Growing Great Kids™ Exceeds New Head Start Performance Standards
At Great Kids, Inc. we understand the importance of being assured your program complies with the new 2016 Revised Performance Standards. To help reach our common goal of supporting young children and their families we are developing several exciting new products specifically designed for our partnership with Head Start/Early Head Start programs offering the Home-Based option.
Research Based Parenting Curriculum
Growing Great Kids is a developmentally appropriate research-based parenting, early childhood home-visiting curriculum that aligns with the Head Start Early Learning Outcome Framework. The Growing Great Kids Curriculum is based on a comprehensive and robust body of research. It provides learning goals and activities that align with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework developmental domains of: (1) Approaches to Learning, (2) Social & Emotional Development, (3) Language & Literacy, (4) Cognition, and (5) Perceptual, Motor, & Physical Development. The content is grounded in a comprehensive body of research regarding current mental health, child development, and early brain development science. The Growing Great Kids Curriculum is content-rich and skill driven, promoting parenting and child development goals outlined in the Framework. Our conversation guide style curriculum manuals provide guidance on what to teach and how to teach using strength-based and skill driven strategies. One of the strongest qualities of the Growing Great Kids curriculum is that it specifically designed to promote the parent’s role as his/her child’s “developmental specialist” through effective learning experiences that support important early learning outcomes. Growing Great Kids curriculum activities and experiences are focused on the parent-child relationship and, as appropriate, the family’s traditions, culture, values, and beliefs. The curriculum will support all caregivers as they work to create a learning environment in the home that is safe, nurturing, responsive, and language and communication rich. The Child Development Milestone Charts embedded in the curriculum are based on what the research indicates is a developmentally appropriate scope and sequence for early learning. By supporting opportunities for adult-child interactions that include play, exploration, discovery, and problem-solving, children will have adequate support to optimize their development.
We also have two crosswalk documents available Growing Great Kids Prenatal to 36 Months and Growing Great Kids for Preschoolers to clearly demonstrating the alignment of GGK Curriculum with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
Developmental Scope and Sequence
The Growing Great Kids® curriculum materials align with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The curriculum materials are organized by the developmental age of the child and include learning experiences for both the parent and child that are developmentally appropriate. Progression through materials in this manner provides the developmental scope and sequence of materials based on the developmental age of the child. The modules also include Developmental Milestone charts for each domain and age level that are aligned with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). These embedded Child Developmental Milestone charts are based on what the research indicates is a developmentally appropriate scope and sequence for early learning and development.
Currently, many programs are successfully using the existing GGK/GGF parenting curricula materials to meet the needs of Head Start/Early Head Start Group Socialization requirements and align with the Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Additionally, a 22-session, supplemental Socialization Group manual, is available. The Growing Great Kids® Group Socialization Manual is designed to support program/parent partnerships to effectively plan group activities while simultaneously providing group guidance on specific family strengthening strategies and child development activities that will create lots of opportunities for joyful interactions between parents and their children.
Professional Development Offerings that Guide Implementation Fidelity and Home Visitor Competency
GGK Tier 1 certification training includes researched-based “Best Practice Recommendations” and Fidelity checklists. All GGK Curriculum users are required to be certified in a 4-day skill-driven seminar. In addition, Supervisors who complete the Tier 1 certification are provided online access to the GK Professional Development Academy’s Great FIT (Fidelity Implementation Training). This course is designed to help programs develop and individualize an implementation plan that incorporates all of the researched based GGK Best Practice Recommendations.
A variety of Professional Development Workshops designed to enhance fidelity curriculum implementation. These include but are not limited to:
- Great FIT (online at the GK Academy)
- GGK Refresh (online at the GK Academy)
- Great Kids-Great Start (online at the GK Academy)
- RE-MAP Supervision: A Model for Supervising Home Visitors o Growing Great Kids®
- GGK Tier 2 Premium (online at the GK Academy)
- Integrated Strategies for Home Visitors
- Growing Great Families ® Advanced Practice of Goal Setting: A Framework for Family Growth