Early Head Start Home-based Environments. Tammy Petrowicz , EHS Director Karla Sprouse , Infant Toddler Care Coordinator Child Development Resources. Agenda. Introductions, Review Agenda, Review Goals EHS Program Performance Standards The Parallel Process Using the Home as a Resource
Early Head StartHome-based Environments
Tammy Petrowicz, EHS Director
Karla Sprouse, Infant Toddler Care Coordinator
Child Development Resources
1306.33 Home based program option. (b)
(1) The purpose of the home visit is to help parents improve their parenting skills and to assist them in the use of the home as the child's primary learning environment. The home visitor must work with parents to help them provide learning opportunities that enhance their child's growth and development.
(2) Home visits must, over the course of a month, contain elements of all Head Start program components. The home visitor is the person responsible for introducing, arranging and/or providing Head Start services.
(c) Group socialization activities must be focused on both the children and parents. They may not be conducted by the home visitor with babysitters or other temporary caregivers.
(1) The purpose of these socialization activities for the children is to emphasize peer group interaction through age appropriate activities in a Head Start classroom, community facility, home, or on a field trip. The children are to be supervised by the home visitor with parents observing at times and actively participating at other times.
(2) These activities must be designed so that parents are expected to accompany their children to the group socialization activities at least twice each month to observe, to participate as volunteers or to engage in activities designed specifically for the parents.
(3) Grantees must follow the nutrition requirements specified in 45 CFR 1304.23(b)(2) and provide appropriate snacks and meals to the children during group socialization activities.
1304.21 Education and early childhood development
(a) Child development and education approach for all children.
(6) In home-based settings, grantee and delegate agencies must encourage parents to appreciate the importance of physical development, provide opportunities for children's outdoor and indoor active play, and guide children in the safe use of equipment and materials.
(e) Parent involvement in child development and education
(2) Grantees and delegate agencies operating home-based program options must build upon the principles of adult learning to assist, encourage, and support parents as they foster the growth and development of their children.
1304.53(a)Head Start physical environment and facilities.
(1) Grantee and delegate agencies must provide a physical environment and facilities conducive to learning and reflective of the different stages of development of each child.
Grantee and delegate agencies must provide appropriate space for the conduct of all program activities
Grantee and delegate agencies must provide for the maintenance, repair, safety, and security of all Early Head Start and Head Start facilities, materials and equipment.
Grantee and delegate agencies must provide a center-based environment free of toxins, such as cigarette smoke, lead, pesticides, herbicides, and other air pollutants as well as soil and water contaminants. Agencies must ensure that no child is present during the spraying of pesticides or herbicides. Children must not return to the affected area until it is safe to do so.
Outdoor play areas at center-based programs must be arranged so as to prevent any child from leaving the premises and getting into unsafe and unsupervised areas. Enroute to play areas, children must not be exposed to vehicular traffic without supervision.
Grantee and delegate agencies must conduct a safety inspection, at least annually, to ensure that each facility's space, light, ventilation, heat, and other physical arrangements are consistent with the health, safety and developmental needs of children.
1304.53(b)(1)(i) - (vii) Head Start equipment, toys, materials, and furniture.
(1) Grantee and delegate agencies must provide and arrange sufficient equipment, toys, materials, and furniture to meet the needs and facilitate the participation of children and adults. Equipment, toys, materials, and furniture owned or operated by the grantee or delegate agency must be:
(i) Supportive of the specific educational objectives of the local program; (ii) Supportive of the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the children;
(iii) Age-appropriate, safe, and supportive of the abilities and developmental level of each child served, with adaptations, if necessary, for children with disabilities;
(iv) Accessible, attractive, and inviting to children;
(v) Designed to provide a variety of learning experiences and to encourage each child to experiment and explore;
(vi) Safe, durable, and kept in good condition; and
(vii) Stored in a safe and orderly fashion when not in use.
Home Visiting the PITC Way, WestEd 2005
Home Visiting the PITC Way, WestEd 2005