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Mission Statement


NHSA Mission

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

We are compelled to fulfill this mission by the promise of all the possible outcomes:

  • one powerful, united Head Start voice;
  • a collegial, collaborative Head Start field, one that is a valuable and valued partner and resource to early childhood development and education;
  • nonpartisan support of increased Federal commitment to Head Start and, ultimately
  • healthier, empowered children and families and stronger, more vibrant communities.

NHSA Values

We are determined to play a valued leadership role in this country's efforts to educate and serve its most vulnerable children and families.

We are actively committed to being a high-impact organization.

We value partnerships and collaboration and are intent on transforming ourselves into a relationship-based organization.

We are accountable to our members and funders, practicing the highest standards of governance and financial stewardship, ensuring transparency in our operationsand living up to the highest standards of quality.



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