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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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!
In honor of Native American Heritage Month this November, the National Head Start Association will shine a spotlight on Native American programs, educators and alumni who are making a difference in their communities.