October is Head Start Awareness Month

September 5, 2023 / 5 mins read

The Head Start program was announced in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a complete framework for providing the required health, educational, and nutritional needs of children from low-income families to pave better opportunities for them.

Since its inception, the program has served over 35 million children. It has given them access to learning tools, healthcare, and more, as well as supporting their families. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded initiatives that are crucial for preparing young children for a life of independence and success. Children who participate in the program are on par with regular students when they join the school.

While the program started in 1965, Head Start Awareness Month was initiated by President Ronald Reagan on October 22, 1982. His great words for the cause continue to inspire today:
“The National Head Start Program has helped over eight million low-income preschool children and their families. In so doing, it has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development.”

Head Start Awareness Month timeline

1964 - War on Poverty

In his State of the Union speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson declares “War on Poverty.”

1965 - Its Creation

The Head Start program begins by providing health, nutrition, and education to children.

1982 - The Month’s Proclamation

On October 22, President Ronald Reagan declares October as Head Start Awareness Month.

2015 - President Obama Visits

Obama visits the Community Children’s Center in Kansas; it is part of Head Start.

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