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Save the Date for the 50th Anniversary Head Start Block Party!

August 11, 2015

50 Years of Serving Children and Families

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
(Early evening, local time)

About this Event

This year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) is celebrating 50 years of Head Start programs. As part of the festivities, OHS is coordinating a national party on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. It will take place in October as part of Head Start Awareness Month. Get out your Head Start "blocks" and join the festivities!

The Head Start Block Party will:

  • Celebrate Head Start’s 50 year history
  • Honor the contributions of local partners, staff, and families
  • Raise awareness of Head Start in every community

Local Program Event

We invite you to plan an event to bring your whole Head Start community together, and to join the national celebration. Use this opportunity to show off your Head Start blocks logo as a flag, button, or poster. Be creative!

If you have a regular fall event, such as a Cultural Festival or Open House, we hope you schedule it to align with this national celebration. This will be a great chance to honor the families, staff members, volunteers, community partners, and other key stakeholders that have prepared your Head Start children for success in school and in life. Consider inviting alumni and highlighting their success. Since October is Head Start Awareness Month, the event could support exposure of your program to new partners, eligible families, and the broader community.

National Celebration Broadcast

OHS will broadcast a short national message by Head Start leadership and special guests from the Fall Festival at the Campagna Center Head Start and Early Head Start program in Alexandria, VA. The national OHS Anniversary Celebration Broadcast will highlight Head Start milestones and our ongoing successes. Every program is invited to tune in during their celebration. Take this time to bring in the national context as you celebrate the unique success of your Head Start.

The live event will air at 5:30 p.m. ET. It will be re-broadcast at 5:30 p.m. local time in the Central, Pacific, and Hawaii time zones. It also will be archived in the Head Start 50thAnniversary section of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). We hope that you use the most convenient airing of the broadcast during your event.

More Information

Details on how to access the broadcast are coming soon. Watch for event ideas and other helpful tips from both OHS and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). We will soon post ideas on how to show off your "blocks" on the ECLKC. We’ll have pictures of the original Head Start flag and old buttons. Find downloadable templates of mini hand flags, posters, cake decals, and more. Watch for event ideas and other helpful tips from both OHS and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). In the meantime, access planning resources and historic videos in the Head Start 50th Anniversary section of the ECLKC: hslc/hs/50th-anniversary


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