On October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Head Start Awareness Month. Thirty-one years after the proclamation, his words still inspire us to celebrate this great program: "Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a 'head start' in life."
Here are some of the many October activities. Check back often as we continue to update this page with new activities and events!
All Month Long: Alumni Spotlights
Throughout Head Start Awareness Month we will be spotlighting Alumni from across the country. Check back every weekday as we publish new stories!
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3: Fall Leadership Institute and Head Start Awareness Month Kick-Off Rally on Capitol Hill.
NHSA's Fall Leadership institute is an opportunity for Head Start and Early Head Start leaders to gather and discuss Early Childhood Education against the backdrop of pre-K expansion, the Sequester cuts, DRS, and funding in FY 2104. The Kick-Off Rally, on the grounds of the Capitol in Washington will be an exciting opportunity for Congress to hear our voices, and for us to hear our champions in Congress. Find out more about the Fall Leadership Institute and Kick-Off Rally at go.nhsa.org/fli-2013
October 3rd: JumpStart Read for the Record
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Read for the Record is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education Learn more at jumpstart.org
October 8th: Parent/Policy Council Conference Call
On October 8th, at 7pm ET, the National Head Start Association invites all parents and policy council members to join us for a Welcome! conference call. In this call we want to hear about what you have been doing this summer, tell you what NHSA has accomplished and discuss our goals for the upcoming month and year. We look forward to speaking with all the Head Start parents soon!
October 15th: 2013 Awards and Scholarships
NHSA announces the recipients of the 2013 scholarships and awards - given in recognition of their unique contributions to Head Start.
October 18th: Celebrate Farm to Head Start
Many Head Start programs are engaging in “Farm to Head Start” activities, including purchasing local food for meals and snacks, bringing students to farms and farmers into the classroom, teaching students how to cook or prepare locally grown food, and even tending to your own gardens. On October 18th, NHSA and the National Farm to School Network will announce “Celebrate Farm to Head Start Day.” You can learn more, read about different program models, and sign up for a monthly Farm to Preschool e-newsletter at www.farmtopreschool.org.
Head Start Awareness Month Webinar Series
To bring attention to Head Start Awareness Month, NHSA will be hosting a series of 4 webinars! These webinars will provide you with a variety of information ranging from the origins of Head Start to the modern day classroom. Check back for more information on the topics below and we hope to see you there!
National Food Day
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24. Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein.
This is a great opportunity for Head Start programs to participate in Cooking Matters at the Store tour to teach healthy shopping on a budget to your Head Start parents. Find out how to arrange a grocery store tour near you at http://go.nhsa.org/cmats.
All Month Long: Dollar Per Child Campaign
All month, all across the country, Dollar Per Child events are taking place, giving communities opportunities to show their support for the valuable role Head Start plays locally and to raise funds for NHSA’s advocacy efforts. Find out more at go.nhsa.org/dollar-per-child