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Adult helping students with activity

Here at Head Start we value families and believe that they are their child's first teacher. We believe in engaging families in all aspects of our program to include engaging with children in their classrooms. To support families in doing so, we held a Family Engagement Session on Wednesday November 2 in our newly designed Parent Conference Room. Our Family Resource Coordinator Kara Lewis and Education Manager Cynthia DeJesus engaged in a conversation with families as to what goes on in a preschool classroom. The Mission of Manchester Public Schools was shared as well as The 5 Blocks of the MPS Preschool Curriculum. Families were given an opportunity to look at hands on materials that children engage with in the classroom as well as discussed ways to foster communication with children by asking open ended questions. Families left with a message that is is more than "volunteering" in a classroom it is "engagement" we value what all families bring with them.

Adults watching Open House presentation     Snapshot of room layout for Open House


We believe that every child coming into our Head Start program is unique in terms of cultural heritage, life experiences and readiness for school.

Learning is Child's Play

We believe children learn best in a program that provides real opportunities to select and work with interesting materials and allow for

Children are encouraged to engage in different types of play throughout the day.

  • Dramatic play - pretending role-play
  • Exploratory play - observing and experimenting
  • Constructive play - designing and building

Children at play are actively involved in:

  • Learning to use language in new ways when interacting with others.
  • Exploring, and solving problems using higher order thinking skills
  • Developing their muscles and coordination.


Family Involvement

A partnership between home and school is so important. It provides a bridge that fosters understanding and knowledge about each child.


Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards

Assessment Tools: TS Gold

Click here for Connecticut Standards


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