The Head Start State Association Network aims to promote a sense of community and cooperation between the national association, Head Start state associations, and collaboration offices across the country. NHSA facilitates communication, coordinates policy development, strengthens advocacy activities, and disseminates innovations and best practices in state-based early learning systems.
Network Monthly Calls
- Water Cooler Call: 3 to 4 p.m. ET, 4th Thursday monthly
Catch up on Head Start federal affairs and advocacy, interact with your peers, and share your updates in a pre-call survey. If you can only attend 1 call each month, this is the one!
- State Collaboration Directors Call: 2 to 3 p.m. ET, 4th Tuesday monthly
Policy brief for State Collaboration Directors. Mirrors the Water Cooler, but with a lesser focus on advocacy. As with Water Cooler, we issue a pre-call survey.
Quick Helpful Links
Key NHSA Reports and Tools
The national Head Start Policy Agenda serves as the guiding document for NHSA’s government affairs-related efforts.
Fourteen states and D.C. are investing state funds in Head Start and Early Head Start to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families.
Head Start Advocacy Tools
NHSA’s Head Start Social Media Guide covers five major social media channels and includes quick tips and content ideas.
Click on your state to download your 2023 Head Start Fact Sheet or use NHSA’s interactive map to explore Head Start locations in detail.
Early Head Start Advocacy Tools
Early Head Start children have greater cognitive development and receptive language skills on standardized assessments.
Download and learn more about Early Head Start’s service delivery models, how programs support families’ comprehensive needs, and how the program promotes equity.
NHSA’s data-backed communications toolkit supports Early Head Start advocacy and communication about the impact of Early Head Start.