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Leaders in School Readiness

Head Start Programs and Elementary Schools Collaborate!

Across the country, up to 400,000 Head Start children enter kindergarten each year. Their transitions are easier when programs and elementary schools work together on school readiness.

The Leaders in School Readiness (LSR) Campaign celebrates how Head Start directors and school principals collaborate for children's success. Smooth transitions help children keep their "head start" in learning. Those gains are precious. Compared to their peers, Head Start graduates are more likely to finish high school, go to college, be employed, and enjoy good health.

Find ideas and resources below for connecting with principals. See what other Head Start programs are posting on the #LeadersinSchoolReadiness Twitter feed.

#LeadersinSchoolReadiness was created by the Office of Head Start (OHS), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). Our next national "Bring a Principal to Head Start" celebration will be held in October 2019.

Three Easy Ideas

  • Bring a principal to your program. The principal could join story time, meet a parent group, and strategize with you about school readiness goals.
  • Visit the receiving school and learn how they extend a child's "head start." There's so much to share, from early learning goals and curricula to ways parents can stay involved.
  • Celebrate your partnership by sharing highlights from your visit using the hashtag #LeadersinSchoolReadiness on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

We'll see you on social media!

Resources for Reaching Out

Introduce Yourself to a Principal
Use this invitation to invite a principal to visit your program, or adapt it for a principal you already know.

Head Start Prepares Children for Your Classroom
Use this infographic to introduce Head Start's school readiness benefits to principals of receiving schools. In the last section, add information about your program's services and successes, or attach your program's annual report.

Social Media Essentials for Getting Head Start Programs Connected
Social media can be used to promote your Head Start services, enroll families, and recruit staff. Learn how to develop a social media plan, best practices, and ways to tailor platforms to showcase your program.

Last Updated: January 14, 2019