Activity Matrix for Infants and Toddlers
An Activity Matrix is a tool to help educators and caregivers plan, organize, and implement learning opportunities throughout the natural activities, routines, and transitions in an infant’s or toddler’s day.
Curriculum Modifications for Infants and Toddlers
Curriculum modifications are changes to the environment, activity, or materials that promote infant or toddler participation in planned activities, interactions, and routines.
News You Can Use
This e-newsletter examines topics important to staff who work directly with infants, toddlers, and families, including expectant families (e.g., home visitors, teachers, family child care providers). Each edition focuses on one particular topic, provides information about the topic and, through use of vignettes, shows how the information can be used in daily practice.
Supporting Messy Play with Infants and Toddlers
In this webinar, examine the specific learning that happens when infants and toddlers engage in messy play. Explore effective practices staff can use to manage the mess while also managing the classroom.
Using Scope and Sequence to Plan Responsive Learning Experiences for Infants and Toddlers
In this brief, education staff can find ways to use their curriculum’s scope and sequence to plan responsive learning experiences for infants and toddlers and their families. This resource defines scope and sequence. It also highlights key considerations in the infant and toddler curriculum context.
Infant/Toddler Effective Practice Series
These episodes focus on supporting infants' and toddlers' development and learning through all the elements of the Framework for Effective Practice, or House Framework.
Infant/Toddler Curriculum Series
These episodes focus on implementing curriculum in a responsive infant or toddler learning environment.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! encourages healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for young children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Curriculum Topics Page
The Curriculum topics page on the ECLKC offers resources that help programs support teachers, FCC providers, and home visitors as they implement research-based curricula and teaching practices.
Curriculum fidelity refers to how closely programs apply curriculum content and processes as designed. It is key to ensuring interactions and activities result in children’s learning and school readiness. Explore this page for information on curriculum fidelity.
Early Childhood Curriculum Resources
This collection provides information about key features of early childhood curricula. All are identified in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).
Implementing a Curriculum Responsively: Supporting Children’s Development and Learning
This suite describes how education staff can implement a responsive curriculum. It also highlights the importance of understanding children's development and learning.
Behavior Has Meaning
Discover the importance of understanding that all behavior is a form of communication and has meaning.
This suite describes what play looks like for children ages birth to 5. It also highlights the developmental stages needed to engage in make-believe play.
Engaging Interactions and Environments
These 15-minute In-service Suites are a professional development resource for staff in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. They are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices.
Exploring Science with Infants and Toddlers
Discover the science component of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) in the first of this eight-part Teacher Time series.
Exploring Technology with Infants and Toddlers
Discover the technology component of STEAM.
Exploring Engineering with Infants and Toddlers
In this episode, discover the engineering component of STEAM, including how using hands-on materials supports young children in learning why and how things work.
Infant and Toddler Explorers: Building STEAM Skills from the Start
In this webinar, find out what STEAM learning looks like for infants and toddlers. Explore research on the STEAM-related abilities of young children. Learn how to support infants and toddlers in developmentally appropriate ways as they build STEAM skills.
Math Learning Trajectories
These Learning Trajectories [LT]2 videos show teachers working with children to help them learn math skills. These skills include number recognition, spatial awareness, and sorting. Each video illustrates a goal in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Watch them to see how these teachers encourage math development with the children in their programs.
Math: Number Recognition and Subitizing
In this suite, learn about number recognition and subitizing. Find out why this key math competency is the foundation of math learning later in a child’s life.