About the Issue

Established in 1965, the federal Head Start program was designed to help children from families with low incomes by providing a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. Since then, the program has served more than 35 million children, birth to age 5, and their families.

By teaching these children important lifelong skills and healthy habits at an early age, Head Start and Early Head Start programs help set students on the right path. Research shows that participants are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and live healthier lives.

In order to ensure that these vital programs benefit the children and families most in need, we must expand program access, secure increased funding and provide additional infrastructure support.

This toolkit provides the resources you need to start your own campaign to advocate for greater Head Start and Early Head Start state funding and program expansion. From key messages to social media examples, we’re here to help you make a difference for kids in your own community!