At GCCSA Head Start & Early Head Start, we believe in promoting excellence through education. We provide teachers with mentoring and technical support that benefits children and families. We implement developmentally appropriate activities for our early learners that result in social competence and school readiness.
GCCSA’s early childhood program is based on sound child development principles on how children learn and grow, as well as the Head Start Performance Standards. Emphasis is placed on fostering the development of the whole child, including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and intellectual development.
Children are active learners. They learn best from a purposeful play that provides hands-on activities of their choosing, within a safe, nurturing and interesting environment. An appropriate balance is maintained between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. We allow children to make choices within their environment and experience the subsequent consequences to those choices under the guidance of supportive staff. This helps develop decision-making skills that will serve our early learners well in later life.
GCCSA’s Head Start & Early Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include: