Children and the War on Poverty

Lady Bird Johnson reads to children in a Project Head Start classroom, March 19, 1966. (National Archives) http://cb100.acf.hhs.gov/childrens-bureau-timeline

Lady Bird Johnson reads to children in a Project Head Start classroom, March 19, 1966. (National Archives)

This month marks the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty.” In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched several initiatives to help lift the 1 in 5 Americans who were living in poverty at the time.

“Our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it”
Lyndon B. Johnson 1964 State of the Union Address


One of those initiatives was Head Start.  Now, the program serves more than 1 million children.

“Head Start was designed to help break the cycle of poverty, providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. ”  Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/about/history-of-head-start

In 2014, we still have work to do. Today, Child Care Aware®  of America will join the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the Urban Institute and to discuss developments in policy and child care. Register here to participate.

Resources:
Audio Conference: Streamlining child care subsidies: Better for families and state agencies
White House.gov blog on War on Poverty anniversary
Continuum of education – Office of Child Care
Child Care Aware® of America 2014 Symposium