Growing Up WILD demonstrates through its materials and training programs how early childhood learning objectives can be reached through use of the outdoors and nature-themed activities combined with art, music, and play. It also builds the confidence of early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and high quality personal training programs.
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Head Start is a U.S. federal program with the overall goal of readying young children for school. It offers educational, health, nutritional, and social services to young children that enhance social and cognitive development.
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework provides long-term goals for early childhood programs connected with Head Start, and is a helpful resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. The framework identifies five general domains: (1) approaches to learning; (2) social and emotional development; (3) language and literacy; (4) cognition; and (5) perceptual, motor, and physical development. It also specifies over 300 sample indicators of children’s learning within those domains.