Child Development

  • Mountainland Head Start School Readiness Goals 


    Our School Readiness Goals listed below are tracked by each child’s progress across 12 areas of Development Learning Objectives in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, using 99 dimensions to measure advancement. The Five Essential Domains of School Readiness as identified by the National Education Goals Panel are supported by the following educational goals:


    Goal 1:  Cognition

    Children will show increased understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts, including:

    • Use of number concepts and operations
    • Spatial relationships and shapes
    • Recognition of simple patterns
    • Scientific inquiry processes
    • Use of knowledge and/or experience to seek solutions to a problem


    Goal 2:  Language and Literacy

    Children will demonstrate increased skills in language and literacy through greater:

    • Interest in and understanding of stories and books
    • Ability to discriminate beginning and ending sounds of words
    • Awareness of letter names and sounds
    • Use of emergent writing skills
    • Competency in language comprehension and expression (including use of English language for dual-language learners)


    Goal 3:  Social & Emotional Development

    Children will indicate increased social and emotional development by demonstrating greater ability to:

    • Participate cooperatively and constructively in group settings
    • Form and sustain positive relationships
    • Regulate emotions, attention, impulses and behaviors


    Goal 4:  Approaches to Learning

    Children will demonstrate increasing ability in their approaches to learning by showing greater:

    • Curiosity, motivation and inventiveness
    • Persistence in tasks and with attention
    • Personal expression through a variety of creative arts, including music, movement, art and dramatic play


    Goal 5: Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

    Children will demonstrate increasing acquisition of skills through:

    • Fine motor strength and coordination
    • Gross motor traveling, balancing, and manipulative abilities
    • Increased physical health status
    • Greater health knowledge and practice



    Goal 6:  Quality Teaching for Life

    We recognize that there are some intangible aspects of education that go beyond what can be measured, and that among those are a lifelong love of learning, confidence in one’s abilities, a feeling of self-worth and an understanding of the inestimable worth of those around us---while we may not be able to quantify or measure these things, we nevertheless seek to instill them in our children.

    Goal 7:  Supporting Children’s Ongoing School Success through Parent and Family Engagement

    Parents will demonstrate an understanding that school success involves the family as an active partner in the ongoing education of the child as they learn:

    • The kindergarten registration process, including health requirements of the public school system
    • In-home activities that will prepare their child for transitioning to kindergarten
    • Public school expectations regarding parent involvement and the grading system
    • About district and community resources available to support school success
    • Their role as their child’s primary educator and advocate throughout their child’s education