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.

October is Head Start Awareness Month! There are lots of ways to celebrate and bring awareness to Head Start.

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

Working for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Families Every Day

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Head Start Advocacy Update: Looking Back & Charging Forward

NHSA is keeping our eyes trained on the IFC and any opportunities to ensure ...
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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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Program Visits: A Powerful Way to Illustrate the Value of Head Start

Over the last year, from California to Connecticut, dozens of Senators and Representatives ...
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