Head Start Healthy Start is a campaign to increase the number of children and families served by Head Start and Early Head Start by securing additional funding from the state legislature. The Head Start Healthy Start campaign includes educating legislators about the benefits of Head Start and Early Head Start at the Statehouse and in local communities. It also includes development of legislation and lobbying. With generous support provided by the American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids campaign, the Head Start Healthy Start campaign works with local program staff and participants to build strong support from legislators across Idaho.

Head Start Healthy Start is hard at work!

  • Head Start Keeps Families Together guest opinion by Bill Foxcroft and Evelyn Johnson.

  • Teamed up with WICAP Head Start and Migrant Seasonal Head Start to host a Preventing

  • Foster Care: The Early Years Matter presentation for legislators and others on July 23. Watch the video on the IHSA Facebook page.

  • Fifty Head Start and Early Head Start staff, parents and alumni met with thirty-six legislators during the Annual Conference on February 6.

  • Sixteen legislators attended the IHSA Awards Luncheon on February 6.

  • Four staff members from WICAP's Payette Head Start participated in Home Visiting Awareness Day at the Statehouse on February 19 and met with ten legislators.

Staff, parents and community supporters are continuing to work hard to meet with legislators in their home communities and build their advocacy skills in preparation for 2020.

We need parents, alumni, teachers, staff, Board members, social workers and community supporters to send letters to their state legislators.