• Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Marlo Lopez

    This story is about Andrea*, a young mother of two who was new to the United States and lived with an abusive partner. When she entered our program, she and her children were shy and withdrawn. Our staff at Walnut Grove Head Start enjoyed making families feel welcome and feel like one big family and gave Andrea and her family this same warm welcome.
    With time, she formed friendships with other parents in the program, and began to participate in parent activities.

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  • Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Darline Garibay

    My mother came to the United States with many hopes and dreams. She worked multiple entry-level jobs in order to give us a better life. Therefore, she stressed the importance of education from a young age. She was a single parent that spoke little English but that did not stop her from seeking out opportunities for my siblings and me.
    One such opportunity was our local Head Start program, located in Oxnard, CA, that helped me learn social and communication skills,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Federal Judges in New York and California Block Administration’s Public Charge Rule

    On October 11, 2019, a federal judge in New York issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, preventing the rule from taking effect on October 15.
    The public charge rule would make it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it looks like they might need public assistance. Titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” the rule sparked several legal challenges.
    Under the rule, U.S. immigration officials who decide whether an immigrant should be granted a green card would weigh whether the applicant will be self-sufficient.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    California’s Head Start team of 80 rallies, raises awareness at the nation’s Capitol

    What a great week in our nation’s Capital. In the first official week of autumn, California sent a record number of 80 people to NHSA’s Fall Leadership Institute. There was a buzz of energy with so many states gathered together. The opening keynote by Eric Motley, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, was inspiring. Workshop general session content was focused on key issues facing our Head Start world, including enrollment, workforce, trauma informed care and immigration.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    It’s National Head Start Awareness Month! How are you celebrating?

    In preparation for Head Start Awareness Month in October, we’ve been collecting stories so that we can share them across the state and across the country. What can you do locally to celebrate Head Start awareness month?
    Here are a few ideas:

      1. Invite a member of Congress to your program. Congress is on break and our California delegation is home. If you have not done so already,

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  • Head Start Stories
    Head Start Story: By Lisa Price

    In 1967, my mother enrolled me in Head Start at 3 years old. I loved the environment, the teachers, socialization and field trips! After that first year ended, I was more social, and began putting letters together to spell words. I started reading simple books at 4 years of age. My love for learning began in Head Start. Though I was born to a teen mother, she instilled the importance of learning and supported my school experiences at home.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Will You Vote? Update your roster and assign your voting member now

    As an association, staying connected is critical. We need to hear from our members so that we can truly act as one voice. One of the primary ways we stay connected is by ensuring that our database has the most current information regarding member agencies. That is especially true when we need for the membership to act in an official capacity.
    Later this fall, the membership of the association will be asked to vote on some important changes to the organization.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Why Head Start Stories Work

    We have 100,000 stories to share. The stories are compelling because they have three elements with universal appeal. First, they are about children. Children have a natural, wide-eyed wonder and curiosity about the world that is infectious. They remind us that what may have become common to us over the years is no less extraordinary. Rainbows, magnets — how is that not magic? —  waterfalls, and birds in flight, and a thousand other natural phenomena delight them.

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    Now is the time.

    Join Us in asking California’s senators to support FY20 Federal appropriations for Head Start
     
    The time is now. Advocacy is at the core of our mission. That advocacy most often consists of educating elected leaders by sharing stories and inviting them to our programs. But there are times when we need to make the ask, and that time is now. FY20 appropriations are being debated now. We need to contact legislators now.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    We all count.

    For most of us, beyond voting, we don’t get many opportunities to participate in matters of constitutional significance at the federal level. 2020 will be different. Next April, each of us has the opportunity to participate in something that has taken place in the United States every 10 years since 1790: the decennial census. Required by the constitution (Article I, Section 2) the U.S. Census serves two very important functions:

    • Representation: The census count is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives.

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