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 BenefitsProgramAffiliateAssociateIndividual
Member-only news and critical analysis of federal legislation that affects Head Start programs
Access to 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
Access to The Block for online networking
Eligibility to participate in the Program of Excellence Accreditation
Access to NHSA's Disaster Relief Fund assistance
Discounted posts on Career Center

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.
$495 - $5,854


Available to three groups of organizations: non-profits; for-profit corporations; and university, college, and research, and EHS-CCP organizations.
$297 - $765


Affiliates members advocate and attend conferences and events. Categories include: national, regional, and state Head Start associations and collaboration offices.
$430 - $675


NHSA provides a way for every individual to participate in shaping Head Start’s future. Categories include: Friend, Student, Alumni, and Academic members.
$11 - $563


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.

Under $1 Million: $495EHS/CCP: $297Under 10,000 Enrollment: $430Head Start Staff: $63
$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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Membership FAQ

What benefits do staff, parents, and board members receive? What membership type do you qualify for? What's The Block and how can I join? Find all the answers in our FAQ.