In an effort to afford early childhood education providers equity of access to the highest-quality movement education programming,OPEN has launched a content development effort with the help of some of the nation’s most respected physical education and early childhood content specialists.
EC Development Council: Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Helena Baert, Diane Craft, Andrea Hart
EC Content Authors: Helena Baert, Jim DeLine, Amy Gagnon, Laurie Gombash, Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Elyse Loughlin
Contributors: Lori S. Dunn, John Foley, Matthew Madden
Production & Design: Deedi Boland, Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Jennifer Truong
Program Design: There are 3 main goals embedded within the OPEN EC program.
- Provide developmentally appropriate physical activity experiences, allowing children an opportunity to accumulate 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
- Provide instructional content designed to foster the development of knowledge and skill in six main movement exploration categories (Movement Concepts, Balance, Locomotor, Manipulative, Health & Nutrition, and Social & Emotional Development).
- Provide early childhood teachers and program providers with movement-based activities that work toward developmental outcomes and indicators defined within the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.