October is Head Start Awareness Month.
First created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, Head Start Awareness Month is an opportunity to share at the local, state and national levels the power of Head Start.
As President Reagan said in his proclamation, Head Start “has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development.” Continuing this awareness and creating new champions for Head Start’s mission is not only critical, but also fun. This October, join NHSA in building knowledge of and support for Head Start’s whole-child and whole-community approach to supporting families on their path to success.
Throughout October, NHSA will be sharing tools and resources to help you spread awareness in your community about the life-changing power of Head Start.
Communications: The digital Head Start Language Playbook—available in both English and Spanish—is designed to help the Head Start community have better, more effective conversations about our mission with the public.
Advocacy: NHSA has tools you can use in inviting and hosting your members of Congress. Our Congressional Visit Guide has tips on inviting, hosting, and following up. To access this resource, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us strengthen
Head Start’s voice.
Millions of American children are in desperate need of the window of opportunity for success in life that Head Start provides. Through our Dollar per Child campaign, the National Head Start Association ensures that the voices of these at-risk children and their families are heard in the halls of Congress, before the White House, and in state capitals.
Head Start Alumni
In 1965, our nation made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for at-risk children through "Project Head Start." In the 50+ years since, nearly 35 million Americans have attended Head Start.
Spread awareness about the impact of Head Start by highlighting alumni in your community and around the nation who are demonstrating the power of the Head Start advantage. Head Start alumni have gone on to become business owners and artists, musicians and doctors, teachers and members of Congress, and exceptional sons, daughters and parents. Those who have been touched by this program know the reality of how a head start in life can help lead to success.
Learn more by watching the Head Start Advantage documentary featuring alumni such as Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Sylvia Acevedo, former rocket scientist and current CEO of Girl Scouts of America, and Cornell William Brooks, former President of the NAACP.
How can Head Start programs participate?
Head Start programs love to celebrate Head Start Awareness Month. Here are a few ideas for activities you can host in your community! Here are a few ideas for fun activities for Head Start Awareness Month.
Did you know…
Head Start was launched in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children living in poverty. Over the last 54 years, more than 35 million children have benefited from Head Start’s unique approach, which is built on the premise that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential. Today, Head Start serves more than one million children, families and pregnant women each year on their path to success.
The Head Start model is built on evidence-based practices and is constantly adapting—using the best available science and teaching techniques to meet the needs of local communities.
The four major components of Head Start are:
Creating a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
Engaging parents as equal partners with their child’s teacher. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
Provide outreach to families to determine what services would benefit them.