Head Start is the National Commitment to

Give Every Vulnerable Child an Opportunity to Succeed.

The National Head Start Association's mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. NHSA is committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. We are the voice for more than 1 million children, 275,000 staff, and 1,600 grant recipients in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked for policy changes that ensure all income-eligible children have access to the Head Start model.

The Head Start promise is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.

Head Start State Collaboration Office Spotlight: Missouri

Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office Director Stacey Wright is powerful ...
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Head Start “Opens World of Possibilities” for Mom and Daughter

Head Start created a formal leadership and policymaking role for parents and ...
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All We Accomplished Together in 2022

From funding increases, to coming together to celebrate the promise of Head ...
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Program of Excellence: New St. Paul

NHSA Program of Excellence New St. Paul shares their exemplary work to provide ...
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