What is the reading challenge?

NHSA challenges our community to read a story to Head Start children.

Why participate?

It’s fun, and it brings awareness to learning loss and promotes literacy at home.

Key Dates

All summer long!

The Head Start Read Aloud Challenge is an NHSA national initiative to read more. This is a challenge to adults who care about children to record yourself reading a story and then post it to social media. Through this initiative, we are promoting literacy and raising awareness of the learning loss that occurs when school is out for extended times.

How to Participate 

  1.  Select a children’s book.* Head Start encourages books that are age, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and responsive.
  2.  Record yourself reading the children’s book. Watch the NHSA staff video for inspiration. You can record an individual video or you can do like NHSA and record your team.
  3.  Post your video to social media. Once you have completed your video, post it online to social media using the hashtag #HeadStartReads and tag @NatlHeadStart. You can also email your videos to NHSA at marketing@nhsa.org.
  4. Challenge someone! Nominate friends and family to participate in the challenge and read a story for a Head Start child.  

* Many publishers have temporarily revised copyright policies to allow online read alouds. Before picking a book, we encourage you to review and follow the publishers’ guidelines. Please note that many policies have expiration dates and will inform how you are allowed to share the video on social media.


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