Preschool in Concord, NH 03305
129 East Main Street
Concord, NH 03305
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TVCCA Head Start is a program of committed professionals providing quality, comprehensive services to families with children through age 5 by:
*Providing a safe, nurturing, caring, culturally sensitive environment in a licensed setting
*Developing awareness, involvement, resources and partnerships within the community
*Empowering families through self-esteem, confidence building and skill development to reach goals
*Servicing children with documented disabilities
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Head Start programs education philosophy is based on a solid foundation of research that shows that early childhood is a stage of life in which children are most receptive for learning. In keeping with this philosophy, we use the Creative Curriculum, a widely known and respected curriculum that closely aligns with Head Start National Performance Standards as well as State of Connecticut Goals and Benchmarks. Creative Curriculum is based on the idea that children need to be taught in ways that match the way they develop and learn. This is known as developmentally appropriate practice, and it is at the root of the curriculum. The programs goals in using this curriculum are as follows:
Promote the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of all children.
Work closely with families in order to support childrens learning and development and value the families influence as the childrens primary educator.
Utilize a team approach that benefits from the skills of all center staff, which maximizes success for children while preparing them to be school ready.
Individualize for all the children through a variety of activities and teaching strategies that provide opportunities for children to be active learners.
TVCCA classrooms are prepared to reflect the curriculum that we use. Interest areas are available for children to learn in including blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers and outdoors. Children are provided with opportunities to engage in individual, small group or large group activities. Developmentally appropriate materials are available that are challenging, yet offer opportunities for success. Children are helped to express their feelings and organize their thinking and their use of words, both in spontaneous and structured language experiences. The children may be helped to work toward the recognition of symbols, numbers and letters based on each childs individual level. Throughout the day children are given opportunities to solve problems, initiate activities, explore, experiment, question, and gain mastery of skills through learning by doing.
In our classrooms, teachers continue to build on their understanding of individual children by ongoing observation and assessment, which enables them to plan appropriate strategies and activities to meet the childrens needs. Additionally, a developmental screening and a social/emotional health screening are completed on every child in order to determine an initial baseline of skills and strengths and plan accordingly.