Office of Head Start Blog

Head Start and the Evolving Concept of Family Involvement

Amanda Bryans

By Sarah Merrill


Did you know that Head Start was the first child development program to include intentional involvement of parents and family engagement in all aspects of services? The program was designed to promote the growth and development of parents and their children. The Planning Committee for Head Start felt that children would benefit... Continue Reading »

The President's FY 2016 Budget for Head Start

Colleen Rathgeb

By Colleen Rathgeb


President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget is great news for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country. The budget requests $10.1 billion for Head Start, which is a $1.5 billion increase over the current year. The largest share of this $1.5 billion increase is a $1.1 billion investment to ensure that every Head Start program... Continue Reading »

Head Start Volunteers Make a Difference

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


I worked in a Head Start program from 1989-1999. I think it was the best and hardest work I ever did. Hard work can bond a team of teachers and volunteers in a way that is almost like family. In 1994, a Head Start teacher assistant, Ms. Lewis, died. When the news of her death reached our community, we were stunned with grief... Continue Reading »

Leading the Way in Community Partnerships

Amanda Bryans

By Amanda Bryans


From the very first, Head Start was envisioned as a community effort. We always knew its success rested in both the leadership of parents and support from local businesses, municipalities, community members, and neighbors. We could never do all that was needed alone. Head Start agencies assessed what was available at the... Continue Reading »

Leading the Way for 50 Years

Ann Linehan

By Ann Linehan


As we enter 2015, we are fortunate to reflect on the 50th year of Head Start services. In May of 1965, the first Head Start summer programs began. These programs provided the most vulnerable preschool children and their families with comprehensive services to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and... Continue Reading »

In Brief: 50 Years of Family Engagement in Head Start

Kiersten Beigel

By Kiersten Beigel


Head Start and Early Head Start have an amazing legacy of family engagement. As we celebrate Head Start's 50th anniversary in 2015, Kiersten Beigel, Program Specialist for the Office of Head Start, shared her thoughts with Harvard Family Research Project's Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) Newsletter... Continue Reading »

OHS Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow: User Experience Drives Improvements to Head Start Communications

Alana Buroff

By Alana Buroff


The Office of Head Start (OHS) is making big strides towards making our information available to anyone, in the locations they need it, and on the device they happen to be using. Based on information from you, our users, and trends in mobile usage, we have made big changes to the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) and our... Continue Reading »

New Infant-Toddler Training and Technical Assistance Projects

Woman with baby

By Linda Smith, Ann Linehan, and Shannon Rudisill


It seems we learn more and more every day about all that our youngest children can learn. Research shows [PDF, 93KB] that a tremendous amount of brain development happens in the very first months of life. By the time children are 3 years old, the structures of their brains that influence later learning are... Continue Reading »

Practicing Your Preparedness Plan

Marco Beltran

By Marco Beltran


An effective emergency preparedness plan helps your program to respond appropriately and quickly to circumstances that occur. It helps to reduce risks to everyone in the Head Start community. But, the only way that can happen is if staff, children, families, and community partners know the plan and their responsibility... Continue Reading »

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Last Reviewed: January 2015

Last Updated: March 31, 2015