Head Start is a national program, and its key goal is “school readiness.” At Sequatchie Valley Head Start this means children will have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life. (That includes the 88 infants and toddlers we also serve!)

School Readiness means:

*children are ready for school,
*families are ready to support their children’s learning, and
*schools are ready for children.


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Sequatchie valley head start’s school readiness model

Social & Emotional Development

Children will develop the ability to express, recognize, and manage their own emotions as well as recognize the emotions of others. They will learn to follow classroom rules, routines, and directions.

Language & Literacy
Children will develop the ability to listen, use, and understand language. They will understand that print carries meaning, and that each word can be broken down into smaller pieces of sound. Dual language learners will continue using their home language while gaining the ability to understand and speak English.

Approaches to Learning
Children will show initiative, curiosity, and creativity in their interactions and use of materials. They will demonstrate persistence, interest, and be able to pay attention when working with others in the classroom.

Physical Development & Health
Children will develop large and small muscles so they can do increasingly difficult things. Children will identify and practice basic safety habits.

Children will use math every day to count and to solve problems. They will question their environment to better understand their surroundings. They will draw on that understanding to seek solutions to problems. Children will understand individual roles of people in their family and their community.

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School Readiness Begins at Birth
Children are born ready to learn, so school readiness begins at birth when babies are forming secure attachments and trusting relationships with their families. As children develop strong social and emotional connections with their families and caregivers, they feel safe and secure in exploring and learning about the world around them.

Early learning experiences supported by loving adults are critical to healthy brain development needed for learning and future school success. Secure attachments with adults and early learning experiences that support healthy brain development establish the foundation for school readiness.


The mission of Sequatchie Valley Head Start is to create a nurturing place where children, families and staff can work through community partnerships to exceed Head Start's national goals.


HEAD START 3-5 yrs