When Head Start was launched in 1965, at its core was the idea that families and communities were integral to any effort to support children’s successful learning and development. Fifty years after that first summer of parents and churches and community organizations opening classrooms for poor children and providing them with learning experiences, medical and dental care, and nutritious meals, Head Start has grown to serve more than a million children annually, always believing in parents as their children’s first teachers and a program’s most important partners.