Gather Your Community for a Block Party
In commemoration of Head Start’s 50th anniversary and Head Start Awareness Month, the Office of Head Start and NHSA are inviting Head Start centers nationwide to celebrate with a national 50th birthday party! On October 14th, bring together family, friends, and community for a Head Start Block Party.
October 14th will be a great opportunity to thank supporters, honor local alumni, and inform lawmakers, but this celebration is also a giant “Thank you!” to generations of parents and families who have done so much to make our programs successful. Visit the OHS website for more tips on how to create a successful event!
Watch a National Broadcast from OHS
Make sure to watch the livestream as the Office of Head Start will broadcast a National Anniversary Celebration Webcast at 5:30pm from the Campagna Center Head Start and Early Head Start program in Alexandria, VA. The broadcast will be replayed for centers in other time zones. Stay tuned for more details, including news about special guests!
Invite Your Member of Congress and Elected Officials
As Members of Congress will be back at home the week of October 14th this is a great opportunity to invite them to celebrate with you! Inviting Members of Congress to your Head Start center is a great way to build relationships and show the unique impact your Head Start program has on your community.
View our toolkit for a successful visit with a Member of Congress or elected official. Additionally, feel free to download our Block Party press release template and adapt it to your event.
5 Fun Themes to Plan Your Block Party!
To help you plan your Block Party, we have created these five fun party ideas to bring your community together in celebration of Head Start’s 50 years.
- ) Movie Night
Host a family-friendly movie night at your center or a local community center! Bring families together with a kid-friendly movie, popcorn, and other healthy snacks. Make a short interruption to tune into the National Anniversary Celebration Webcast!
- ) Fall Festival
Amp up the efforts for a full-out Fall festival! Bobbing for apples, decorating pumpkins, face painting, and bean bag toss can all be fun elements of a great Fall festival. Reach out to local partners in the community to ask them to sponsor food or activities.
- ) Potluck
Encourage a multi-cultural celebration and have families bring in family-favorite foods. This can be a great way for families at your program to get to know each other and have children learn about other backgrounds.
- ) Open House
Put your classrooms on display! Many parents are in Head Start centers regularly, but use this opportunity to highlight special art projects and crafts the students are working on. Students can show their parents where they sit, introduce them to their teachers, and highlight their classroom jobs!
- ) Craft Night
Host a craft-night for families and friends. Create your very own Head Start Blocks or use another fall-themed craft that can engage both kids and parents. Showcase Head Start student’s previous craft projects in the classrooms for parents and community members to see.