Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October is Head Start Awareness Month

First created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, Head Start Awareness Month is an opportunity to share at the local, state and national levels the power of Head Start.
As a long-time supporter of the National Head Start Association (NHSA), we would like to pay tribute to the work and advocacy done to build knowledge of and support for the whole-child and whole-community approach in supporting children and families on their path to success.
Right now, there is a growing realization among business leaders and policy makers that investment in early childhood is key to the future success of our nation. There is also a greater understanding of the importance in the development of character of the first five years of life and a greater appreciation of the long-term benefits to society from investing in high quality programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start. We have always seen the value of the work they do, but it’s exciting to see others take notice!
ATI has always been a champion of the work NHSA does. We have been honored to work with so many leaders in child education and in doing so we were able to collaborate and develop the Galileo Pre-K Portrait of Child Outcomes. This is a broad array of Head Start programs representing several states that have joined together for several years to create and share important stories about themselves and about children's accomplishments. The Portrait of Child Outcomes has been used by NHSA in making presentations nationwide documenting the contributions of Head Start to early childhood learning. We are privileged to have the opportunity to bring their story to you, click here.
Throughout October, join us in celebrating and advocating for childhood education and development. Learn more about NHSA and how you too can support their efforts.