October is Head Start Awareness Month and it aims to spread awareness about a crucial program that benefits millions of families in the U.S. Head Start assists children belonging to low-income families by providing them with a framework meeting their social, emotional, psychological, nutritional, and health needs. Children are given a boost until the age of five, easing the pressure on their families.
History of Head Start Awareness Month
The Head Start program was announced in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a complete framework for providing the required health, educational, and nutritional needs of children from low-income families to pave better opportunities for them.
Since its inception, the program has served over 35 million children. It has given them access to learning tools, healthcare, and more, as well as supporting their families. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded initiatives that are crucial for preparing young children for a life of independence and success. Children who participate in the program are on par with regular students when they join the school.
While the program started in 1965, Head Start Awareness Month was initiated by President Ronald Reagan on October 22, 1982. His great words for the cause continue to inspire today:
“The National Head Start Program has helped over eight million low-income preschool children and their families. In so doing, it has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development.”
Head Start Awareness Month timeline
In his State of the Union speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson declares “War on Poverty.”
The Head Start program begins by providing health, nutrition, and education to children.
On October 22, President Ronald Reagan declares October as Head Start Awareness Month.
Obama visits the Community Children’s Center in Kansas; it is part of Head Start.
Head Start Awareness Month FAQs
How do Head Start programs work?
Head Start programs teach and nurture children in safe and healthy environments outdoors and indoors.
Who funds the Head Start program?
Head Start is a federally funded program that delivers comprehensive early learning, health, nutrition, and family support services to children ages three to five living in poverty.
What type of curriculum does Head Start use?
Head Start uses the HighScope Curriculum, designed upon active learning.
How to Observe Head Start Awareness Month
Spread the word
The best way to help the Head Start cause is by promoting it on social media and through word of mouth. Use the #HeadStartAwareness hashtag.
Donate to the program
Support the organization by heading over to their official website for information on how to give to this cause.
Learn more about the program
Stay up to date with the latest news about the organization and its alumni
5 Facts About Children Living In Poverty In The U.S.
The probability is high
One in seven kids is affected by poverty.
The gap widens
Children of color are more likely than white children to experience poverty.
Age is a determinant
Kids under five experience higher levels of poverty than other age groups.
Gender is also a factor
Children in unmarried, female-headed households are more likely to experience poverty.
Labor market discrimination is also a leading cause.
Why Head Start Awareness Month is Important
It can make or break a child’s future
Head Start can make a huge difference in the quality of life of children. The aid and assistance they receive equip them with the essentials needed for creating a good life.
Giving a ‘head start’
Head Start gives a boost to children and low-income families, or rather, a ‘head start’ in life.
It is a safe environment for kids
The Head Start program provides a safe zone for children, who may otherwise become victims of psychological trauma or resort to less suitable means of earning a living.
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