"CAI Head Start offers comprehensive services that include quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, and family services with a strong parent involvement focus. The goal of the program is to bring about a degree of social competence in preschool children from low-income families. Social competence refers to the child's everyday effectiveness in dealing with both his or her environment and later responsibilities in school and life. It takes into account the inter-relatedness of cognitive, intellectual, social development, physical and mental health, and nutritional needs.
CAI Head Start fosters an intellectual curiosity about the fascinating world in which we live. Enthusiasm for learning will flourish when activities are within the child's reach. Activities that are developmentally appropriate are intriguing to the child and foster the ability to reason and think.
CAI Head Start believes that play is the integral force in a child's learning. It is through play that all the parts of a child's self is at work. Children translate their experiences into understanding by exploring and experimenting with varied materials in their environment both indoors and out. In planning activities and experiences for the children in their classes, teachers follow the program's Curriculum Plan, which is based on knowledge of child development and on the theory of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. The Curriculum Plan was created with parent input and staff input, and is a reflection of the needs of our particular community of families. Themes that are chosen by the children and families are incorporated into the weekly lesson plans that the teachers write, with activities included that are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and creative needs of the child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website