National Head Start Conference

May 8 - 11, 2023 | Phoenix, AZ

Join us in the Valley of the Sun!

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.

NHSA’s 50th annual National Head Start Conference will be held in Phoenix, 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!

Conference Registration Sponsor

Participate in the Event

Registration Rates

Super Early Bird:


Available until 2/10/2023

Early Bird:


Available until 3/31/2023

NHSA Member :


Available until 5/7/2023

On-Site Member:


Available until 5/11/2023



Available to non-members

* All discounts are available exclusively to NHSA Members. Not a member? Sign up to save.

Engage with your Communities of Practice

NHSA organizes sessions into Communities of Practice areas, which facilitate networked learning between both peers and experts. A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do. The Communities of Practice are:


Data (Management and CQI)

Health and Wellness

Education and Child Development

Family and Community Engagement


HR/Program Operations


New Directors

Early Head Start

unnamed (36)

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.

Conference registration is sponsored by

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.

Join us in Phoenix.

The Valley of the Sun. The Sonoran Desert. The Urban Heart of the Southwest. No matter what you call it, the nation's fifth-largest city has it all. Splashing in a resort pool. A serene hike beneath picture-perfect skies. Dinner and drinks downtown.

You won't want to miss the opportunity to connect with your colleagues and explore Phoenix's iconic landscapes.

Diamond Level Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors


Corporate Leadership Council

Frequently Asked Questions

Policies & Resources

Exhibiting and Sponsorship