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Head Start in the News: July 25-August 7

In case you missed the news last week, be sure to catch up with a few articles collected by NHSA.
 

1. Where Parents Train While Their Kids Learn

Via the National Journal  

"I first took him out of curiosity," said Gutierrez, 38, a native of Mexico City. "But now I not only know better how the school works, but it's helped me grow as a parent, and now I can go further and prepare myself for a better job."

 

2. Standards are Important

Via The Hill Blog

“Nothing renews my own commitment to this work like the sight of the Head Start community embracing the opportunity to be engaged in a dialogue about strategies for both raising quality and preserving access. While achieving this will take education and advocacy, the bipartisan support Head Start has always enjoyed, and a shared understanding that children must be our priority in both word and budget.”

 

3. 50 Years Later, Recalling a Founder of Head Start

Via Cornell University

“Testifying before Congress in 1964, Cornell developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner urged lawmakers to fight ‘poverty where it hits first and most damagingly – in early childhood.’

“Intrigued by his work, Lady Bird Johnson invited Bronfenbrenner to tea at the White House, where he shared his findings on early childhood programs he had observed abroad. In January 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Sargent Shriver empaneled 13 experts – including Bronfenbrenner – to develop a federally funded preschool program for the nation’s poorest children.”

 

4. Head Start Alumni: Honoring 50 Years in 50 States

Via First Five Years Fund

“The alumni— from educators to doctors, business leaders to musicians, elected officials to faith leaders—have shared the power and promise of Head Start in letters-to-the-editor and op-eds that have appeared in newspapers spanning 32 states. The public awareness campaign is on track to reach readers in diverse communities across all 50 states where Head Start is changing young lives.”