Welcome, Head Start Alumni!

We are calling on you to #NameTheDifference Head Start made in your life.

You are part of a community born of a commitment to give every child the opportunity to succeed and to thrive.

About the Head Start Alumni Network

The Head Start Alumni Network sustains Head Start’s legacy for children and families through national advocacy, local support, and meaningful professional connections. The Network demonstrates Head Start’s proven model of success as well as its far-reaching and long-lasting impact.

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In Their Words...

Over the last six decades, 37 million children have been served by Head Start. Their stories and testimony are living proof points of Head Start’s impact. Head Start alumni hail from communities across the country. We serve and work in every sector worldwide—from boardrooms to classrooms, from cockpits to courtrooms. Innovators and communicators, advocates and thinkers, health care heroes and teachers—alumni are connected by a shared love for the first learning experience that told us we belonged.

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Alumni Spotlight: Greetings from NHSA’s Director of Alumni Engagement

Meet Malkia Payton-Jackson, Head Start alumna and the National Head Start Association first-ever director of Alumni Engagement.


Alumni Spotlight: Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo says: “Today’s Head Start families encourage their kids to dream big and know they can go on to make their dreams a reality.”

At the 2020 Winter Leadership Institute, NHSA’s Executive Director Yasmina Vinci and Former Board Chairman Damon Carson present Congresswoman Jahana Hayes with the Pledge Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Rep. Jahana Hayes

When she started school at Slocum Head Start in Waterbury, CT, Representative Jahana Hayes knew that she was a part of a community. “It wasn’t just where children got an education. Parents could also access housing, and healthcare, and community resources. That’s what I understood education to look like-all the people coming together to make…


Alumni Spotlight: Victor Jones

Victor Jones says: “Head Start shaped me into the person that I am today: someone who aspires to be a fierce advocate for marginalized children.”


Alumni Spotlight: Domnic Barnes

Veteran Dominic Barnes draws on his military career and Head Start experience to improve transitions for military-connected students.

Lt Governor Howie Morales standing with children in a Head Start classroom.

Alumni Spotlight: New Mexico Lt. Governor Howie Morales

Head Start was a game changer for Howie Morales and helped him to blaze new paths for himself and his family members who followed.


Alumni Spotlight: Cicely Simpson

Cicely Simpson credits her Head Start for her successful journey from small-town roots to the launch of her own company.


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack

Dr. Jack says: “I want people to see seeking out support as an integral part of one’s personal and social growth. Seeking help is a sign of strength.”