NHSA’s State Affairs

Our network needs you.

NHSA’s State Affairs Office invites you to participate in your State and Regional Association’s Advocacy Campaigns. Our network needs you.

The Mission

The Office of State Affairs’ mission is to grow the capacity of Head Start Associations to effectively advocate for Head Start programs and the children and families they serve.

The Vision

All Head Start Associations have the resources they need and are effectively working together as a network to fulfill their collective missions and visions.


The State Affairs Office hosts meetings, facilitates work groups, provides technical assistance, develops resources, and helps coordinate Head Start advocacy for State and Regional Associations.

If there is something you think we might be able to help you with please contact us:

Blair Hyatt
Senior Director of State Affairs
bhyatt@nhsa.org

Katie Dufford-Meléndez
Manager of State Affairs
kdufford-melendez@nhsa.org

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Association Leadership Resource Center

Key NHSA Reports and Tools

203 Policy Agenda

Head Start Policy Agenda

The national Head Start Policy Agenda serves as the guiding document for NHSA’s government affairs-related efforts.

Little Angels Early Head Start in King City, California on August 22, 2023.

2022 State Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start

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.

Methodology and Members

Head Start State and Regional Impact Report

The 2022 Annual Report showcases the ongoing network and commitment of Head Start Associations in the states and regions.

Language Playbook

Head Start Language Playbook

Created with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Language Playbook helps Head Start advocates have more effective conversations.

Head Start Advocacy Tools

Kent City Migrant Headstart near Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 14, 2016.

Photograph by Erin Lubin

Head Start Social Media Marketing Guide

NHSA’s Head Start Social Media Guide covers five major social media channels and includes quick tips and content ideas.

Little Angels Early Head Start in King City, California on August 22, 2023.

2024 State Fact Sheets

Click on your state to download your 2024 Head Start Fact Sheet or use NHSA’s interactive map to explore Head Start locations in detail.

Take Action

Take Action for Head Start

Take Action for Head Start: Congress needs to hold the line for Head Start as it works toward finalizing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2024.

Little Angels Early Head Start in King City, California on August 22, 2023.

Facts and Impacts

Head Start works. Children make innumerable gains. These advantages appear immediately, last a lifetime, and positively impact generations.

Early Head Start Advocacy Tools

Child Care Associates Morris Campus in Fort Worth, Texas on May 27, 2022. (Photo/Sharon Ellman)

Head Start Advantage: Early Head Start

Early Head Start children have greater cognitive development and receptive language skills on standardized assessments.

EHS Facts and Figures

Early Head Start Facts & Figures

Download and learn more about Early Head Start’s service delivery models, how programs support families’ comprehensive needs, and how the program promotes equity.

Early Head Start Rising

Early Head Start Advocacy Toolkit

NHSA’s data-backed communications toolkit supports Early Head Start advocacy and communication about the impact of Early Head Start.

Little Angels Early Head Start in King City, California on August 22, 2023.

Early Head Start Social Media Toolkit

NHSA’s data-backed communications toolkit supports Early Head Start advocacy and communication about the impact of Early Head Start.

State Association Webinar Recordings

Webinar: Effective State-Level Policies

This session shares 11 state-level policies that help foster the nurturing environments infants and toddlers need to thrive and that reduce longstanding disparities in opportunities and outcomes among racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic statuses.

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Webinar: Advancing Early Head Start Conversations with Policymakers

Advancing Conversations with Policymakers webinar examines tips and techniques for building relationships with decisionmakers to advance Early Head Start.

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