School Readiness

Head Start of Eastern Orange County

School Readiness

We are helping to create thinkers,

doers & leaders!

This is the most important period of brain development & learning for your young child.  From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in his/her life & early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn & succeed in school & life. In other words, what & how your child learns now, can have impacting results.  This is why we take your child’s learning & overall health/development very seriously at HSEOC.


  • Families are children's most important & primary teachers; therefore, partnering with families provides the best results.

  • Children learn best when:

    • they are interested, are engaged in fun & open ended activities, have opportunities to explore (hands on learning),                                  are encouraged to be curious & allowed to take risks and feel successful

    • they have committed invested adults, high quality interactions really makes a difference

    • activities are individualized to meet each child's individual development

    •  they are challenged to think about thinking (metacognition skills) 

    • they are loved, respected and see themselves consistently represented

    • equity & diversity are embedded in daily practices

    • they're taught self-regulation & behavioral skills 

  • A comprehensive approach works best to provide the very best "head start" for children & families.

  • Research based curriculums and practices are needed to create significant outcomes.

Curriculum/Framework & Enhancers

"The Head Start Approach to School Readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children. Learn more about the approach:"


Social Emotional

Learning & Support

Healthy Habits