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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 consistently shows that children thrive and learn most effectively through hands-on exploration and play.

At HSEOC, learning permeates every aspect of our approach, fostering a rich environment of exploration and play on a daily basis.

Our educators craft learning experiences across various domains, including physical development, tailored to each child's personalized objectives as outlined by their families. The Physical Development goals are designed to facilitate purposeful engagement of both large (gross motor) and small (fine motor) muscles, while also encouraging the development of personal care skills and healthy habits.

Moreover, our outdoor playscape is deliberately constructed to support young children in achieving their physical development and other learning objectives.

Given these considerations, it is important for children to come prepared each day, dressed to engage in exploration, movement, play, and overall success in attaining their individualized developmental goals.

See Dressing Your Child For Success Recommendations below.

Every day, it's important for children to dress in attire that allows them to run, jump, and move without restriction, cloth
es that are suitable for getting dirty, and shoes that enable them to engage in various activities such as running, skipping, biking, climbing, and developing gross motor skills, as well as participating in activities like playing in the sand, gardening, painting, and other exploratory endeavors.

Additionally, opt for outfits that are easy for children to manage, allowing them to independently put on and take off their clothes as necessary.

Attire such as "skinny jeans" or sandals can be too constrictive and pose limitations for young children, potentially even posing safety risks.

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. 

  See information about outdoors in the winter in our OUTDOORS page 

If you are having a difficult time accessing any of these  items for your child, please contact your Family Advocate at
845-562-0380 for assistance.

What do I need to send to school?


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




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



We ask that you send in a small nap blanket & pillow so they can rest daily. We ask that the blanket & pillow are small so they can fit in your child's cubby. 




We provide all meals. We have kitchen staff who prepare healthy fresh meals on site daily.



If you are having a difficult time accessing any of these  items for your child, please contact your Family Advocate at
845-562-0380 for assistance.

What does the

Daily Routine consist of?





A consistent daily routine 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 they want 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. Our playscape is intentionally designed for young learners. Outdoor time is an opportunity for hands-on, active learning in nature where young children can explore freely, moving their bodies and meeting their individual development goals. 

Transition Time(s) — 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.


Brushing teeth daily
is embedded in routine

How &/

What will my child learn at HSEOC?


For information on frameworks/

curriculums, please visit our

School Readiness page.

You will find more resources below.




Red paint in the hair? Blue paint on the jeans? Sand in the shoes? Peanut butter on a favorite shirt? White socks that look brown? Sleeves a bit damp?

YOUR CHILD PROBABLY…... worked with a friend, solved a problem, created a masterpiece, negotiated a difference, learned a new skill, strengthened his/her self-help skills, developed new language skills & had a great time.

YOUR CHILD PROBABLY DIDN'T...... feel lonely, become bored, do a repetitive task, do worksheets that are too easy or rote work, sit down for long periods of time, complete tasks that are discouraging

YOU PROBABLY…... paid good money for those clothes, will have trouble getting the red paint out, are concerned the caregiver isn't paying enough attention to your child

 YOUR CAREGIVER PROBABLY…... was aware of your child's special needs and interests, spent time planning an individualized &  challenging activity for your child, encouraged all  the children to take risks  try new things, was worried you might be concerned.

 Young children really learn when they are actively exploring, solving problems & involved in play...not when someone is talking to them or just giving them directions. There is a difference between "messy" and "lack of care." Your caregiver made sure your child was fed, warm, offered new skills and planned messy fun things to do because that's how children learn best!

Send your child in clothes that can get dirty! Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy or an extra pair of clothes in your car in case you need to take your child somewhere after school. But remember, children need time to be kids & explore.


~Author Unknown

             Adapted from                                 



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