Become a Member

Together we are the biggest and loudest advocates for Head Start children, families, and communities.

A Strong Voice

National membership gives NHSA the power to advocate on behalf of Head Start before Congress and the Administration.

Learning & Leadership

Along with many exclusive resources, membership provides learning opportunities at NHSA's six annual conferences.


NHSA members have access to weekly and monthly newsletters, exciting new partner initiatives, The Block, and many helpful resources and documents.

Member Benefits Program Affiliate Associate Individual Lifetime
Member-only news and critical analysis of federal legislation that affects Head Start programs
Access to free year-round professional development webinars
Eligibility for scholarships and awards that recognize the valuable contributions of Head Start programs, partners, staff, and parents.
Discounted registration for NHSA conferences and other NHSA training events
Discounted registration for additional professional development opportunities at The Academy
Access to The Block, a community engagement platform designed for networking
Eligibility to participate in the Program of Excellence Accreditation
Access to NHSA's Disaster Relief Fund assistance
Discounted posts on The Career Center
New Benefit - July 2022: Access to Starling Minds Mental Fitness Program for Head Start Staff
New Benefit - July 2022: Access to eMentorMatch, a site to find mentors and build relationships

NHSA offers more membership benefits than ever before!

Starting July 2022, NHSA will offer mental wellness support to members through Ayogo. Ayogo is a new service for programs to access Cognitive Behavioral Therapy counselors to work on resilience and assist with life events. Through NHSA Membership at the Program Level, Ayogo is available to every employee of the member organization as well as their families at no additional cost.

Join us on July 21 at 2 p.m. to learn more.


Starting July 2022, NHSA will launch eMentorMatch, a site for NHSA members to find mentors and build relationships. That platform will have something for everyone:

  • Program-Level members of NHSA will have access for all employees
  • Retired Head Start staff with Individual or Lifetime memberships can join as mentors
  • New directors can find seasoned directors to learn from and aspiring leaders can match with someone who can show them the ropes

Which NHSA membership is right for you?


Program membership, which grants full member benefits for all staff and parents, bring everyone together to strengthen the future of Head Start.


Available to three groups of organizations: non-profits; for-profit corporations; and university, college, and research, and EHS-CCP organizations.


Affiliates members advocate and attend conferences and events. Categories include: national, regional, and state Head Start associations and collaboration offices.


NHSA provides a way for every individual to participate in shaping Head Start’s future. Categories include: Friend, Student, Alumni, and Academic members.


Keep connected to NHSA and Head Start for life. This is the perfect gift for a retiring or departing staff member or leader. Contact membership to learn more. More info coming soon!


NHSA's membership year is from July 1 through June 30. Fees are listed below. They are not pro-rated if started after July 1.

Program Associate Affiliate Individual Lifetime
Under $1 Million: $495EHS/CCP: $297Under 10,000 Enrollment: $430Head Start Staff: $63Coming soon
$1-3 Million: $979Nonprofit: $305Under 10,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office: $613Alumni: $21
$3-6 Million: $1,496University, College, or Research Organization: $33010,000 to 35,000 Enrollment: $550Parent: $11
$6-10 Million: $2,543Corporate: $76510,000 to 35,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office: $721Academic: $105
$10-15 Million: $3,255Over 35,000 Enrollment: $675Student: $32
$15-25 Million: $3,899Over 35,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office: $847Friend: $74
$25-40 Million: $4,554State Collaboration Office: $183Lifetime: $563
$40-60 Million: $5,198Regional Association: $688
Over $60 Million: $5,854

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