50 Years of Opportunity


50 Years of Opportunity

For fifty years Head Start has been the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services – they have become business women and men, professors, teachers, lawyers, mayors, Members of Congress, athletes, foundation Presidents, Grammy-winning musicians, poets, and parents.

September Activities

    • Fall Leadership Institute
        • History Event/Panel

      A spirited discussion about the genesis and genius of the planning and launching of Project Head Start. Representatives from the families of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Cooke, and Sargent Shriver are invited to participate. Other special guests will be announced on the NHSA website.

        • Head Start Virtual Museum Announced

      Learn about the new Head Start Virtual Museum and the efforts to collect and curate memorabilia and artifacts from the 50 years of Head Start. Find out how your program can include its historical materials.

September 28–October 3, Washington, D.C.
Theme: “50 Years of Innovation”

    • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Watch our Website for activities and efforts by NHSA, the White House, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

    • Red, White, Blue Day

We will designate one day in September a “Red, White, and Blue” Day when everyone in the Head Start community will wear the colors. Selfies and group photos will make it a social media celebration. Watch for celebrity participants!

October Activities

    • Anniversary Launch Event
      • When: October 1
      • Who: Members of the Administration, Members of Congress, special celebrity guests, and hundreds of Head Start staff, parents, children and friends!

The celebrations start in earnest at this festive event on the grounds of the capitol in Washington, D.C.

In partnership with Nike, NHSA will also launch GoSmart, an innovative Web App that puts the power of play to work in developing healthy lifestyles for children.

  • Head Start Awareness Month
      • Global Cardboard Challenge

    Join children in classrooms across the globe in easy, fun, and creative experiences designed to introduce Head Start children to STEM concepts. Our Website will provide full details.

      • Daily Alumni Blog Post

    Each day in October the NHSA blog will feature a Head Start alum.

      • Head Start Works Button Day

    On October 24 everyone will wear a Head Start Works button and post a photo on social media. Details for obtaining buttons will be available on our website. (http://www.nhsa.org/50_years_of_opportunity)

Window of Opportunity