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Leaders in School Readiness

Bring a School Principal to Your Program!

When you partner with receiving schools, the "head start" you've given children can last a lifetime.

October is National Head Start Awareness Month and National Principals Month. It's the perfect time to meet principals from the schools our 4-year-olds will attend next year. It's also the perfect time to join our #LeadersinSchoolReadiness social media campaign. The campaign starts Monday, Oct. 1, and continues throughout the year!

About the Campaign

  • Bring a principal to your program. The principal could join story time, meet a parent group, or 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 that parents can stay involved.
  • Celebrate your partnership by sharing a photo or synopsis of your visit using the hashtag #LeadersinSchoolReadiness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

#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).

Thanks for all you do. We'll see you on social media!

Campaign Materials to Get Started

These materials from OHS will help your program prepare to meet with other school readiness leaders in your community.

Informational Flyer You Can Share

Give this flyer to Head Start program leaders, staff, and stakeholders to spread the message about the campaign. Principals are receiving their own version of this flyer from our partners at ED and NAESP.

Sample Invitation to Introduce Yourself to a New Principal

Use this invitation as is or adapt it for a principal you already know. Our partners are asking principals to look out for your invitation!

Head Start Prepares Children for Your Classroom

Use this infographic to introduce Head Start's school readiness benefits to principals of receiving schools. Fill in the "program name HEAD START" section with your contact information to personalize it. Then, share the infographic or attach it to your program's annual report.

Social Media Essentials for Getting Head Start Programs Connected

Use social media 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: October 16, 2018