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Happy Head Start Awareness Month!

It was October 22, 1982...

It was October 22, 1982 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. Since then Head Start teachers, parents and alumni have been engaging in meaningful activities to commemorate the impact of Head Start on our nation’s children.

Proclamation 4990

...Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate the month of October as Head Start Awareness Month. I call on Head Start centers and other educational and community groups to call attention to Head Start activities with appropriate ceremonies and celebrations.


This month, NHSA rolled out a variety of ways that the Head Start community can help raise awareness about Head Start; and what better time to do it than now! Join us in celebrating the month by kicking of a Dollar per Child campaign in honor of #HeadStartAwareness Month. Dollar per Child raises funds to bring the voices of the children and families we serve to the powerbrokers in Washington. Dollar per Child is NHSA’s only source of support for our national advocacy and awareness raising efforts.

With your help, we hope to raise $1 per child in Head Start

We can do this by organizing community events and fundraisers, sharing and tweeting our Dollar per Child graphics to facilitate easy on-line giving, or simply asking our friends and family to make a donation in honor of Head Start Awareness Month! We hope you’ll use this toolkit to pick out some turn-key activities that you can do with your community.

In the lead up to October, we stormed Capitol Hill to raise awareness for Head Start with our newest Child Literacy Ambassadors, actor and children’s book author Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans. But that was just the beginning! To commemorate the month you too can play a part. Share our newest Head Start videos about well-known alumni and their successes and tag your members of Congress while using the hashtag #HeadStartAwareness.

You can also support NHSA’s critical advocacy efforts through the Dollar per Child campaign by making a donation online! Then, share an infographic on social media and encourage your community to give This year, let’s celebrate Head Start Awareness Month by ensuring that the voices of the 1 million children enrolled in Head Start today will be heard and listened to in the halls of Congress, in state capitals and even in the next White House.