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.

Connecting Families Facing Food Insecurity to Head Start

The recent SNAP rule change is strengthening both Head Start’s outreach to ...
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Data Literacy Credential Empowers an experienced Head Start manager

The Data Literacy Credential presented by The Academy at NHSA makes data interesting, ...
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Alumni Spotlight: From Head Start to Health Solutions

Head Starters are making their mark on Capitol Hill. Meet Ashley Kearney, an ...
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Bold Leadership Series: Addressing Burnout

On July 14, Executive Director of Rural Utah Child Development Keri Newman Allred ...
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