Children and the War on Poverty

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

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.

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.

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


Making the Case for Early Education: Webinar

What happens when you ask 800 voters about their opinions on early learning? The second Raise Your Hand webinar reveals just that.

First Five Years Fund

I’m pleased to welcome Kris Perry, executive director of First Five Years Fund, and Catriona Macdonald, campaign manager for the Grow America Stronger campaign, to our second Raise Your Hand webinar, Early Learning Polling: Making the Case for Early Education today, Thursday, October 10.

Kris and Catriona, will be sharing the latest on their recent groundbreaking survey and what we must do to act on our country’s greatest imperative – to build a stronger nation starting with children, from birth.

Grow America Stronger

Join us today, Thursday Oct 10, 12:30 p.m., Eastern. Register here.

Did you miss the first webinar? View all webinars on our YouTube channel anytime.

Raise Your Hand for Child Care Webinar Series


Child Care Aware®of America is embarking on a five-month campaign to help shape the ongoing national conversation around various opportunities that enrich the state of child care and early education in this country.  The Raise Your Hand webinar series strives to raise awareness about federal and state early learning opportunities that support child care, connect participants with content experts, and inspire all who care about early learning to take action to better the lives of working families.

With all of the excitement surrounding early childhood policy building significantly over the last year, our goal is to make sure that you have access to experts across the early childhood community to discover what exactly is going on in Washington, DC and how you can be involved.  To do this, we’ve invited leaders from national early childhood organizations, such as the First Five Years Fund, National Head Start Association, National Women’s Law Center,  ZERO TO THREE and  many more, to help all of our communities understand what’s possible and what’s at stake for our nation’s littlest learners.

Each 45-minute presentation will inspire parents, professionals and members of the community to RAISE their hand in support of a strong start for children. Subject matter experts will present on topics including the:

  • Federal Budget
  • Early Learning Polling
  • Head Start/Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Shared services
  • Home Visiting
  • Universal Pre-K
  • And more

Join us today for the first webinar of our Raise Your Hand series, “Federal Budget 101: Budgets, Deficits, Sequestration and Shutdowns”, with Stephanie Monroe our policy and budget expert at Child Care Aware® of America. 

Learn more about the upcoming webinars in this series at Check back often for updates to the schedule.

I look forward to joining you throughout this series and together we will RAISE better opportunities for our nation’s children.

Lynette is the Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America.