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.