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Happy Birthday Head Start!

As you probably know, 54 years ago on May 18, 1965, Head Start was created by the stroke of President Johnson’s pen. Since that ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden, we have been celebrating Head Start’s impact on the lives of millions of children and families across the country. 

On May 18th, 1994—25 years ago—President Clinton signed into law historic legislation that expanded the Head Start model to pregnant women, infants and toddlers. As a result of the creation of Early Head Start, millions of children and their families have been more prepared for success in school and in life. 

The creation of Early Head Start is a prime example of Head Start embracing continuous improvement to better support the changing needs of our nation’s most at-risk children and families. When research arises or new needs are identified, Head Start is the first to jump in and offer a hand. We owe it to our families, our communities, and to our nation.  

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Head Start’s birthday: 

1. Throw a birthday party!

What’s a better way to celebrate 54 years Head Start than to throw a party? Use NHSA’s birthday party toolkit to create decorations and bring the festivities into the classroom. 

2. Contribute to Dollar Per Child

Contribute $25 in honor of the 25th anniversary of Early Head Start—and then find three friends to do the same! Every day, in different ways, the Dollar per Child campaign enables NHSA to achieve Head Start’s policy goals. From making Head Start part of the response to the opioid epidemic,to lobbying Congress for more funding, to influencing opinion through the media, the Dollar per Child campaign allows NHSA to be most effective on behalf of Head Start’s children and families.

3. Encourage friends to support Head Start advocacy

In honor of Head Start’s Birthday, engage your community in amplifying the voice of Head Start children, families, and programs by supporting NHSA’s Dollar Per Child campaign. You can use this social media toolkit with sample posts that you can share on your personal accounts to encourage contributions.

4. Invite your members of Congress to visit your local program

There is no better way to show elected officials all the great work happening in your program than to invite them in for a visit. Especially during this time of year when federal funding decisions are being made, it’s critical to remind decision makers how important Head Start is in their communities.

​Check out NHSA’s program visit how-to guide to get started today.

5. Engage with the Head Start community online

Participate in our #HappyBirthdayHeadStart campaign on social media. You can use these suggested posts or share how you are celebrating with the rest of the Head Start community on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Tag @NatlHeadStart or use #HappyBirthdayHeadStart for a chance to be featured on NHSA’s social media accounts.

Let the Celebrations Begin!

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