First created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, Head Start Awareness Month is an opportunity to share at the local, state and national level the power of Head Start.
As President Reagan said in his proclamation, Head Start “has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development.” Continuing this awareness and bringing new awareness to Head Start’s mission is not only critical, but also fun. This October, join NHSA in building knowledge of and support for Head Start’s whole-child and whole-community approach to supporting families on their path to success.
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 community leaders or members of Congress!
Head Start was launched in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children living in poverty. Over the last 53 years, more than 33 million children have benefited from Head Start’s unique approach, which is built on the premise that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential. Today, Head Start serves more than one million children, families and pregnant women each year on their path to success.
The Head Start model is built on evidence-based practices and is constantly adapting—using the best available science and teaching techniques to meet the needs of local communities.
Head Start alumni are leaders in every field and profession. They have become successful and inspiring adults including members of Congress, entrepreneurs, artists, doctors, educators and more!
Learn more by watching the Head Start Advantage documentary featuring alumni such as Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Sylvia Acevedo, former rocket scientist and current CEO of Girl Scouts of America, and Cornell William Brooks, former President of the NAACP.
Here are example activities from previous years. Have other ideas or suggestions? Email NHSA's Olivia Goumbri at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For just one dollar for every child in Head Start, we can ensure that the voices of Head Start children and their families are heard by Members of Congress and the President.