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.

Program of Excellence: CAPSLO

Migrant and Seasonal program CAPSLO’s commitment to quality is reflected in ...
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8 Reasons to Believe in a Parent Nation

Parents cannot and should not be expected to go it alone when engaged in the ...
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The Formula Shortage and Early Head Start

Parents and caregivers across the country are anxious and scared about the ongoing ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Head Start and Libraries, Perfect Together

Head Start and libraries are perfect together. Two Head Start alumna share stories ...
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