Head Start History
- In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty.
- The summers of 1965 and 1966 saw the launch of an eight-week Project Head Start for preschoolers.
- Head Start has grown from an eight-week demonstration project to a full day, year-round program for infants through 5 year olds.
- Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local communities.
- Head Start has served more than 30 million children since 1965.
- Nearly 10,000 children have been helped in Alexandria.
Head Start Program
Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Early Head Start serves children ages zero to three and expectant mothers. Offering a wide range of services that build social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills in infants and toddlers, the program aims to intervene at the earliest age. Children and families receive ongoing health and nutrition services, including medical and dental exams. Parents benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.
Alexandria Head Start (AHS) promotes kindergarten readiness for children from three to five years of age. Classes develop children’s early reading and mathematics skills, as well as their emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Children and families receive health and nutrition services and referrals. As with Early Head Start, parents benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.
Last year alone, The Campagna Center helped more than 300 children improve their skills in early reading and language development, thinking skills, social and emotional growth, and physical health and wellness.