Kaplan Early Learning Company understands and supports the goals and needs of Head Start programs. Head Start has been a primary focus of our company for decades, so we have the resources and products needed to be your one-stop shop for Head Start and Early Head Start. Our products are great tools to use in helping 3 to 5 year olds develop skills in the areas outlined in the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework.
We have provided information about the five essential domains of the Framework in the tabs below based on ECLKC resources. Browse our product lists for each element or contact your local Kaplan representative for expert assistance in choosing products for your Head Start program.
The Logic & Reasoning domain focuses on children developing the ability to think, reason, and use information to make good decisions and understand their surroundings. Children need to develop skills in logic and reasoning to ensure that they can seek solutions to problems and that they are not taken advantage of by other people or companies when they are older. As you choose curricula and assessments for your program, keep in mind the two domain elements of Logic & Reasoning and the accompanying examples of skills 3 to 5 year olds should be developing in this area:
For more in-depth information about this domain or additional resources, visit the Cognition & General Knowledge page on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center's (ECLKC) website.
Kaplan offers a variety of interactive games, books, activity guides, and dramatic play items to help promote logic and reasoning skills in children.
This domain refers to children understanding the concepts of numbers, shapes, and patterns among other math subjects. Young children need to develop early math skills to help them connect ideas and to question and analyze the world around them. The mathematic skills 3 to 5 year olds develop will be the foundation of how they solve more complex mathematical concepts and equations later in life. Remember the following elements and examples of mathematical skills 3 to 5 year olds should be developing as you create lesson plans based on suggested guidelines from the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Mathematics Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan offers a variety of math materials that give children the opportunity to explore various mathematical concepts. Children can learn about measurements, quantity, shape, patterns, and more with our educational math games, number blocks, books, charts, and other math items.
The Science Knowledge & Skills domain concerns the emerging ability of children to gather information about their surroundings and then organize that information into theories and knowledge. Children are very curious during the early childhood years and encouraging children to explore and learn about the world around them will help them develop an interest in the environment and other science subjects. As you design your Head Start program to meet school readiness goals, consider these elements and examples of the Science Knowledge & Skills domain:
Visit the Science Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.
Be sure to check out Kaplan's science book sets, aquariums, magnets, microscopes, scales, bug and animal sets, and our educational light table. Our science materials and supplies make great additions to the classroom and can help your Head Start program meet requirements and guidelines.
The Social Studies Knowledge & Skills domain refers to children understanding how people relate to one another and the world around them. The social studies skills children develop this stage in their development will help them learn about themselves, their family, community, nation, and the world. Keep in mind the following domain elements and skill examples when you are choosing assessments and curricula for your Head Start program:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Social Studies Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan offers a wide variety of globes, multi-cultural items and activities, character education book sets, maps, activity books, and much more. Our social studies products will help children learn about diversity, traditions, history, and other cultures.
This domain of the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework focuses on children's physical well-being, which refers to nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, safety practices, and development of gross and fine motor skills. Learning good health habits early in life will help build a strong foundation for lifelong healthy living. Consider these four main elements and examples for Physical Development and Health when you are planning your Head Start program's curricula and assessments:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Physical Development & Health page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan's selection of playground, nutrition, and active play items would make great additions to your Head Start program's lesson plans and curricula.
The Social & Emotional Development domain concerns the social and emotional skills that help children have and maintain healthy relationships, develop a healthy personal identity, regulate behavior and emotions, and foster secure attachment to adults. The emotional and social well-being of children will indicate the type of relationships they have as adults and how they will adjust to new environments in the future. As you consider how to promote continuous quality improvement in your Head Start program, remember the following elements and examples of the Social & Emotional Development domain:
Visit the Social & Emotional Development page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.
Kaplan's selection of social and emotional books, CDs, assessments, and other products and resources are valuable tools you can use to create a Head Start program that can help children meet school readiness goals.
The Creative Arts Expression domain refers to children participating in a range of activities for creative and imaginative expression. Creative arts, such as music, art, and drama, help engage children's minds, bodies, and senses and help them develop positive forms of self-expression. The following domain elements and examples for Creative Arts Expression are important to remember as you make decisions for your Head Start center:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Creative Arts Expression page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan's offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, dramatic play items, and music and dance materials. Any of these creative expression items would make great additions to your Head Start program.
The Approaches to Learning domain refers to certain behaviors you can observe that indicate the ways in which children become engaged in learning experiences and social interactions. Observing these behaviors will help you develop programs that accommodate children's approaches to learning, which will then contribute to their learning in other domains and in their success in school and life. Remember the domain elements and examples of this domain as you work to put together a Head Start program that meets requirements and helps children with school readiness goals:
Visit the Approaches to Learning page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.
Kaplan's selection of differentiated instruction and inclusion products will help your program teach children effectively. We offer a variety of lesson plans, study cards, reading strips, books, classroom labels, and more for you to incorporate into your Head Start program.
