Office of Head Start Blog

To Teachers, with Gratitude: Teacher Appreciation Week 2014

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


At the end of a speech several years ago, a woman raised her hand. When I acknowledged her, she stood and asked, "Do you know what Head Start did for my child?" "I don't know," I said. "Tell me." "They loved her!" she answered enthusiastically. "She knew she was special; and every day when she went to that school, she knew she was loved.” Read More...

Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships: Why Do We Need Them?

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


The youngest children in America are also the poorest. Twenty-five percent of infants and toddlers nationwide live in families below the official poverty line.  One in eight babies live with families in deep poverty, with household incomes at half or less of the poverty line. As many as one in four children are at risk for a social delay or developmental disability, but only Read More...


By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


Today is my last day serving as Director of the Office of Head Start. I know that the work of Head Start staff is not always easy, but I would remind you that the work you do every day changes the life of a child and their family. Together, over the last four years, we have enhanced the quality of Head Start to ensure that every child that walks through the door gets the quality Read More...

Family Engagement and Hispanic Heritage Month

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States. We see this in our Head Start programs across the country where the number of Hispanic families with enrolled children has nearly doubled over the last three decades. Read More...

Keeping Kids Safe

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


Transportation is one of the most vital services Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide. The highest need families are typically the least likely to have access to transportation.They rarely own a vehicle and may have no access to public transportation, either because of location or lack of fare. Sometimes, even when public transportation is available and Read More...

Look Before You Lock

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


During last year's Look Before You Lock campaign, we heard the heart-wrenching story of Reginald McKinnon, a father who took his then 18-month-old daughter to a doctor's visit and then returned to complete his work day, leaving his child in the car. Read More...

Partnering with LGBT Families in Early Head Start and Head Start

By Angie Godfrey


Last month, the Early Head Start National Resource Center hosted a conversation with key stakeholders to explore how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families are being served by Early Head Start programs. Read More...

Father Figures Making a Difference

Fatherhood Specialist for the Office of Head Start David Jones

By David Jones


Gone are the days when fathers were stuck in prescribed gender roles and only interacted with their children for disciplinary or financial matters. Today, fathers contribute to their children's overall development and well-being in many ways. They shop and play with children. They shuffle children to sports practices and doctor's appointments. Read More...

Honoring Our Leaders

OHS Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


The Office of Head Start (OHS) is proud of its history as a national leader in providing comprehensive services for low-income children and families. During the OHS 1st National Birth to Five Leadership Institute, we honored this history by recognizing our founders: Sargent Shriver, Edward Zigler, and T. Berry Brazelton. We are carrying on this tradition with Read More...

Using CLASS™ to Improve Head Start Quality

OHS Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


The Office of Head Start (OHS) is committed to ensuring program excellence for the families and children we serve. This week we informed 122 agencies providing Head Start services that they would need to compete with other programs in their community for continued funding from the Office of Head Start. These programs met one or more of the Read More...

Talking about School Readiness

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


School readiness is a key part of Head Start, and has been since its beginning in 1965. We talk about school readiness as it relates to getting children ready for school, parents ready to support children in school, and schools ready for the children they receive. In Head Start, school readiness goals include the key areas of children's health and physical development Read More...

Building Strong Relationships with Positive Observations

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


One of the most important things we can do to engage parents in Head Start is observe and report to them positive things about their children. Parenting young children is very hard work even in the best circumstances. When there are inadequate resources, the work is even harder. Getting food on the table, arranging transportation to and from work Read More...

Reform Continues: Head Start Grant Applicants Under Review

OHS Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes


The children who attend Head Start deserve the best we can give them. A high-quality early education can be what provides a child from a low-income family a genuinely equal opportunity to succeed. That idea has guided Head Start since it began in 1965, and it laid the groundwork for the historic reforms currently underway. Read More...

Last Reviewed: March 2013

Last Updated: June 3, 2014