Become a Member

Join the leading advocacy community for early childhood education, supporting 800,000 Head Start and Early Head Start children and families in all 50 states.

As the central organization for the Head Start and Early Head Start workforce of 250,000, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) serves as the national voice for early childhood education and leadership on Capitol Hill.

NHSA members enjoy many benefits, including exclusive insights into federal legislation impacting Head Start's present and future, opportunities for involvement in our advocacy work, and special member rates for our award-winning professional development courses and annual conferences.

What type of membership are you interested in?


For Early/Head Start programs, including  all their staff and parents


For regional and state Head Start associations and collaboration offices


For nonprofits, for-profit companies, and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership


For friends of Head Start, including students, alumni, and educators

If you are stepping into a well-deserved retirement or moving to a different job, we invite you to stay connected with the Head Start community through our Lifetime Membership.