Early Head Start Center-Based: Respectful, Responsive, Relationship-Based (3 R’s)
KidZCommunity has developed a locally designed curriculum, “3 R’s” – Respectful, Responsive, Relationship-based which is founded on sound child development theories around how children develop and learn. The heart of the curriculum is in relationships and interactions during the caregiving routines, which are conducted in ways that support physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. The curriculum is dynamic and changes daily based on each child’s, and the group’s interests and needs. Children have the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn in hands-on, safe, interesting, and developmentally appropriate environments.
Additionally, we value:
- Reggio Emilia philosophies and the Loose Parts approach
- The importance of establishing a partnership with parents and involving them in meaningful ways
- That every individual is rooted in culture and has the right to maintain his or her own identity, and that culture and family are at the core of children’s social and emotional development
- Individualizing curriculum/environment so it’s inclusive of differing abilities and languages
- Primary caregiving, where each child has one caregiver as their primary adult in the classroom
- Continuity of care, where primary caregiver moves with the child from infant room to toddler room
- Small group size
We supplement our curriculum with PITC Module Guides; Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton, Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL), I Move, I Learn (IMIL), and California Infant Toddler Learning & Development Guidelines.
Home Based: Home Visiting the PITC Way
Our home based curriculum is “Home Visiting the PITC Way” which is a partnership between parent and home visitor together offering invitations for young children to explore through safe, interesting and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The heart of the curriculum is in relationships and the interactions with the infants and toddlers during the caregiving routines. We believe that children develop, and their families are strengthened through:
- A relationship-strength based approach
- Responsive caregiving
- Valuing cultural and language differences
- Partnering with parents
- Creating pathways for future learning
- Understanding child’s development socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically
- Appreciation of different adult and child temperaments
- Socialization opportunities, and effective guidance and discipline techniques
Family Child Care Homes
Each Family Child Care Home uses a research based, validated curriculum to ensure fidelity. Like the center based curriculum, these curriculums are also strengthened by all the above listed approaches.