National Head Start Conference

May 8 - 11, 2023 | Phoenix, AZ

As the largest national conference devoted to all things Head Start, the annual National Head Start Conference brings the Head Start community together for a week of sharing knowledge, networking with peers, and celebrating achievements.

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Why is this such an important event?

The Head Start community is driven like none other to provide opportunities for success in the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children and families. It’s important that our community gathers together every year to refresh our commitment to Head Start’s vital mission, and discuss the latest developments, innovations, and obstacles in early childhood. Only by stepping away from our day-to-day work can we look at the big picture and help propel Head Start to even greater heights.


Join us in the Valley of the Sun!

NHSA’s 50th annual National Head Start Conference will be held in Pheonix, Arizona. With over 100 interesting, compelling, and challenging sessions, you will also find:

  • Plenty of special events, celebrations, and entertainment
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of Head Start colleagues from across the country
  • The largest collection of exhibitors offering products and services (and even some free stuff) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs
  • And keynote speakers who will make you cry, laugh, and cheer!

Registration Rates

  • Regular: Coming soon!
  • NHSA Member: Coming soon!
  • NHSA Member Onsite: Coming soon!

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Connect With Communities of Practice

To make the conference a rich experience, sessions held throughout the conference will be clearly designated as relevant to one or more of the following Communities of Practice:

  • Data (Management and CQI)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education and Child Development
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Parents
  • HR/Program Operations
  • Fiscal
  • New Directors
  • Early Head Start
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Celebrate After-Hours

Free opportunities to reconnect with all your colleagues you have not seen for more than a year!

  • The Scholarships and Awards Party
    Celebrate talented and innovative Head Start and Early Head Start staff, parents, and programs
  • The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
    Explore the largest gathering of vendors and service providers for Head Start
  • AfterGlow Lounge
    Step out and dance with friends and colleagues
  • Alumni After Happy Hour
    Did you attend Head Start as a child? Join fellow Head Start alumni for a meet-up.