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Home Is A Learning Place: The Home Visiting Program in Capital Area Head Start

Did you ever wonder if you have what it takes to be your child’s best teacher? You do! Parents know more about their child than anyone else. Many parents believe that only “professionals” can teach their child and know best what their child needs. At Capital Area Head Start, we support parents in their role as every child’s first and more important teacher.

In Home-based Early Head Start and Head Start, home visitors work with parents to maximize the opportunities for learning and healthy development that occur during family routines and in the home environment. During each visit, the home visitor works one-on-one with the parent to address the child’s individual goals through activities and experiences with materials found in the home. In addition, home visitors assist families to identify their own strengths and work toward family goals that can help provide a strong base for the child to grow and succeed in learning and life. This strong foundation supports children’s school readiness as they transition to preschool and kindergarten.

Early Head Start (EHS) home visitors work with parents and their children from birth to three years old, as well as with pregnant women. EHS services are available to those eligible families living in Harrisburg and Carlisle in Pennsylvania.

Head Start home visitors work with parents and their children ages three to five in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties in Pennsylvania.

Technology on the Move in our Classrooms

Beginning in October, teachers will be receiving training on how to use iPads as a teaching tool in the classroom. iPads and appropriate apps were purchased to enhance children’s learning and ability to use technology. In 2012, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College released a joint position statement on technology and interactive media as tools in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. The position statement reflects the ever-changing digital age and provides guidance for early childhood educators about the use of technology and interactive media in ways that can optimize opportunities for young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development. The position statement states that technology and interactive media are tools that can promote effective learning and development when they are used intentionally by early childhood educators, within the framework of developmentally appropriate practice to support learning goals established for individual children.

Public Broadcasting’s Ready to Learn initiative suggests that when electronic resources have been carefully designed to incorporate what is known about effective instruction, they serve as positive and powerful tools for teaching and learning. Capital Area Head Start staff will receive training on the evaluation of educational content and strategies for facilitating children’s use of technology. We believe that the impact of technology is mediated by teachers’ use of the same developmentally appropriate principles and practices that guide the use of print materials and all other learning tools and content for young children.

Through the use of digital media, Capital Area Head Start children can develop persistence, focused attention, hand-eye coordination, concepts of print, comprehension of language, and the ability to follow directions and use critical thinking skills. All of these skills were identified in Capital Area Head Start’s School Readiness Goals. We are excited to have the opportunity to expose the children in our program to using digital media to enhance the learning experiences already provided in our classrooms.

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