On October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. Thirty years after the proclamation his words still inspire: "The National Head Start Program has helped over eight million low-income pre-school children and their families. In so doing, it has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development. Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a "head start" in life."
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
October is Nation Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and it's a good time for schools (including personnel and students), communities, districts, and the states to take a stock of current efforts to redice and prevent bullying. Do current school climates make students feel safe, allowing them to thrive academically and socially? Are youth comforable speaking up if they are being bullied? Are members of the community engaged and are the media aware of the best pratices when it comes to reporting bullying stories? In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bulling nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) are proud to release a variety of resources aimed at informing youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more maybe found at Stopbullying.gov.
Investing in children today for a better tomorrow.
Partnering with families and communities to reach our full potential.
You cannot make a positive difference in the lives of children without partnering with the whole family and the communities in which they live. We support parents as the primary educators of their children and encourage their involvement at all levels of Head Start through volunteering in the classroom, participating on committees and advisory groups, and aiding in policy making through the Policy Council.
We promote developmentally appropriate practices, family literacy, ensure safety in a stimulating environment, protect children's health and nutrition through sound practices and linking up with health providers, and teach all eight domains of early learning to ensure success in school.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement for Child Care Food Program
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