WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA — Navajo Head Start is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and will be celebrating during a banquet for its employees scheduled on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, during their School Readiness Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The banquet will be attended by Navajo Head (NHS) Start employees, former directors, elected tribal leaders and elected state leaders.
The program was established in 1965 and has benefited the Navajo People with early childhood educational services since. In 1965, NHS opened its doors after being created as part of a much-larger project launched by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Then-U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced “Project Head Start” in 1964 as an effort to fight poverty in the United States.
Keynote speaker will be Peter MacDonald Sr., former director of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO) and former chairman of the Navajo Nation. MacDonald is considered the founder of Navajo Head Start.
Navajo Head Start’s 50th Anniversary Banquet for employees
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Crown Plaza Hotel Ball Room, Albuquerque, New Mexico