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.

Alumni Resilience Series Zine

This Head Start Awareness Month, we’re celebrating the resilience and triumph ...
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Alumni Resilience Series: Churmell Mitchell

Churmell Mitchell navigated childhood trauma and homelessness to become a national ...
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Alumni Resilience Series: Masada Ellis

Masada Ellis experienced Head Start as both a student and a parent, where he ...
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Alumni Resilience Series: Kaela Davison

Head Start and Early Head Start gave Kaela Davison and her family the extra ...
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