Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Daily Schedule and Program Features

03/07/1995

Tulare centers follow a traditionally structured Head Start schedule in the morning hours; and the Amanecer curriculum is used in most classrooms where a large proportion of the students are bilingual. Afternoon activities are less structured than morning activities, generally including a two to two-and-one-half hour nap or quiet time, followed by bathroom routines, snacks, and outdoor free play. This afternoon flexibility is necessary for two reasons: (1) children begin to tire in the afternoon; and (2) parents begin to pick up their children by 3:00 p.m., which can disrupt more structured activities. Tulare's migrant family day care homes do not use specific curricula, but as with center-based programs, structured age and developmentally appropriate activities are provided, as are scheduled meal, snack, and naptimes.

Tulare's programs are monitored not only through Head Start procedures (including yearly self-evaluations and triennial OSPRI monitoring visits), but by the California Department of Education, which involves a triennial "coordinating compliance review" by a second monitoring team.