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The Child Development Program is designed to meet each child’s individual needs and the educational priorities of the community.

Regardless of cultural background or special needs, every child is offered a variety of learning experiences designed to foster physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth and to develop an appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity.

Our classrooms prepare children to enter kindergarten and to be school ready. Classroom size consists of a maximum of 15-20 children per classroom. Teaching staff consists of highly qualified teachers to work with you and your child.

One lead teacher and one teacher are assigned to each classroom. Most lead teachers have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and are supported in the classroom with a staff person who is also degreed and has experience working with young children.

On-going training is provided to ensure teachers are provided with up-to-date teaching skills and materials. The SIU Head Start Curriculum consists of well-planned units that promote language, literacy, math, creative arts, social emotional development, approaches to learning, physical health and development.


Head Start’s classroom curriculum is designed to meet the child’s individual needs. Development of good health and nutritional habits, personal safety habits and self-help skills are individualized.

Children receive a variety of learning experiences to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play, field trips around the community, and music, art, and language activities.

Children are encouraged to express their feelings, develop a good feeling about themselves, and get along with other children.

Children are encouraged to choose activities from a variety of learning interest centers located in each classroom. Some of the centers included in the classrooms are listed below:

                         Block Center
                         Dramatic Play Center
                         Computer Center
                         ABC Center

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                                                                   Sand and Water Center
                                                                   Book Center
                                                                   Art Center
                                                                   Science Center
                                                                   Math Center
                                                                   Writing Center
                                                                   Manipulative Center                           

Half Day Schedule

AM Session PM Session Activity
8:00 12:30 Arrival/Greeting
8:15 1:00 Breakfast/Lunch/Tooth Brushing
9:15 1:45 Teacher Guided Activity Time-Outside Time
10:30 3:00 Prepare for lunch/Snack
10:45 3:15 Lunch/Snack
11:15 3:45 Prepare for Departure
11:30 4:00 Departure

Extended Day Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 am Arrival/Greeting
8:15 am Breakfast/Lunch/Tooth Brushing
9:30 am Teacher Guided Activity Time-Outside Time
11:00/11:30 am Lunch/Clean-up/Prepare for Nap Time
12:30 pm Nap Time
2:45/3:00 pm Snack
3:00/3:15 pm Teacher Guided Activity TIme-Outside Time
3:45 pm Prepare for Departure
4:00 pm Departure