Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF) provides Head Start with a guide for planning and implementing a comprehensive, yet focused, learning program.

Guiding Principles for School Readiness

  • Each child is unique and can succeed.
  • Learning occurs within the context of relationships.
  • Families are children’s first and most important caregivers, teachers, and advocates.
  • Children learn best when they are emotionally and physically safe and secure.
  • Areas of development are integrated, and children learn many concepts and skills at the same time.
  • Teaching must be intentional and focused on how children learn and grow.
  • Every child has diverse strengths rooted in their family’s culture, background, language, and beliefs.


The Framework is organized as follows:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social & Emotional Development
  • Language & Literacy
    • Language & Communication
    • Literacy
  • Cognition
    • Mathematics Development
    • Scientific Reasoning
  • Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development



For more information please visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/elof/i-elof.html.