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Child Care Glossary

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Hand-Eye Coordination

The hand and eye working together for completion of a task.

Head Start

Comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. For more information, click here .


A scheduled court time when a judge or child support magistrate heras the facts of a case in order to make decisions about the case.

Home or Native Language

Typically the primary language used in a home, as well as the first language learned by a child.

Home School

Providing an education to children at home or in the community rather than in a public, private, or parochial school.

Home Visitor

An individual who conducts home-based child development/education programs for families.

Home-based Services

In-home activities provided to individuals or families to assist with household or personal care and improve or maintain adequate family well-being.