Head Start Awareness Month

Every October, we celebrate Head Start’s historical roots, current impact, and lasting legacy by bringing awareness to Head Start and Early Head Start’s work nationwide. Our collective efforts remind the world what Head Start does and, more importantly, what Head Start needs.

The Head Start workforce is doing the hardest, most important job: educating our youngest learners and preparing them for successful lives. Head Start Awareness Month as an opportunity to draw attention to the work Head Start does, the challenges, the opportunities, and the high-quality, wraparound services that make Head Start and Early Head Start a leader in early childhood education.

Head Start Awarenes Month Activities

  • Share your story with us. The movement for equitable access to early childhood education and care is strongest when we amplify the voices of people within the Head Start community!
  • Invite your members of Congress to visit your program. Help them see Head Start's extraordinary work for themselves.
  • Spread the word. Join the conversation on social media.

Communities Nationwide Celebrate Head Start Awareness Month

Head Start Awareness Month 2021 was an action-packed few weeks of celebrating, advocating, and sharing resources in the Head Start community. Special thanks to our Congressional champions for their work to lift up Head Start!

2022 Head Start Awareness Month Activities

Pride Week: Oct. 1 to 8
Show your Head Start Pride by wearing Head Start colors—red, white, and blue—and sharing your pictures with us on Twitter and Facebook with the tag #HeadStartAwareness.

Take Action Week: Oct. 9 to 15
Visit the NHSA Action Center to reach out to your members of Congress, wish them a Happy #HeadStartAwareness Month and to subscribe to NHSA's Action Alerts.

Alumni Week: Oct. 16 to 22
Over the last six decades, 37 million children have been served by Head Start. Their stories, testimony, and experiences are 37 million living proof points of Head Start’s impact. Explore their stories and join the alumni network.

Dollar Per Child Week: Oct. 23 to 31
Ensure the voices of the Head Start community are heard throughout Congress, in the White House, and at every level of government by donating to the Dollar per Child campaign.

2021 Highlights

Let’s take a look at all we accomplished together last October.

Stories, Stories, and More Stories

Throughout the month, NHSA highlighted Head Start’s comprehensive model and lasting impact with stories from across the country—from Early Head Start’s whole-family support in Oklahoma to alumni giving back in Michigan to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in New Jersey.

Do you have a Head Start story to tell? Share with us. Our storytelling continues all year long.

Head Start Awareness Month takes Washington

Members of Congress and leaders in the Administration got in on the fun and shared their appreciation for Head Start. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Office of Head Start Director Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Governor Tom Wolf, and Congresswoman Susan Wild even got to see Head Start magic in action at The Learning Hub, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

You can show off your program’s work beyond October. Invite your members of Congress for a visit.

Head Start Awareness Month in the News

Head Start Awareness Month made headlines in communities across the nation. Read more from Kristina Bedikian in Las Vegas, Nevada, Maggie Evans in Schenectady, New York, Maria McNair in Jacksonville, Florida, and Anat Weisenfreund in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In the Northern Mariana Islands, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan took the opportunity to thank Head Start educators and advocate for expansion in the Build Back Better Act.

Keep Up the Momentum

With all of the new resources, inspiring stories, and local celebrations this month, we have a renewed understanding of why Head Start’s work is so important. And there’s more to do to keep the ball rolling.

Contribute to Dollar per Child so that NHSA can continue the push for Head Start’s advocacy goals. By raising one dollar for each of the one million children enrolled in Head Start across the nation, we can build a unified Head Start voice and lift up the experiences of children, families, and communities.

You can also continue your engagement by becoming an NHSA member. As a member, you’ll have access to additional resources and discounts on NHSA conferences and events, and you’ll be a part of Head Start’s strong, united voice. You don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to learn and grow with the Head Start community.