The major purpose of the Windows of Opportunity Project is to partner with Early Head Start (EHS) home-based programs nationally to further refine, implement,
and evaluate the Windows of Opportunity, a curriculum designed for EHS staff, families, and children. Windows of Opportunity is an evidence-based curriculum
created through funding by the USDHHS, ACF (Grant Nos. 90YF0054 and 90YD0253). This curriculum helps EHS staff to build the competence and confidence of EHS parents to support their young children’s learning, with positive outcomes in children’s behavioral and developmental growth.

 


There are three major goals of the Windows of Opportunity Project.

  1. The Windows of Opportunity curriculum was originally created to help home visitors improve parent and child competence and confidence. A goal of the expansion project is to modify EHS home visitor training modules and to develop materials for program managers to support EHS home visitors’ use of the curriculum. Although previous EHS programs have used the Windows of Opportunity curriculum with success, a major goal of the current project is to bring this curriculum to programs nationwide. Program managers will be able to participate in Webinars to learn how to implement the Windows of Opportunity curriculum and support their staff while they use the materials.
  2. To enhance the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Windows of Opportunity curriculum by developing materials for Spanish-speaking Early Head Start (EHS) families. We are currently in the process of creating both print and audio/visual products for families who speak Spanish.
  3. To assess the effectiveness of the Windows of Opportunity curriculum in enhancing EHS home visitors’ and families’ use of early childhood practices likely to improve parent and child competence and confidence in a national sample. We will conduct assessments to ensure the Windows of Opportunity curriculum is appropriate for both English-and Spanish-speaking families nationwide. We also will elicit feedback from program managers about the effectiveness of the curriculum with their families and home visitors. Finally, the curriculum will be revised based on this feedback.


Strengthening Early Child Development Through Everyday Activities

The multimedia and printed Windows of Opportunity parent materials are designed to be shared with families participating in a home-based early intervention program. These materials were created with evidence that
parents have the capacity to play a priceless role in their child's learning during day-to-day home and community activities.

You'll learn to identify your child's interests, letting them lead the day-to-day activities that will be beneficial for his learning. Be encouraging infants, toddlers, and you preschoolers to explore their special interest,
parents help them practice things they can already do and try to do new things. These are powerful ways to learn!


You can use our parent workbook, My Child's Interests: Window to Wide-Open Learning to identify your child's interest and use them to make a plan for offering day-to-day home and community activities you think
your child will enjoy.


Windows of Opportunity Interest pages are filled with examples of ways your child can explore his interests in a variety of activities that you and your child do together.

Parents Can! and The Evidence is In pages include ways to help them get the most from their children to help them get the most from their involvement in day-to-day activities. The more you practice what you
learn from these pages, the more confident you will feel about supporting your young child's learning.

On My Way: Journal of a Child's First Three Years is a keepsake "baby book" that offers a charming way for moms and dads to record, reflect on, and promote their young child's developing interests and learning milestones.

Additionally, we have includes a Lapgames and Fingerplays booklet to inspire fun and exciting play with your baby.


PDF Downloads

 

Interest pages


Animals Lap Games-Finger Plays
Balls Music
Books Outdoors
Cars People
Climbing Pretend Play
Dancing Put In & Out
Dolls Sand
Drawing-Writing Sounds
Faces Swinging
Food & Eating Throwing & Dropping
Hands & Feet Water
Jumping  



Parents Can!

parents can Parents Can! pages are idea-packed resources! Each page focuses on easy steps and creative ideas parents can use right away.


(English Download)
windows of opportunity spanish
(Spanish Download)
  Close to You! Cerca de ti
  Curtain Going Up...at Home! ¡Se levanta el telón!...en casa
  Heart to Heart De corazón a corazón
  Hooray for Me! Viva yo!
  It's A Breeze (infants) ¡Es muy sensillo ayudar a tu hijo a aprender!
  It's A Breeze (toddlers) ¡Es muy sensillo ayudar a tu hijo a aprender!
  It's A Breeze (preschoolers) ¡Es muy sensillo ayudar a tu hijo a aprender!
  Keys to New Learning Las claves para aprender cosas nuevas
  Powerful FUN with Responsive Playthings Es divertido aprender con los juguetes interactivos
  Powerful Social FUN for Little Ones Para los pequeños es DIVERTIDO interactuar socialmente
  SPArkle When You Interact with Young Children! ¡Brilla cuando interactues con tus hijos pequeños!
  Sunny Days Ahead! ¡El buen tiempo está cerca!
  Weaving Wonderful Tales ¡Vamos a tejer cuentos maravillosos!

 

 

 

 

Evidence is In!

 

evidence is in Evidence is In! pages describe and illustrate the characteristics of early childhood best practices, and gives guidance on how to use the practices.


(English Download)
windows of opportunity spanish
(Spanish Download)
  Heart to Heart De corazón a corazón
  I Did It! ¡Lo hice yo!
  Keys to Unlocking Social Skills Las claves para mejorar el desenvolvimiento social
  Play's the Thing! La súper hora de juegos para los bebés
  Responsive Home Environments Promote Social Ease El ambiente familiar interactivo
  Sensitive Parenting Build Parent-Child Closeness La crianza sensible
  Sunny Days Ahead! ¡El buen tiempo está cerca!
  Playtime Plus for Babies ¡El juego es lo más importante!
  Tune In & Respond! ¡Sintonízate y responde!
  Weaving Wonderful Tales ¡Vamos a tejer cuentos maravillosos!

 


VIDEOS

 

Interests Lead To Learning Interests Lead to Learning - Children learn best when they are doing something they’re interested in so knowing what a child likes to do and enjoys doing will help you facilitate a child’s learning. We'll explore personal and situational interests. (Length - 11:00)

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  Weaving Wonderful Tales Weaving Wonderful Tales- Shared reading is an interactive style of adult-child reading. In shared reading, the child is taught to gradually become the storyteller. (Length - 9:00)


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Tune In Tune In - Describes the three characteristics of a “tuned-in” adult-child interaction style. Discover how to boost a child’s development by consistently tuning in with these techniques. (Length - 6:42)

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  Setting The Scene For Social Ease Setting the Scene for Social Ease - Discover how the people and things that take center stage in a young child's home influence early social and emotional development. (Length - 7:34)

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Close To You Close To You - Interacting in ways that build strong parent-child relationships. Discover the ways parents can strengthen the parent/child relationship in their everyday interactions with their children. (Length - 8:39)

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  I Made It Fun Because I Made It Happen I Made It Fun Because I Made It Happen- Describes the social emotional benefits of early child learning opportunities. Early child learning is understanding the connection between what a child does (his behavior) and what happens (an interesting effect).
(Length - 6:00)

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