In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, it is impossible not to turn our minds to our heritage and when we think of heritage we think of families and the legacies left to us and which we will leave to our children.
The world of early childhood education is much talked about these days, but it’s not always well-understood. Sometimes it may seem like there are more research articles on preschool than there are four-year-olds in classrooms. No matter your level of experience in the field, the sheer amount of research out there can be overwhelming.
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.
With abundant harvest at the ready and apple orchard and pumpkin patch field trips a common occurrence, it seems only natural that October is National Farm to School Month. Designated by Congress in 2010, National Farm to School Month is a perfect time to get started with farm to early care and education initiatives in Head Start.
From September 15th to October 15th we join our nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! While NHSA believes it extremely important to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino American members of our society all year long, we also believe that we must seize upon each and every opportunity to do so in a more publicized way.
NHSA just wrapped up another invigorating and enlightening Fall Leadership Institute! We were joined in Washington, D.C. by nearly 400 members of the Head Start community - directors, management, and even parent ambassadors. The week was spent learning and discussing together; we heard from the Office of Head Start, White House staff, Head Start alums and insightful guest speakers about the major issues facing Head Start today.
This week, HRSA, The Health Resources and Services Administration, hosted their Bridging the Word Gap Challenge Demo Day! Bridging the Word Gap Challenge is a 3 phase challenge to find and develop innovative tech-based solutions to the word gap.
Imagine a child who is taught at home that kids are meant to talk and play and complete tasks together. Few things at home are done alone. Ana is learning to tie her shoes, but her big brother will stick his hand in and hold the bunny ears before she drops them. As Ana learns, he helps less and less.
How do we encourage educators, many of whom are uncomfortable with math and science, to engage in STEAM activities with their students? What’s the difference between STEAM and STEM? These are just some of the questions answered last week when NHSA participated in a Google Hangout panel hosted by the U.S. Department of Education that highlighted state, regional and national system-wide early STEM efforts across the country.
Last week, innovators from around the country gathered in Seattle, Washington to attend the first-ever Early Childhood Innovation Summit. Head Start began as an innovative experiment 50 years ago and, in that spirit, early childhood education leaders across the country are continuing to find innovative ways to better serve their communities.
For many of our Head Start children, summer poses a threat. The effects of less class time, fewer books, and limited opportunities for social skill growth can have detrimental effects known as "summer learning loss."
During the two days before NHSA’s 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference, 50 committed and energized members of the Head Start community will gather in Nashville for the first ever Head Start hackathon. In fact, we believe this will be the very first hackathon in the early childhood world! Find out more at www.headstarthackathon.org.
Head Start is a fabulous program with its own culture, language, sense of community — and many moving parts. As a former Head Start Director, I learned a number of valuable lessons throughout the years. Here are five fundamental elements that are vital to a Head Start program’s success.
I’ve been wonderfully busy working with programs to secure Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CC) Partnership monies that will create and strengthen partnerships with local child care programs. This interesting collaboration will extend the best of EHS out to the community, stretching those Federal dollars to serve as many children as possible.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who discovered the problem in Flint, and other Flint community leaders, right away suggested Head Start/Early Head Start as the necessary intervention for all the youngest children affected. The recommendation is well-grounded in the fundamental elements of the Head Start model, and I believe it can and should be scaled.
Each year, once a year, there’s a week that captures the attention and minds of people across the nation. It is a week of intrigue, a week of fear, a week of excitement, and a week that blurs the line between fact, fiction, and wishful thinking. No, I’m not talking about Discovery Channel’s Shark Week – I’m talking about Washington’s Budget week.