BETHESDA, Md., May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Head Start Association (NHSA) has invited Head Start programs across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Head Start by planting a rose bush in front of their Head Start centers, at a local park, or on the grounds of local city halls. The rose bushes are intended to commemorate President Lyndon B. Johnson's speech from the White House Rose Garden on May 18, 1965, in which he announced Project Head Start and committed to opening a window of opportunity for the nation's most at-risk children and their families.
Teaching Strategies, the Bethesda, Maryland based educational company, is pleased to be partnering with Head Start centers to celebrate the fifty years of opportunity that Head Start has provided to children and families. On Monday, May 18th, Teaching Strategies' staff will be visiting Head Start centers in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area to plant rose bushes and commemorate this historic day.
"Here at Teaching Strategies, our relationship with Head Start is one that we're especially committed to," said Mark Belles, President and COO of Teaching Strategies. "As they celebrate this important milestone, we are pleased to be able to show our support and respect for these much-needed programs that are doing the most important work there is—providing high-quality early childhood education for all children."
Teams of employees will be visiting Higher Horizons Head Start centers in Falls Church, VA; multiple Edward C. Mazique Parent Child centers in Washington, DC; Head Start of Washington County in Hagerstown MD; as well as sites in North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Oregon. "We appreciate Teaching Strategies' participation at our local celebrations of Head Start's 50 years of commitment to opportunity," said Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of NHSA. "We look forward to their continued support as we celebrate the past 50 years of success and look forward to another 50 years of ensuring that all our children, regardless of circumstance at birth, are given a chance at success."
Teaching Strategies' resources are used to improve outcomes for children in 31,000 Head Start classrooms across all 50 states and territories, serving over half a million children. "It's our honor to be participating in this special day, especially since our company traces its roots to Head Start and has a long history of partnering with Head Start programs across the country," said Kai-leé Berke, Chief Academic Officer of Teaching Strategies. "The opportunities that these centers are providing to young children and their families are laying the foundation for successful futures for all children, and we are grateful to have the chance to demonstrate our appreciation in this way."
About Teaching Strategies
Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade. With ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child's first 8 years form a critical foundation for school success, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for over 25 years. Teaching Strategies consistently expands their product offerings to include award-winning products like The Creative Curriculum for Preschool® and widely-adopted assessment solutions like Teaching Strategies GOLD®. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children's success in school and in life, visit www.teachingstrategies.com.
About the National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community. To learn more, visit www.nhsa.org.
SOURCE Teaching Strategies, LLC