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Each month, NHSA Touchpoint shares insights into our latest work to support your programs, our community’s accomplishments and special events, a love note or two, and up-to-date info on Head Start’s highest priorities. This month, we are covering the Child Tax Credit. (Last month, we talked about heading back to school!)

This Month’s Theme: Enrollment with the Child Tax Credit

NHSA is encouraging all programs to broaden your enrollment beyond enrolling a child and a family into your program and including enrollment with the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Right now, 4 million children in low-income families are at risk of not getting the CTC. And guess how many Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families qualify? All of them.

As you welcome families back to the classroom, use NHSA’s tools to help promote the Child Tax Credit and bring some relief to the families and children we serve.

Love Note

On August 27, the Office of Head Start Deputy Director Ann Linehan retired. Thank you, Ann, for all of your years of dedicated service to Head Start and Early Head Start. We know at Head Start you never really leave. So it isn’t really goodbye — just until we meet again.

In Case You Didn’t Know

Have you checked out Parent Gauge yet? It is a family engagement assessment tool designed specifically for Head Start and Early Head Start. It is such a great way to connect with families, collect the data you need, and then be able to use those data to really support your community, including enrollment into the CTC.

NHSA is bringing a new parent book discussion program to our parents. We will read, When You Wonder You’re Learning, meet and network with other parents, and enjoy a conversation with the authors at this year’s Parent Conference. Join us!

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Deborah Bergeron

Dr. B is the NHSA's deputy director of Community Engagement and Innovation. She supports high-quality programming and is a constant reminder to the folks on the ground that they are the backbone of Head Start and Early Head Start.