Options for Learning Early Head Start uses the High/Scope approach to learning when working with infants and toddlers.
The Infant-Toddler Curriculum is based on the principle that children learn best through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. During this active learning process, infants and toddlers are encouraged to discover the world around them by exploring and playing.
Learning and development are anchored by long-term, trusting relationships with teachers/caregivers, who are close at hand to support the children as they play.
In the home-base program, where families are visited by a Parent Educator once a week, the Portage Curriculum Model is implemented. The Portage Curriculum recognizes the parent as the child’s first teacher, and gives parents the opportunity to discuss child’s progress and plan activities that support continued development.