October has arrived, marking the beginning of Head Start Awareness Month—a wonderful opportunity for us to shine a light on Head Start! With looming threats to cut Head Start funding by $750 million in FY 24, now is an urgent time to impress upon our lawmakers the profound significance of Head Start.

Last month, we put out a call for story submissions and received a total of 24 stories, each a testament to the remarkable impact of Head Start. We are deeply thankful for the willingness of all contributors to share their deeply personal, heartwarming, and inspiring anecdotes and experiences—be it attending, working at, or witnessing their children’s growth through Head Start. Discover Ciara’s inspiring Head Start journey here as she shares her experience enrolling her children in the program, receiving vital family assistance, and embarking on a career in early childhood education.

Throughout this entire month, we will be sharing more of these incredible stories with you. Please join us in this journey of awareness and advocacy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, X, formerly known as Twitter, and LinkedIn. Help us amplify our message by reposting these stories far and wide. Let’s ensure that legislators and our community gain a clear understanding of the profound impact that Head Start has on the lives it touches.

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