Affiliate Membership

For Regional and State Head Start Associations and collaboration offices

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At the heart of Head Start exists a powerful force—passionate individuals (like you) committed to tirelessly nurturing young minds and laying the foundation for a successful future. As an affiliate member, you'll unlock a range of exclusive benefits designed to empower your association with resources that elevate your impact and help you effectively address challenges.

Did you know that regional associations have voting rights?

Regional associations have the opportunity to influence the direction of NHSA, Head Start, and Early Head Start by participating in the election for NHSA's Board of Directors.

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Membership Benefits


Federal Legislation News

Stay informed and empowered with exclusive insights into federal legislation directly impacting Early/Head Start to navigate the changing landscape.


Advocacy That Speaks Volumes

Strengthen our collective voice to influence federal policies in favor of Early/Head Start to protect the future of our youngest learners. Learn More


Award-Winning Academy+

Prepare for tomorrow's opportunities with innovative learning experiences and meet compliance requirements with exclusive access to NHSA's Academy+. Learn More


NHSA Conferences

Save thousands of dollars at NHSA conferences and training events. Network, learn, and collaborate with peers and experts in the field. Learn More

That's not all. Explore more membership benefits below.

Weekly Stand-Up Meetings for timely updates on pressing issues pertaining to Head Start and Early Head Start.

Member-only news and critical analysis of Federal legislation that affects Head Start programs

Free year-round professional development webinars to help you gain new skills and knowledge

Eligibility for Academy+ subscription, where you find NHSA's catalog of fundamental courses when you need it

Access to NHSA's Disaster Relief Fund to assist programs and their families affected by natural disasters

FREE access to Starling Minds Mental Fitness Program to help you manage your well-being

FREE access to NHSA Digital Portfolio, a personalized digital space to store all your professional accomplishments

Membership Investment

NHSA's membership year is from July 1 through June 30. While we are excited to welcome new members anytime, please note that membership rates are not prorated for those joining after July 1.

Enrollment Annual Investment
Under 10,000 Enrollment$440
Under 10,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office$625
10,000 to 35,000 Enrollment$560
10,000 to 35,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office$735
Over 35,000 Enrollment$700
Over 35,000 Enrollment + Collaboration Office$865
State Collaboration Office$190
Regional Association$700

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