GGK Alignment with Head Start

The Growing Great Kids Prenatal – 5 Years (GGK), Home and Center Based Curricula Series offers an individually tailored, uniquely enriching experience for children, their parents and their teachers. The GGK Series and training programs are grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • Relationships are primary for a child’s growth and development.
  • A child’s culture is central to his/her identify.
  • Parents nurturing responses and parenting skills provide the foundation for a child’s lifelong well being.
  • Home visitors have a responsibility to motivate and support parents to nurture and enrich their child’s development.
  • Young children learn holistically.
  • Children in families benefit from positive social connections in their communities.
  • All children can learn and thrive with the right type of stimulation and encouragement.
  • Parents are adult learners who grow best when their values and opinions are sought out, respected and built upon.
  • When it comes to learning, practice makes permanent!


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Early Head Start Curriculum Checklist

The Growing Great Kids Home Based Curricula Series exceeds all Head Start Curriculum requirements. Click the “+” below for each requirement to view examples of how Growing Great Kids meets the requirements provided below. For more information, please email

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Growing Great Kids Home Visiting, Child Development and Parenting Curricula provide interactive conversation guides to use with parents. The Home and Center Based Child Development Activities have their foundations in interactive learning principles that support the child’s learning and the parent’s critical and creative thinking skills.

Home Visitors and Teachers/Caregivers learn 6 essential parenting/caregiving skill sets aimed at obtaining optimal developmental outcomes in all domains. For every 3-6 months of a child’s development, the GGK curriculum includes the following modules: Basic Care (Health, Nutrition, Safety, Routines, etc.), Social and Emotional Development, Cues and Communication, Physical and Brain Development, Play and Stimulation and Parent’s Corner (age-specific parenting concerns/skills).

Parents, Teacher/Caregivers and Home Visitors learn to use a simple strategy with each other and the children in their care that results in positive attitudes towards learning, joyful learning experiences and the desire to put effort into learning.

Growing Great Kids Curricula materials provide Home Visitors, Parents and Teachers with checklists for typical development as well as conversation guides for generating discussions with parents related to their developmental expectations. Curricula materials include activities parents, teachers and caregivers can to use to support age- and development-sensitive growth.

Growing Great Kids is designed to be used emergently, offering Home Visitors and Teachers a user-friendly structure for selecting and adapting developmentally competent interventions

Developmental checklists are provided at regular intervals for determining a child’s strengths, as well as areas for enhanced developmental support.

Through the Growing Great Kids Certification Program, Home Visitors and Teachers/Caregivers learn to be responsive to infant/child cues and signals, the principles of and how to enhance child directed play, and the importance of the parent-child relationship in development.

Growing Great Kids is grounded in using the child’s natural environment and everything in it to cultivate relationships and enrich development.

Growing Great Kids includes a Growing Great Families Curriculum manual that provides tools for Home Visitors and Teachers to help parents reach for their motivation and dreams for their children so they will have the best chance for achieving optimal developmental goals..

The Growing Great Kids Certification and Staff Development Program builds skills for using the curricula materials emergently, tailoring home visits, classroom activities, socialization groups or interactions with parents to the needs and wishes of all members of their families.

GGK includes hundreds of child development activities, written for Parents, Teachers and Home Visitors, with developmental goals and instructions for using them interactively with children. Child Directed Play is encouraged while teaching parents and caregivers to enhance the child’s creative and critical thinking.

During Growing Great Kids Certification Seminars, Home Visitors and Teachers learn targeted skills sets for stimulating the child’s curiosity and the pleasure in learning that result in children being motivated to explore.

Home Visitors and Teachers learn how to motivate parents to interact with children in ways that engage their critical thinking. Additionally, Home Visitors learn how to raise a parent’s awareness, how to analyze one’s thoughts and actions and how to be intentional as they interact with their child.

Through the Growing Great Families modules, parents learn the value of social and cultural connections and how to creatively utilize support systems to strengthen their family and enrich their child’s development. The entire curriculum is written within the context of the parent’s and child’s social relationships..

Growing Great Kids’s holistic approach encourages Home Visitors and Teachers to respect a child’s needs for movement, good nutrition and richly stimulating in- and outdoor environments.

With a persistent focus on a child’s need for attachment relationships and feelings of security, GGK continuously reminds Home Visitors, Parents and Teachers of the child’s most basic emotional needs and how to meet them.

GGK Seminar participants learn about Dr. Bruce Perry’s Cycle of Mastery and practice using a GGK Daily Do (Parenting/Caregiver Skill Set) aimed at stimulating the child’s curiosity to learn and the pride that comes with putting forth effort and accomplishing new tasks.

The Growing Great Kids Curricula Series is unique in that it includes a family strengthening component. It provides training opportunities targeting the human service component of the EHS program which builds essential skills for using a strength-based and solution focused approach with program families. When utilizing communication strategies learned, families want to participate and are motivated to be the best parents they can be.

Growing Great Kids/Head Start Performance Standards Crosswalk

The Growing Great Kids Curriculum Series was specifically written to address the requirements and comply with the standards of programs working with vulnerable, highly stressed, low-income families. Our unique focus on strengthening the family and providing step-by-step guidance for cultivating secure attachment relationships sets Growing Great Kids apart from other curricula. A sample Growing Great Kids – Head Start Standard Crosswalk document below shows how the Growing Great Kids Prenatal – 36 months Curriculum exceeds Head Start Compliance Monitoring requirements.

By aligning Growing Great Kids™ materials and opportunities for play, exploration, discovery, and problem-solving with the outcomes described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework you will promote successful learning opportunities for all the children in your program. Learn more by viewing our alignment crosswalk document or our preschool alignment crosswalk document.