Theme 1: Curriculum and Instruction

Explores innovative supports for programs in providing high-quality early education and child development services that promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for later success in school. Presentations should assist programs with implementing responsive and effective teacher-child interactions, best practices for instruction, research-based curriculum, and screening and assessments to support individualized growth and development.

  • Effective teaching practices - Head Start Early Learning Framework Ages Birth to Five
  • Selecting & Implementing a research-based curriculum
  • The role of the curriculum specialist & testing curriculum fidelity 
  • School Readiness & Parent Engagement practices that support curriculum
  • High quality early learning & socialization activities in home based programs
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
  • Florida standards & Head Start Early Learning Framework Outcomes alignment
  • Curriculum fidelity
  • Teaching and learning environment
  • Kindergarten readiness (STAR)
  • Engaging practices for early learners (STEAM)
  • Dual language instructional practices
  • Learning content areas (Math, Science, Literacy, Language, Art)