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Dollar per Child is NHSA's annual fundraising campaign to support our advocacy efforts on behalf of Head Start’s one million children and families, 275,000 staff, and their communities.

NHSA’s advocacy efforts raise awareness of the essential role Head Start plays in every community across the country and secure funds to ensure the program can reach more eligible children and families with its high-quality, comprehensive services.

Through effective, strategic advocacy, Head Start has seen an increase in funding every year for a decade. Dollar per Child funds have helped NHSA to secure dedicated quality improvement funds to address the effects of adverse childhood experiences in addition to two billion dollars in COVID-19 relief funds.

“Approximately 83% of the families we serve are Hispanic,” says Child-Parent Centers' Family & Community Engagement Coordinator Dulce Pesqueira Quevedo. “We are so proud of our work to strengthen and celebrate their heritage by centering the role of families in children’s education. They are a big reason why we are proud to participate in Dollar Per Child, which supports NHSA’s advocacy efforts to raise awareness of the essential role Head Start plays in our community.

Where does your Dollar Per Child Contribution Go?


Engaging at every level of government–local, state, and national–and with the Administration. We provide the facts about Head Start—unbiased, nonpartisan, and clear.


Shaping the conversations about early childhood education to ensure Head Start’s standard-setting model is at the forefront.

Government Relations

Maintaining a constant presence on Capitol Hill, working with Congress, the White House, and the Office of Head Start to develop and shape early childhood education legislation and policy and ensure the Head Start community is heard.


NHSA is proud to partner with Kaplan Early Learning Company on the Dollar per Child campaign.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dollar Per Child Director’s Checklist

This checklist will help you empower your policy council members so they are ready to fundraise—and even have some fun along the way!

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Dollar Per Child Fundraising Guide

The Fundraising Guide is a resource for Head Start Policy Councils, parents, staff, and friends to use to support advocacy for Head Start.

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