Exploring and working with environmental issues can be exciting and enriching for Head Start staff. The goal of the technical guide is to broaden Head Start staff members' understanding of the natural environment so they can better incorporate environmental enrichment and environmental protection into their programs. The guide is organized into five sections, beginning with three training modules. Module 1, "Caring for Our Children, Caring for Our Earth," examines the Head Start program's overall goals in its work with children and families. This module explores ways that environmental concepts and environmental education can strengthen these services. Module 2, "Environmental Risks and Hazards," addresses staff members' ability to identify, understand, and alleviate environmental hazards, especially those relevant to their programs. Module 3, "Building Communities Which Consider the Seventh Generation," deals with community development and the big picture of environmental health now and in the future. This module encourages Head Start staff to consider practices and policies in this light. Each of the modules provides learning opportunities for workshop sessions and coaching and is organized into the following sections: (1) outcomes; (2) key concepts; (3) background information; (4) discussion/reflection questions; (5) learning activities; (6) points to consider, issues for discussion prompts; (7) additional activities to reinforce the expected outcomes and transfer skills to the work setting; and (8) handouts. Following the training modules, the guide includes a section on continuing professional development presents suggestions for further increasing knowledge and skills. A section on environmental education resources completes the guide.
Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Head Start Bureau
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