Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. At Capital Area Head Start (CAHS), we provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning and growth. Our teachers and home visitors help families identify their strengths and provide support through education, resources and referrals.
Here’s what parents have to say about CAHS:
“Staff are helping me to be persistent with my own goals.”
“Great programs and resources for unemployed families and educational programs.”
Preparing Your Child for Success
Capital Area Head Start uses the Work Sampling System for preschoolers and the Ounce Scale for infants and toddlers to assess children’s learning and development. These assessments help parents, teachers and home visitors learn your child’s strengths and interests, and determine the best way to support their individual development. Both assessment tools complement the High Scope curriculum that is used in our early childhood programs.
In home and school, children learn through play experiences and other opportunities, as well as interactions and conversations with other children and adults. We encourage you to talk with your children and ask open ended questions that encourage conversations. Ask questions that encourage your child to think more deeply and develop his or her reasoning skills, such as “How do you think you could solve this?”, “What would happen if…?”, “Why do you think it works this way?”, and “How does that happen?” Even babies can benefit from beginning to hear these types of open ended questions.
Remember that each child is unique and grows, develops and learns at their own pace. Choose experiences and materials that match your child’s abilities and interests. Enjoy these ideas with your child as you continue in your role as your child’s first and most important teacher. Have fun!
Child Development Activities
Infants and Toddlers
- Infant Early Learning GPS (external website)
- Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Cognitive Development
- Physical Development
- 2 Months Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 4 Months Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 6 Months Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 9 Months Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 1 Year Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 18 Months Milestones Checklist (external website)
- 2 Years Milestones Checklist (external website)