ECD Cognitive Development

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2-3 Pages Narrative Essay 

Discuss your response to the following topics. Read the context in the first paragraphs and respond to the assignment criteria below. 

Review the program descriptions for the Jefferson County (Colorado) and Portland Public Schools (Oregon) Head Start programs (see links below): 

Jefferson County (CO) Head Start Curriculum http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/head/head_T108_R6.htm Portland Public Schools 

Head Start Program and Curriculum: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/head-start/index.htm Also, review national curriculum requirements for Head Start programs as defined by U.S. 

Department of Health and Human Services: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/eecd/curriculum 

Next: Read about Piaget’s theory of Cognitive Development and of the implications that Piaget’s work has for early childhood development programs.

Use the required background readings. Prepare a critique of the Head Start program at Jefferson County and the Portland Public Schools—with respect to the extent and manner in which individual curriculum fosters the cognitive development of the young child. Your critique must address (but is not limited to) each of the following items: 

Based upon the program descriptions provided by Jefferson County and Portland Public Schools, does the curriculum of each program appear to foster the cognitive development of the young child as theorized by (Piaget, etc.)? 

If YES—Explain. 

If NO—Provide a modified (or, entirely new) overview of the program—similar to the existing overview—that DOES suggest that the program fosters the cognitive development of the young child. 

Determine if and how the program curricula is in line with the Stages of Cognitive Development.  

If YES—Explain. 

If NO—Modify each program description accordingly/as needed. Provide a detailed example of the type of activity that should be included in these 2 programs that fosters the cognitive development of the young child—with respect to Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development.