Planning a Social Media Event

Follow the steps below when participating in or planning a social media event using Office of Head Start (OHS) channels.

Best Practices for Mobile

Review the information below to ensure your webpage can be easily viewed on smaller screens, like tablets and smartphones, for users on-the-go.

Learning Modules

Follow the requirements and guidelines below when developing a learning module for the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). Find out what you need to know and do before, during, and after the initial submission to the Head Start Information and Communications Center (HSICC).

Head Start Program Facts: Fiscal Year 2017

Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. Since its inception, Head Start has served more than 35 million children, birth to age 5, and their families. In 2017, Head Start was funded to serve nearly 1 million children and pregnant women in centers, family homes, and in family child care homes in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the nation.

Use of PDF Documents

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware, or operating system. Designed for portability, PDFs are easier to carry away from the website and can be very useful for handouts of training materials.

Social Media

Social media is a powerful outreach tool for the Office of Head Start (OHS). National Centers are welcome to suggest posts that can be shared across OHS social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook. Use this guide to develop effective posts and ensure a smooth approval process. Remember, the growth of our community reflects the richness of your content.


Currently, OHS has official social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Twitter can be a great way to engage with our audience, build excitement, and get feedback. Facebook and Google+ posts also can be a great way to engage with our audience, but are much more visual mediums than Twitter. Campaigns are chosen and promoted at the discretion of OHS.

Crafting a Message

Learn how to create messages to promote linked content through social media. A simple introduction, a key quote or statistic, or a quick tip may be enticing to our audience. Don't be afraid to get creative, but follow these guidelines to ensure our messages stay consistent and credible.