Explore the State Network

Select a state below to visit the State Head Start Association webpage.

Head Start State Network

The Head Start State 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.

State Network Monthly Calls

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Workshop: 2 to 3 p.m. ET, 2nd Thursdays monthly
    Opportunity for both State/Regional Associations and Collaboration Directors to do a deep dive on a topic of interest and exchange with peers or hear from an external partner. This is a members-only call.


Advocacy is a pillar of early childhood education. NHSA's legislative and political advocacy advances the profession and the cause of our nation's youngest learners.

State Collaboration Offices

Collaboration Offices in each state—and nationally with the Migrant/Seasonal and American Indian/Alaskan Native communities—facilitate partnerships and encourage cooperation between Head Start and state early learning entities.

State Resources

Preschool Development Grants: Opportunities to Support Children Webinar Recording

Head Start and Early Head Start are critical infrastructure in state early childhood systems and has the potential to partner with Preschool Development Grants to support child and family success.


Early Head Start State Policy Agendas

2023 State Fact Sheets

Data Playbook for States

Policy Brief: State Efforts to Expand Early Head Start

12 State Policies that Promote Head Start

Head Start Helps

Playbook: Engaging Governors to Support Head Start and Early Head Start

State Investments in Head Start Support At-Risk Children and Families

Early Head Start Facts & Figures