Program Membership

For Head Start and Early Head Start programs, including all staff and parents within the program structure

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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 a program member, you'll unlock a range of exclusive benefits designed to empower your program with resources that elevate your impact and help you effectively address challenges.

Academy+ Learners
Annual Conference Attendees
Credentials Earned

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 scholarships and awards that recognize the contributions of Head Start programs, partners, and parents

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

Member rate to additional professional development opportunities at The Academy

Exclusive access to participate in the Program of Excellence Accreditation

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

Special rate to post on the Career Center to find qualified candidates

FREE access to Starling Minds Mental Fitness Program for Head Start staff

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

Tuition grants for course-based bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs at Walden University.

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.

Program Size Annual Investment
Less than $1 Million$505
$1-3 Million$1,000
$3-6 Million$1,530
$6-10 Million$2,595
$10-15 Million$3,320
$15-25 Million$3,980
$25-40 Million$4,645
$40-60 Million$5,300
Over $60 Million$5,970

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