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Brookhaven Head Start

3939 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75244

(972) 331-9565


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Technology is play-based with some structure

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We individualize our teaching to meet the needs of every child in the classroom. The teachers do this by their on-going assessments and the colaboration with other agencies and arrange their classroom as well as the activites on the lesson plans (weekly) to adress the needs of all the childen in theri classroom.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

HEAD START of Greater Dallas provides children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters
self-reliant families and communities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly Parent Meetings
Fall/Spring Home Visits with the Teachers
Family Advocate Home Visits
Fall/Spring Parent Conferences
Parent Letters from the teachers


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a Visitation period that takes place with every new parent and child where they are both introduced to the classroom, the teacher and the staff. The parent will be with the child, in the classroom, for the first day of school.