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.

Why You Should Vote

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The Iswa Head Start program on the Catawba Reservation in South Carolina advocates ...
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Minnesota Invests State Funding in Early Head Start

Families First Minnesota Head Start and Early Head Start Director Sandy Simar ...
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Native Heritage Thrives in Head Start Community Garden

Cankdeska Cikana Community College Head Start is an example of how a community ...
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