National Head Start Association


Your Voice Matters.


About NHSA

The NHSA Vision


  • All children should reach their full potential,

  • Every child can succeed,

  • We can impact the success of at-risk children, and

  • Quality early education fundamentally transforms children and families


Our vision is


To lead.To be the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

To advocate.To work diligently for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed.


NHSA Mission


Our mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.

The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.

Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

NHSA offers an impressive portfolio of professional development services and programs for the entire early childhood community. These include the annual National Head Start Conference, the largest national event devoted to the Early Head Start and Head Start community, and the National Parent Conference, the only national event devoted to parents and families.