Advocacy

The untiring voice that will not be quiet until every child has access to the Head Start model of support.

Advocacy is a pillar of early childhood education. Head Start staff instinctively advocate for their students, in their workplaces, and in their communities. NHSA's legislative and political advocacy advances the profession and the cause of our nation's youngest learners. NHSA's members and advocates work in every part of the preschool universe—from the classroom, to providing support to new and expecting families at home, to driving buses, and more—and NHSA has affiliate organizations in every state and region of the nation.

Public Policy and Advocacy News

NHSA Response to FY22 Continuing Resolution

NHSA urges Congress to pass of a new bill for FY23 and not let the continuing resolution stretch past December for a second year in a row.

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Our Intiatives

Early Head Start Rising

Millions of infants and toddlers who qualify for Early Head Start cannot access it due to limited resources and a lack of awareness. They are counting on us to act. We hope you will join us to help Early Head Start rise in communities all across this nation.

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Voter Engagement

Your vote directly impacts the funding and other key decisions that impact Head Start and your local community.

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Take Action for Head Start: Hold the Line

Take Action for Head Start: Congress needs to hold the line for Head Start as it works toward finalizing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023.

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Sign-On Letters

NHSA regularly leads and joins letters to those in positions of power requesting that they take action.

Federal Register Comments

NHSA files written submissions on issues related to Head Start in the Federal Register.

Congressional Testimony

NHSA routinely provide testimony to the Senate and House committees of Congress.

Explore the Latest Resources

Head Start’s Ongoing Workforce Crisis

Between low compensation, challenging job conditions, and better opportunities with better pay, the Head Start workforce is in crisis.

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Home Visiting and Support for Pregnant Women Issue Brief

Early Head Start home visiting provides services in the home to vulnerable children and families, fostering strong parent-child relationships.

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Confronting Head Start’s Workforce Crisis

Between low compensation, challenging job conditions, and better opportunities with better pay, the Head Start workforce is in crisis.

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