Head Start Policy Agenda

The national Head Start Policy Agenda serves as the guiding document for the National Head Start Association’s government affairs-related efforts. Based on the needs and feedback of the Head Start community, the agenda provides a roadmap for NHSA’s policy engagement and informs advocacy for changes in current law, regulation, and practice. These recommendations are pursued independently and collectively, and importantly, their implementation requires great intentionality and should be pursued in consultation with local Head Start practitioners and Head Start families.

Both the federal agenda and the state agenda include an overview of Head Start’s positions and priorities on policies affecting at-risk children and their families, including legislative and regulatory policy at the federal and state levels. Then, covering a range of topics, the agenda shares recommendations that represent the Head Start community’s priorities

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