Head Start On Engineering

A multi-component, bilingual, family-centered program designed to engage preschool children and their parents and caregivers in the engineering process. The program focuses on the engineering design process, rather than the field of engineering, as a topic and skill that is highly relevant to the everyday lives of families, helps make engineering feel approachable, and easily connects to early childhood play and learning practices. Visit the website for info on:

  • Professional development workshops for Head Start teachers and staff
  • Parent workshops
  • Take-home activity kits and online videos
  • Home visits and ongoing support
  • Complementary classroom activities
  • Science center field trips
  • Ongoing research and evaluation

The Head Start on Engineering project also has recently introduced a new type of resource for families and teachers: Sparks!. These bilingual (Spanish and English) activity ideas are a fun and easy way for families to learn together at home that support preschool-age children’s development and spark family engagement with engineering design.