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October 2018
Head Start Awareness Month


The entire month of October!


Spreading the mission of Head Start!


Find out more about our activities below!

October is Head Start Awareness Month

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. 

Learn more about Head Start in this short documentary


Spread awareness on 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 community leaders or members of Congress! 

Did you know...

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.

The four major components of Head Start are:

  • Education: Creating a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
  • Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
  • Parent Involvement: Engaging parents as equal partners with their child’s teacher. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
  • Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services would benefit them.

Head Start alumni

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.


Dollar per Child Fundraising Campaign
NHSA’s advocacy work ensures that every Head Start child, family, and program has their voice heard in Washington, D.C. and across the country.