Go Smart - Launched by NHSA for Head Start Anniversary Celebration

Did you know that Head Start has been around for 50 years?!  Today marks the beginning of a big celebration of 50 years of Head Start.  There are a great deal events and information sharing taking place in order to celebrate the big 5-0.  Take a look at the National Head Start Association (NHSA) website to get informational Powerpoint detailing the history of Head Start, a video, and description of the events taking place throughout the year! 

I specifically wanted to point out their big launch today, the Go Smart App!  In partnership with Nike, AT&T, Head Start Stakeholders, Subject Matter Experts as well as the Presidential Council on Fitness, NHSA has created an application that you can use on your computer desktop, tablet or mobile phone to help you get those kids moving.  You don’t have to register to access the activities but is useful as you can personalize boards or simply mark favorites to return to.  You can also share them to your Facebook page and can be very useful to engage parents with what you are doing in your care as well as help them take it home!

You get to search and filter by different criteria, look at the quick start guide to see how it works.  I think the filter is the most useful part of the application and includes: Age, Environment (indoor/outdoor/on the go), Materials, Group Size (including single) and Good for Non-Mobile Child.

Once you open an activity you’ll get a short demonstration video of the activity, what you’ll need, how to play, additional ideas, the emerging development the activity supports as well as concepts explored.  Here’s an example of Pat-A-Cake found in the Age 0-12 filter.

Start using Go Smart today!  Parent, caregiver, teacher – this is for you.

Interested in learning more about how physical activity goes hand in hand with child growth, mentally, emotionally and physically, see their Resources and FAQ.

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