4. Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge
The Arts The Arts
  1. Explores the visual arts
  2. Explores musical concepts and expression
  3. Explores dance and movement concepts
  4. Explores drama through actions and language
English Language Acquisition English Language Acquisition
  1. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English
  2. Demonstrates progress in speaking English