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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.

Where does your Dollar Per Child contribution go?

Download a printable DpC flyer to distribute at your program!


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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

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The Fundraiser’s Guide helps Head Start Policy Councils, parents, staff, and friends to support DpC. Download the resource now.