- Michele Troy, Early Childhood Development Supervisor
- Tracy Ramsey, Education Coordinator
- Jeannie Zbarsky, Curriculum Specialist
- Sylvia Mejia, Curriculum Specialist
- Leisa Whalen, Curriculum Specialist
- Eureaka Baity, Curriculum Specialist
The Early Childhood Development service area is designed to help children gain the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in their current environment and with later responsibilities in school and life. The learning environment is developmentally and linguistically appropriate, recognizing that children have individual rates of development as well as individual interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds and learning styles. The curriculum supports social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.
Curriculum plays a vital role in achieving Head Start's goal of enhancing the social competence and school readiness of children. Palm Beach County Head Start/Early Head Start utilizes the "Creative Curriculum," which is implemented within the context of sound child development principles and what we know about how children develop and learn. This comprehensive curriculum supports children's language development and literacy skills through play based activities, interest areas and instructional strategies.
Palm Beach County Head Starts classroom schedule provides teacher directed and child initiated activities offering a minimum of three hours in language and literacy daily. An additional hour of literacy activities in the afternoon affords an opportunity for children to strengthen communication skills and devote more time to dual language learners and children with speech or developmental delays.