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Celebrate Head Start's 54th Birthday

When is Head Start's Birthday?

On May 18th, 1965, in the White House Rose Garden, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced to the nation the creation of Project Head Start.

What is the significance of this year?

This year is also the 25th birthday of Early Head Start—which was authorized in 1994 to address the needs of low-income pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.

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54 years ago, on May 18th, 1965, Head Start was created by the stroke of President Johnson’s pen. Since that ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden, we have been celebrating Head Start’s impact on the lives of millions of children and families across the country. This year NHSA is celebrating Head Start’s birthday all week long!

Here are 5 ways you can join in the festivities:

1. Throw a birthday party!

What’s a better way to celebrate 54 years Head Start than to throw a party? Use NHSA’s Head Start birthday party toolkit to create decorations and bring the festivities into the classroom.

2. Contribute to Dollar Per Child

Contribute $25 in honor of the 25th anniversary of Early Head Start—and then find 3 friends to do the same! Every day, in different ways, the Dollar per Child campaign enables NHSA to achieve Head Start’s policy goals. From making Head Start part of the response to the opioid epidemic, to lobbying Congress for more funding, to influencing opinion through the media, the Dollar per Child campaign allows NHSA to be most effective on behalf of Head Start’s children and families.

3. Support Head Start advocacy (and encourage your friends to do the same)

In honor of Head Start’s Birthday, engage your community in amplifying the voice of Head Start children, families, and programs by supporting NHSA’s Dollar Per Child campaign. You can use this social media toolkit with sample posts that you can share on your personal accounts to encourage contributions.

4. Invite your members of Congress to visit your program

There is no better way to show elected officials all the great work happening in your program than to invite them in for a visit. Especially during this time of year when federal funding decisions are being made, it’s critical to remind decision makers how important Head Start is in their communities. Check out NHSA’s program visit how-to guide to get started today.

5. Engage with the Head Start community online

Participate in our #HappyBirthdayHeadStart campaign on social media. Use these suggested posts or share how you are celebrating with the rest of the Head Start community on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Tag @NatlHeadStart or use #HappyBirthdayHeadStart for a chance to be featured on NHSA’s social media accounts.