Who is better able to persuade elected officials than Head Start families?

You are Head Start’s greatest advocate. And when you use your voice to share about the value of Head Start, Congress listens. The purpose of the Families Unite Campaign is to engage Head Start families in building lasting relationships with their members of Congress. By joining the campaign, you are building a strong future for Head Start.

The Families Unite campaign supports families and leaders from all over the country as they engage with their congressional offices and champion issues that grow the positive impact of Head Start and the Head Start community. To make sure you’re up to date, and to meet and talk with other families and advocates from across the country, join the Families Unite Facebook group.

Why Should You Join the Families Unite Campaign?

Your actions will help to ensure children and families across the United State have access to Head Start services for generations to come.

  1. Everyone has a powerful voice. With critical funding decisions being made in the early Fall, we are inviting members of the Head Start community to engage and make sure their voices are heard. Every Head Start family has a unique story to tell and sharing it strengthens the voice of Head Start!
  2. NHSA educates and empowers advocates. NHSA’s Government Affairs team will make sure that you have all the resources necessary to schedule visits with your members of Congress. These meetings are critical to Head Start maintaining a strong relationship with Congress and making sure that Head Start’s impact is understood. Together, we will make sure that every visit strengthens the dialogue about Head Start and leads to results!
  3. We need your help! Joining the rest of the Head Start community, and advocating with your members of Congress, is the best way to demonstrate to those who decide Head Start’s funding that Head Start matters. Families’ stories are the best advocacy tool to build on Head Start’s long and strong history of success!

Questions? Contact NHSA’s Amirh Moore: amoore@nhsa.org

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IMPORTANT DATES

In January, Head Start will be in D.C. for the Winter Leadership Institute.

In February, share your Head Start story.

In March, write to your members of Congress to remind them of the work Head Start.

In April, engage with your local community about Head Start's impact.

In May, celebrate Head Start's birthday with NHSA!

In June, battle the summer slide with a reading challenge.

In July, alumni are the proof points of Head Start's impact. Learn more about our alumni network!

In August, Congress is out of session and members are back home. Invite them to visit your center.

In September, Head Start will be in D.C. for the Fall Leadership Institute.

In October, celebrate Head Start Awareness Month by writing a letter to the editor.

In November, express your appreciation to your elected officials on social media for their support for Head Start.

In December, download these Families Unite handouts to share at your program.