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October 2017
Head Start Awareness Month


The entire month of October!


Spreading the mission of Head Start!


Find out more about our activities below!

October was first proclaimed Head Start Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan on October 22, 1982. Ever since, October has been a month for our community to celebrate the life changing impact of Head Start.

How can you participate?


Join our Books Building Bridges Initiative

In honor of Head Start Awareness Month this October, NHSA is promoting a national initiative between Head Start programs and local police departments. The idea is simple: celebrate Head Start children and families by using books to build bridges of collaboration, understanding and support.  Largely based on the success of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s program, we were inspired to bring their best practices and ideas to the larger Head Start community.

Everything you need to participate is here, so you can get started today! 


Help us Celebrate New Partnerships

  • Sesame Street: NHSA and Sesame Street are teaming up to present “Office Hours” to the Head Start community. These quarterly webinars, designed for both parents and practitioners, will provide a unique, instructive and thematic look at Sesame Street in The Community. Make sure to tune in for the premiere, focused on creating a Circle of Care on October 25th, and register here!
  • Girl Scouts: Announced at our Parents as Leaders training, Girl Scouts and NHSA are joining forces to continue to strengthen Head Start ties to their local community, even after children transition into kindergarten. We’ve launched a pilot program that connects Head Start parents and their daughters to their local Girl Scout troops - providing parents with an exciting opportunity to stay involved in their child’s education beyond Head Start! 
  • Reading is Fundamental: To help support reading initiatives in both Head Start classrooms and homes, Reading is Fundamental will begin curating a book list with free activities to encourage deeper interactions as children and adults read together. The list will change each month to center around various themes, so be sure to check back each month! 
  • Prevent Blindness: In honor of World Sight Day on October 12th, Prevent Blindness and NHSA have partnered with VSP which has generously donated more than $600 in vision screening tools and training to 25 Head Start programs across the country! 

Launch your Dollar per Child Fundraising Campaign

In honor of Head Start Awareness Month, we’re launching our 2017-2018 Dollar Per Child campaign. What better way to celebrate than by ensuring that we can raise awareness through advocacy for the year to come? With only a dollar per child, you’ll help ensure that the 1 million Head Start children and families enrolled in Head Start today have a voice in the halls of Congress, in your state capitals and in the media! 

Every Monday in October, we’re hosting Money, Money, Mondays! This is a time to contribute and spread awareness about Head Start by sharing the Dollar per Child Campaign and our impact.
We also have a special donor who has pledged to initiate a matching campaign sometime during the month of October. We can’t wait to reveal who our special friend is...stay tuned!

Social Media

Posting photos, infographics, and inspirational quotes are a great way to spread awareness. We are also encouraging Head Start supporters throughout the country to post on your social media accounts using the hashtag #HeadStartAwareness and tag your members of Congress!