Q: How should I dress my child for school?

A:  Research has demonstrated over & over that children learn best through exploration & play. At HSEOC learning is embedded in everything we do - so there's a lot of exploration and playing happening. Therefore, please dress your child ready for exploration & play. 

DRESS CODE: Clothes that children can run, jum & move freely in, clothes children can get dirty, shoes chidren can run, ride bikes, climb and build gross motor skills in.

What do I need to bring to school?

What do I need to bring to school?


How should I dress my child for school?

Research has proven over & over that children learn best through hands-on exploration & play.

At HSEOC, learning is embedded in everything we do, so there's a lot of exploration and playing happening.


Therefore, please dress your child every day ready for exploration & play. 

DRESS CODE: Clothes that children can run, jump & move freely in, clothes children can get dirty, shoes children can run, ride bikes, climb, build their gross motor skills, play in sand, paint & other activities they can freely explore.

OUTDOORS: We go outdoors daily, even in the winter. Please dress your child for going outdoor daily.

In the winter, please send your child to school with a coat, hat, gloves, scarf & appropriate shoes. 


  Research demonstrates that going outdoors daily, even in the winter, provides many benefits, including:

Health benefits-  

  • It provides essential Vitamin D

  •  Germs &  bacteria mostly live on indoor surfaces.

  • It provides opportunities to develop gross motor skills & get more exercise.

Educational benefits-

  • Brain stimulation

  • Appreciation of nature

  • Promotion of Problem-Solving, Imagination

  • New scenery = more opportunities for learning

  • Open ended experiences

  • New discoveries daily

If you are having a difficult time accessing any of these clothing items for your child, please contact your Family Advocate for assistance.

What do I need to send to school?

Learning Materials:

At Head Start we do not require school learning materials for our students. We provide everything your child needs to learn & explore in the classroom. 



Book bag- We do ask that your child has a book bag (average size- the size of his/her back). 



Nap blanket & pillow- If your child is attending a full day program, we ask that you send in a small nap blanket & pillow. We ask that the blanket & pillow are small so they can fit in your child's cubby. 



MEALS- We provide meals. We have kitchen staff who prepare healthy fresh meals on site.



What does the

Daily Routine consist of?

The Daily Routine: A Framework for the Day’s Events 

Supports children’s security and independence. Following a consistent routine day after day gives children the sense of security they need to make choices and take risks, which opens the door to exciting learning opportunities.



Greeting Time- A time to greet, show appreciation & love for each other. Helps children feel safe and ready to explore & learn.

Message Board Time- A time for engaging & guiding. Provides children another opportunity for problem solving & leadership. 


Plan-do-review -Sequence (Planning Time, Work Time, Recall Time) — This three-part sequence is unique to the HighScope Curriculum. It includes a 10- to 15-minute period during which children plan (Planning Time) what they want to do during Work Time (the area to visit, materials to use/explore, and friends to play with); a 40- to 60-minute Work Time minimum for children to carry out their plans (or shift to new activities that interest them); and another 10- to 15-minute period for reviewing and recalling (Recall Time) with an adult and other children what they’ve done and learned.

Small-group time During this time, a small group of children meet with an adult to experiment with materials, try out new skills, and solve problems. Adults develop a small-group activity based on children’s interests and particular skills, materials, or content areas that suit children’s developmental learning needs. Though the adult plans the activity and sets it in motion, children make choices about how to use the materials and freely communicate their ideas.

Large-Group Time — Large-group time builds a sense of community. Up to 20 children and two adults come together for movement and music activities, interactive storytelling, and other shared experiences. Children have many opportunities to make choices and play the role of leader.

 Outside TimeChildren and adults spend at least 30 minutes outside every day, enjoying vigorous and often noisy play in the fresh air.

Transition Times — Transitions are the minutes between other blocks of the day, as well as arrival and departure times. Teachers plan meaningful learning experiences for these times, which keeps children engaged and minimizes disruption.

Meal Time— Meals allow children to enjoy eating healthy food in a supportive social setting. Meal Time is Family Style where children serve themselves and adults sit with children to eat meals and have conversations.

Adult team planning time The teaching team meets to discuss their observations of children’s developing abilities and interests, focusing on these observations as they plan activities and review the materials in the classroom. It can occur during children’s nap time, before children arrive, or after they leave.

Also, embedded into our routine is

brushing teeth daily


How/what  will my child learn at HSEOC?

For information on frameworks/

curriculums, please visit our

School Readiness tab.

Also, below you will find helpful information.