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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.
"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, one teacher can change the world."* 
In the United States, there are more than two million child care staff working in settings that range from school district classrooms to their own homes.
Memorial Day marks the end of another school year and the unofficial start of outdoor summer fun.
The National Head Start Association is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci, has been selected to moderate the panel “
November is National American Indian Heritage Month
When Head Start was created in 1965 as a part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, American society was in the beginning of a period of unrest and polarization not seen since the Civil War.
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." 
Striving for Excellence in Head Start
For two days enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Nashville to work together and pave the way for future generations of our nation’s most vulnerable children.
Head Start managers and directors need a strong set of skills to provide the leadership necessary to move forward a high-quality program.
It’s a Wrap!
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
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.
On March 3, 2015, the water at LeeAnne Walters' house had lead levels 26 times what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a cause for concern. She lives in Flint, Michigan.
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.
Emotions are shaped by our biology and environment, and how we think, feel, and act is shaped by mental health. What does mental health mean for a child? A Head Start staff member? A family unit?
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. 
Last year the nation celebrated Head Start’s 50th anniversary— 50 years of providing quality, comprehensive early learning programs to our nation’s most vulnerable child
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.
Much like a disease, chronic absenteeism spreads rapidly, appears in clusters, runs in families, and has serious, detrimental effects. Unfortunately, it’s infecting our schools.
The first-ever Assets & Opportunity National Week of Action is taking place this week!
What is the Word Gap and Why do we Need to Address it?
In case you missed the news last week, be sure to catch up with a few articles collected by NHSA.
This October, as the nation celebrates Head Start Awareness Month, I can’t help but reflect on my own Head Start experience, which truly laid the foundation for my future success in grade school, high school, college and ultimately as a successful engineer.
From the beginning of the school year, I had a vision: 100% of my students would leave Room 8 kindergarten-ready. I believed that in order to see exponential growth in my class, it was of utmost importance to know my students and to have a relationship with each family.
In addition to the expert speakers, excellent learning sessions, and exciting special events, the Parent Conference offers a truly awesome setting: San Diego! Here are just some highlights of the scenery, culture and sunshine that San Diego offers.
I am proud to count myself among the 32 million children Head Start has served over the past 50 years, and we should all proudly stand up and renew our commitment to making sure all our nation’s children have hope for a brighter future. 
Head Start is giving you the chance to make a difference
This year Head Start has been celebrating 50 years of bringing life-changing, quality early childhood education services to children and their families.
This month the spotlight shines on Bruce E.L.M. Strothers as our honored alum of the month.
NHSA is excited to be launching an important new Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Study! This study, led by NORC at the University of Chicago with guidance from the National Head Start Association and Region V Head Start Association, will inform our national understanding of parent engagement and create a tool to help local programs collect better information from parents about their experiences.
In case you missed the news last week, be sure to catch up with a few articles collected by NHSA. 
In case you missed the news last week, be sure to catch up with a few articles collected by NHSA. 
This summer, NHSA’s interns - Hannah Taylor, a sophomore at NYU Abu Dhabi, and Elaine Vilorio, a junior at Amherst College - had the chance to visit Higher Horizons Head Start in Falls Church, VA,
On June 4th, NHSA hosted the first of six webinars in the Summer Reauthorization Webinar Series. The goal of these webinars is to dig deeper into some of the tough questions facing Head Start where there are clear challenges, but no clear solutions. 
1. Country's Flagship Preschool Program, Head Start, Celebrates 50 Years
This month we honor Marissa Marquez, a committed community advocate and Assistant City Attorney with the Houston Legal Department's Office of the Inspector General.
“Money was often tight growing up but my mother and extended family did all they could to make sure my brothers and I were provided with the opportunities and resources to help us thrive. Thankfully a government-funded program called Head Start afforded me crucial access to early childhood education while my mother attended school...."
I first became acquainted with Head Start about 28 years ago. My son was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with severe autism. As a young parent without much family support, I struggled to make ends meet as I grappled with how to deal with what was then a condition we knew very little about. I was devastated, overwhelmed, and felt as though I had nowhere to turn— until a local Community Action office told me about the local Head Start program.
Monday, May 18th is the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the founding of the Head Start program.
I want to salute Head Start teachers across the country who are opening windows of opportunity for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. As a Head Start graduate and lifelong educator, I can speak firsthand to the incredible difference these teachers are making in their communities
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of one of America’s most significant early childhood initiatives: Head Start.
This Mother’s Day, as I reflect on my journey as a parent, I cannot imagine being where I am today without the truly life changing support of Head Start. In fact, as I celebrate six wonderful years of being a mother, Head Start honors a milestone of its own: this week marks the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s creation of a federally funded preschool program that would serve the nation’s poorest children.
From an amazing  50 year Anniversary Gala celebration on Wednesday evening to a Closing Session reflecting on the profound impact of Head Start and its successes, the past 24 hours certainly have been a whirlwind!
Given that I have been blogging away these past few days I thought perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Evita Almassi and I provide NHSA’s voice on our social media outlets.
“Life is a gift to be given to others in service. That is what Head Start is about.” - Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP, at the Opening Session.
The National Head Start Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference is now underway and is wrapping up it’s first full day!
Black History Month was officially recognized by the United States in 1976, for Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area
This story of accomplished alum Mike Holt, from the very first class of Head Start in 1965, was published in the Birmingham News on January 14, 2015.
Excerpt from remarks made at NHSA’s Parent Conference in New Orleans on December 9, 2014:
The Little Traverse Baby Bands Head Start Center of Michigan has a very strong relationship with the Native American Community.
At Cook Inlet Native Head Start where 100 percent of the children served are Alaska Native and American Indian but come from many different tribal groups with different languages and customs, the c


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