awareness month

Every October, we celebrate Head Start’s historical roots, current impact, and lasting legacy.

Our collective efforts remind the world what Head Start does and, more importantly, what Head Start needs.

Head Start Awareness Month is an opportunity to draw attention to the work Head Start does. Every year, we focus on the challenges, the opportunities, and the high-quality services that make Head Start and Early Head Start a leader in early childhood education.

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Share why the parents and caregivers in your Head Start/Early Head Start program chose Head Start! Use our social media image template and post it on social media with the hashtag #ParentsChoose

Join the Celebration! 🎉

Each week of Head Start Awareness Month has a theme. Participate in each below and remember: the movement for equitable access to early childhood education and care is strongest when we amplify our voices and our impact!

Pride Week

Oct. 1 – 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 – 15

Reach out to your members of Congress, wish them a Happy #HeadStartAwareness Month, and encourage them to do everything they can to support the Head Start workforce. Send an email now!

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Alumni Week

Oct. 16 – 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.


Head Start Alumni Network

Head Start Alumni sustain Head Start’s legacy for children and families through national advocacy, local support, and meaningful connections. If you or your child attended Head Start, please join the alumni network.

Black Leaders Sustain the Head Start Legacy

NHSA celebrates leaders—from members of Congress to the director of the Office of Head Start—who represent Head Start’s legacy.

Alumni Spotlight: Greetings from NHSA’s Director of Alumni Engagement

Meet Malkia Payton-Jackson, Head Start alumna and the National Head Start Association first-ever director of Alumni Engagement.

Dollar per Child Week

Oct. 23 – 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.

Dollar per Child

Dollar per Child is NHSA’s annual fundraising campaign to support our advocacy efforts on behalf of Head Start.

Head Start Advocacy Update: Looking Back & Charging Forward

NHSA is keeping our eyes trained on the IFC and any opportunities to ensure higher levels of workforce compensation.


NHSA is proud to partner with Kaplan Early Learning Company on the Dollar per Child campaign.

Celebrate Through Stories

Partnering on Dental Care for Children

Oral health is an essential component of Head Start’s comprehensive care. Local partnerships ensure every child has access to dental care.


Women in Head Start’s History: Marian Wright Edelman and Susan Feingold

Marian Wright Edelman and Susan Feingold embodied Head Start’s mission from the beginning, creating programs rooted in equity and community.


President’s Day and the History of Head Start

Head Start has been transforming the lives of Americans through 11 presidential administrations. In honor of President’s Day, we reflect on our history.


Check out how NHSA celebrated Head Start Awareness Month in 2021.