The Language Development domain focuses on children developing abilities in receptive and expressive language and often includes understanding and using at least one or more languages. Language skills are important for children to develop because they dictate how children will communicate now and in the future. Keep in mind the following elements and examples of the Language Development domain as you decide what curricula best serve the needs of the children your Head Start program serves:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Language Development page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan offers a variety of language and literacy materials to help children increase their vocabulary and learn about the writing process.
The Literacy Knowledge & Skills domain refers to the basic concepts and skills that help create a strong foundation for reading and writing. Knowing how to read and write will help children gain knowledge in other areas and encourage them to succeed in school. Remember the following domain elements and examples as you make decisions for your Head Start program:
Visit the Literacy Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.
Kaplan's selection of language and literacy materials can help children learn the alphabet, phonics, and more.
The English Language Development domain only applies to children who are dual language learners (DLLs). The development of English language skills for children who speak a different first language is important because the ability to understand and speak at least some English will help them in their studies and in everyday life. Be sure to remember these domain elements and examples when you are choosing curricula and assessments for your Head Start program:
For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the English Language Development page on ECLKC's website.
Kaplan's offers a variety of bilingual and English language learner materials to help children learn and become fluent in the English language. These items would be great additions to your Head Start program, especially if you have DLLs enrolled in your program.
Kaplan offers online courses accessible from any computer with an internet connection through two online learning platforms. Through these courses, your staff members can complete training at any time that is convenient to their schedule. Courses offer certificates for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and approved state training hours. View our full online professional development listing here.
Kaplan offers on-site professional development to Head Start programs across the nation. All of our training sessions are available in a full-day session format (6 hours) or a half-day session format (3 hours). Our Head Start-applicable trainings are designed specifically to meet the needs of your Head Start teachers and programs, with a fully customizable session format to fulfill your program's specific needs.
"Planning With Purpose: Using Observation and Assessment Data to Inform Practice"
This session addresses how to analyze collected data related to specific classroom observations or assessments. This session will also help educators create lesson plans designed for promoting and optimizing each child's learning experience in the classroom.
"Purposeful Engagements: Supporting Young Learners With Meaningful Interactions and Intentionality"
This session focuses on working with children, using definite program decisions and interactions that directly relate to and impact a teacher's relationships with children. It also addresses how to meet goals and objectives set by your curriculum/program, how to work with varying schedules, and how to support innovative practices. The trainer will demonstrate how to "get it all done" in a busy day with many brain-compatible learning strategies.
"Moving Beyond Empty and Fill to Deep Investigations"
This session helps coordinators and teachers incorporate numerous developing skill sets and the project approach in a school setting to help prepare them for expectations they will face. Trainers will emphasize brain-compatible learning strategies, developmentally appropriate practices, social-emotional skills, and cognitive enhancing endeavors.
"Constructively Meeting 10 Challenges of Working with Preschoolers"
In this session, participants will look at 10 different issues that seem to occur in every program, and will learn how to address these challenges in a creative, brain-compatible, and resilience-building manner. The trainer will provide specific information related to best practices/interventions, attachment, child development, expectations, temperament, and social-emotional development.
"Playful Explorations: Building a Foundation for Learning"
Use play to facilitate learning for any content area in the early childhood classroom! Participants will learn how to use play as a strategy to enhance STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning in specific content areas in the preschool classroom. This session contains information on enhancing cognitive brain development in preschoolers, as well as encouraging and promoting the development of a "community of learners."
Learn how to examine the interactions and relationships between families, caregivers, and others who work with young children. This session looks at how to create the concept of "mind" and/or "consciousness" through games, activities, and interactions. Participants will look at specific strategies to assist during home visits, with ideas and activities for families to use that will be beneficial to their child.
Call us for custom quotes on full-year Professional Development packages at 1-800-334-2014.
Kaplan is pleased to provide delivery and setup to your Head Start center! Our K-Truck Delivery and Setup Team will deliver your product and set up your classroom fully to provide the most effective and inspiring learning environments for preschoolers.
During delivery and setup, our experienced installations team will unload your product, place boxes in the correct classrooms, remove the packaging, assemble any furniture or larger products in need of assembly, and provide you with status reports. Our team can also provide other services, such as classroom arrangement, product placement on shelves, and freight-which your Kaplan representative can arrange for you.
K-Truck deliveries are available for new centers, churches, public schools, classroom additions, old center renovations, and many more. For Kaplan to deliver and setup product on the premises, each center will need to provide a Certificate of Occupancy and any required permits in place per local regulations.
For optimal efficiency with our K-Truck delivery service, we recommend that you place your order at least 60 days prior to set-up. For more information about Kaplan's K-Truck Delivery and Setup Team, contact your local Kaplan representative.