Education & Early Childhood Development

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is…

  • Proven to increase kindergarten readiness
  • Academically rigorous and promotes social–emotional development
  • Rated higher than any other preschool curriculum
  • Inclusive, supporting all children
  • Aligned to all state early learning guidelines and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes

As you prepare children for success in school and life, it’s more important than ever to educate the whole child.

Creative Curriculum®

A whole-child approach to education—one where children develop not only math and literacy skills but also social–emotional, physical, and cognitive skills—is developmentally appropriate and better prepares children for life well beyond their time in a classroom.

Rutland County Head Start Children are on the Road to School Readiness.

Children attending Rutland County Head Start are on the road to school readiness. Rutland County Head Start uses the Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum. The Creative Curriculum® addresses goals in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and serves as a guide for staff in the provision of materials and activities to support children's goals. The Creative Curriculum® is linked with Teaching Strategies GOLD™, which uses Development and Learning Progressions that research has identified as being the most predictive of school success.

Teaching Strategies GOLD™ Assessment

The Teaching Strategies GOLD™ assessment system is a seamless, observation-based assessment system that blends ongoing, authentic assessment in all areas of development and learning with intentional, focused performance assessment tasks for selected predictors of school readiness. Teaching Strategies GOLD™ is inclusive of children with developmental delays and disabilities, children who are English-language or dual-language learners, and children who are advanced learners.

Rutland County Head Start Works with all School Districts in Rutland County

Rutland County Head Start also works with all school districts in Rutland County to enhance the transition procedure for children entering kindergarten. This includes coordinating visits to the child's new school and visits by the school to the child's Head Start classroom. Head Start teachers meet with public school kindergarten teachers to exchange child portfolios and discuss the child's preschool experience.