Individual Membership

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

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Picture yourself standing alongside a community with an unwavering commitment to ensuring every child is poised for school and a lifetime of success through comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services. Your support is not just an investment in the National Head Start Association (NHSA) but also in children's future. Whether your connection stems from genuine care for our cause or a desire for academic collaboration, your membership empowers us to help children reach their full potential.

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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

Starling Minds

Starling Minds

Enjoy FREE, 24/7 access to Starling Minds Mental Fitness Program, a self-guided and private digital program to help you manage stress, anxiety, burnout, and wellbeing. Learn More


Digital Portfolio

NHSA Digital Portfolio

Showcase your professional accomplishments with the NHSA Digital Portfolio, a personalized digital space to highlight your skills to prospective employers. Learn More

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.

Individual Member Type Annual Investment
Head Start Staff$65

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