Early Head Start and Head Start Programs

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Early Head Start and Head Start programs using Parents as Teachers curricula have the option to become a Curriculum Partner. Establishing the Curriculum Partner opportunity is evidence that Parents as Teachers National Center is committed to assuring that programs meet the expectations stated in the Head Start Performance Standards.

Becoming a Parents as Teachers Curriculum Partner will support your efforts by offering continued access to useful resources like the Personal Visit Observation Tool which includes the HOVRS- A+ for supervisors. As a Curriculum Partner, you can confidently serve your EHS/HS families, knowing that you are delivering research-based services by demonstrating fidelity to the Foundational Curriculum and Foundational 2 Curriculum.

Our curricula feature family-friendly activities and resources that engage families in children’s learning and development within three key areas of emphasis: parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being.



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High Quality Training

Benefits of becoming a Curriculum Partner begin with the Foundational Training where participants learn about the Parents as Teachers approach to home visiting.  Professionals who serve families of children ages three through Kindergarten entry may complete the Foundational 2 Training. Participants who successfully complete training are better prepared to achieve Head Start outcomes and able to promote school readiness and parent engagement, hallmarks of Head Start and Early Head Start.

Alignment with Early Head Start

The Office of Head Start requires grantees to demonstrate implementation fidelity to a research-based evidence-informed curriculum. We designed these resources to support efforts to show fidelity to the curricula. Parents as Teachers Curriculum Partners will have access to a dedicated workspace in O.L.I.V.E.R., the Parents as Teachers learning management system. Within this workspace, members will have ongoing access to:

  • Guided learning opportunities

  • Specialized webinars

  • ELOF alignment

  • COR assessment alignment

  • Reflective Supervision Toolkit

  • Demonstrating Fidelity Checklist, which includes the Personal Visit Observation Tool, File Review Tool and much more!

  • Alignment with Early Head Start

As a Curriculum Partner, you will also benefit from individualized start-up support as well as ongoing technical assistance from our EHS/HS Implementation Support Specialist.


  • Support for family goal setting consistent with Early Head Start Performance Standard § 1302.50(b)3.

  • Provides parent-child activities that support parents’ ability to make a positive impact on their child’s development consistent with Performance Standard § 1302.51.

Contact Tiedra Marshall to get more information about the benefits of becoming a Parents as Teachers Curriculum Partner.


Overall, my experience was outstanding! Accessing the program resources online, training guides, collaborating with my colleagues, participation in the role plays, working in small groups, and observing the home visit modeling.
The activities helped me understand the importance of becoming a partner with the parent or parents and helping them become more reflective in their growing knowledge of their child’s development. I understood my role as an educator.
Activities are closely aligned with EHS School Readiness Goals,” says Rachel Rogers of the Kentucky River Foothills Early Head Start program, a Parents as Teachers affiliate. “Family Goal setting with PAT is easier…due to many tools it offers to help families visualize their goals. It helps organize your data and lesson plans and has many tools to encourage family engagement. PAT helps ensure that your program meets the requirements for EHS/HS. The more we use it, the more we love it.
I think what I like most about the Foundational Curriculum is that it has really done an excellent job of moving away from the old model of ‘teacher as expert’ toward a much more empowering ‘parent as expert’ approach,” says Michelle Harvey of the Mount Hood Community College Early Head Start program in Oregon. “It really helps me be reflective in my work with children and families and does an excellent job supporting parallel process with all of us learning and wondering together.