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 Workforce is in Crisis

Refreshed Platform, New Courses from The Academy

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

Data Literacy Credential Empowers an experienced Head Start manager

The Data Literacy Credential presented by The Academy at NHSA makes data interesting, ...
Read More

Bold Leadership Series: Leading in VUCA Times

President of the National Dropout Prevention Center Ray McNulty defines a "VUCA ...
Read More

Program of Excellence: Children First

Children First is a long-standing Head Start Program of Excellence, holding ...
Read More

GroMore Good Garden Grantees Summer Update

The 2021-2022 GroMore Good Garden Grantees have wasted no time starting or expanding ...
Read More

Feeling Resourceful?

We’re here to help! Whether you are looking for tools, guides, reports, trainings, conference information, or help with a question about your program, NHSA's Resource Library has something for everyone. Explore by topic below.

Stay Informed

When it comes to creating change and supporting Head Start, there is strength in numbers! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on advocacy opportunities, early childhood education news, and the latest from NHSA.