It's a Community Effort

From the start, Head Start was envisioned as a community effort. Its success rests in both the leadership of parents and support from local businesses, municipalities, community members, and neighbors. From the summer of 1965 to the new programs we are rolling out in 2015, Head Start programs are rooted in their communities. They are given energy and vibrancy from their volunteers.

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Leading the Way in Community Partnerships

Partnerships at the federal, state, and local level are a vital piece of the Head Start program. Through partnerships, programs enhance existing services and supply needed resources to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.

Ann and Bob on Community Partnerships in Head Start

Ann Linehan and Bob Bialas talk about the importance of community partnerships in Head Start programs. They discuss elements of success, and how community partnerships provide layers of support to children and families. Ann Linehan is the deputy director of Head Start. Bob Bialas is the regional program manager for American Indian and Alaska Native programs.

Learn More about Ann Linehan

Ann Linehan, the deputy director of Head Start, tells the story of how she joined Head Start and shares the best part of her job.

Head Start Volunteers Make a Difference

Head Start Volunteers Make a Difference

This blog post highlights the contributions of parent and community volunteers. Explore the data on volunteers in Head Start since 1982.

Head Start Community Partnerships Spurs Community Action

Head Start Community Partnerships Spurs Community Action

Sarah Merrill delves into Head Start's legacy of empowering communities in this blog post.

Amanda Bryans

Leading the Way in Community Partnerships

In this blog post, Amanda Bryans discusses the vital role of community partnerships and volunteers in the success of Head Start.

Partnerships for Change: Listening to the Voices of Families

Watch this best practice video to see how one program works with families and local organizations to build community.

Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories

Share the story of your most successful Head Start partnership. Use the "Head Start Stories" tab to the left to submit it on this website. We will chose several compelling stories to share with the Head Start community.

Last Updated: March 22, 2017