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Celebrating Head Start

02/15/11

Forty-six years ago in the Rose Garden of the White House, President Johnson signed the bill authorizing Project Head Star – a program dedicated to fighting the War on Poverty by preparing young children to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Since 1965, Head Start has provided comprehensive services to over 25 million children, ages birth to five, and their families. It has been a key component of building strong communities across the country.

To honor the ongoing success of Head Start, the HSRC created materials to be used by all members of the Head Start community, including program managers, classroom teachers, family service staff, and parents.

The bookmark promotes literacy to children, featuring a photo of a family or a teacher and a child reading on one side and space for the child to write their name on the other. The bookmarks portray families of different cultural and linguistic groups, including African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. It is intended that every Head Start child will have a bookmark. The bookmarks have been passed out at several national Head Start meetings, and they have been very well-received.

The  DVD, Head Start: Leading the Way for Children, Families, and Communities, highlights the great diversity of Head Start and intertwines Head Start history with success stories from parents and Head Start graduates from across the country. This 15 minute DVD can be shared throughout the early childhood community and can be viewed on the Head Start Website,