The overall philosophy of the Early Head Start/Head Start Program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of low-income families. Social competence means the child’s everyday effectiveness in dealing with both the present environment and later responsibilities in school and in life. Social competence takes into account the interrelatedness of cognitive and intellectual development, physical and mental health, nutritional needs as well as other factors. To achieve social competence, Early Head Start/Head Start Program Performance Standards use a research-based curriculum (Creative Curriculum) to provide for:
- Improvement of the child’s health and physical abilities, including appropriate steps to correct present physical and mental problems and to enhance buy orlistat ever child’s access to an adequate diet.
- Improvement of the family’s attitude toward future health care and physical abilities.
- Encouragement of self-confidence, spontaneity, curiosity and self-discipline that will assist the development of the child’s social and emotional health.
- Enhancement of the child’s mental processes and skills, with particular attention to conceptual and communication skills.
- Establishment of patterns and expectations of success for the child that will create a climate of confidence for present and future learning efforts and overall development.
- Enhancement of the ability of the child and family to relate to one another and to others.
- Development of a sense of dignity and self-worth within the child and his/her family.