2024 Head Start Birthday Celebration

The entire Head Start community celebrated Head Start’s 59th birthday, with children, teachers, parents, national leaders, alums, advocates, zoo babies, and partners all joining the fun!

In Classrooms

Hundreds of Head Start and Early Head Start programs shared their birthday celebrations which included music, art, and learning.

In Washington, D.C.

Senators and Representatives got in on the fun and shared more than 70 birthday wishes for Head Start on social media and the Congressional Record.

With the Smithsonian Institution

Thousands of students around the country attended an exciting, virtual “ Zoo in the Classroom” birthday field trip, co-hosted by NHSA and our education partners at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

There were goats, pigs, lots of singing and dancing, lessons about bodies and the five senses, and plenty of curious questions (and answers)! A huge thank you to the Smithsonian, Nick the Music Man, Pinky Jackalope and of course, all of our Head Start children, teachers, and families for joining in on the fun and making Head Start’s birthday one to remember! 

In case you missed it, don’t worry—you can watch the live recording here: 

NHSA and The Zoo in The Classroom: Head Start’s Birthday Party with Farm Animals

Head Start’s birthday party with farm animals focused on learning about our bodies & the five senses while dancing, singing and celebrating.

In the News:

The Head Start birthday celebrations made headlines as programs and communities celebrated! 

Happy Birthday Head Start! 


Fresno County program that improves lives turns 59


Happy Birthday Head Start!

Seattle Medium

Happy Birthday Head Start

Joliet Times Weekly

Happy Birthday Head Start

New Pittsburg Courier

Saluting Head Start Alumni:

Several Head Start Alumni shared their stories with us as well as some birthday wishes!