National Head Start Association

NHSA Partners

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) strives to create meaningful partnerships and alliances to inspire and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. NHSA creates mutually beneficial relationships with non-profit organizations, corporations, and government agencies that are strongly aligned with the NHSA mission and priorities.

Partnership requests are evaluated using a set of criteria that include:

  • Alignment with the NHSA mission and priorities The ability of the proposed relationship to be mutually beneficial and produce meaningful outcomes
  • An evaluation that sufficient staff capacity exists to support the request


 Corporate Partners



Exchange is the leading professional magazine for early childhood practitioners. Exchange supports its mission of supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft thriving environments for children by providing the latest news on trends in the field and practical ideas on managing programs in the diverse field of early education. NHSA has partnered with Exchange to provide subscriptions and discounted additional subscriptions to Exchange magazine and Exchange Articles on Demand as a benefit to all NHSA members. 




Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, a leader in federal grants law, focuses on Head Start/Early Head Start law and regulatory compliance. Our team provides advice and counsel to clients who run HS/EHS programs across the country on matters stemming from the Head Start Act, the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and specific guidance from the Office of Head Start at the Administration for Children and Families. FTLF’s team leads on-line webinar trainings through the Head Start Legal Advisory Service, a collaboration with the National Head Start Association. FTLF also provides live trainings and technical assistance on a variety of grants law and HS/EHS issues. For more information, please go to




As an outgrowth of their collaborative response to events surrounding September 11, 2001, Johnson & Johnson and The National Head Start Association have launched a disaster relief fund for the Head Start community. This fund assists Head Start families and programs when they need it most. When disaster strikes, Head Start community members can apply for grants that help them rebuild and secure food, clothing and other necessities. 



The six-year partnership between NHSA and Nike's Community Investment, brings children and families together in leading active lives, preventing sedentary lifestyles before they start. Participating Head Start instructors receive customized training from SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids), a “playbook” of activities, and equipment. Nike's Community Investment also provides parents with resources to replicate the program’s activities at home. 






Founded by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito form a bilingual, $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children – particularly underserved children – from birth to age five for success in school and life. Through Grow Up Great, PNC emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement, by helping families, educators and community partners provide innovative opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child's early years. PNC offers leadership, advocacy, funding, volunteers and educational resources because we believe that an investment in our children now makes good economic sense and plants the seeds for the dynamic workforce of tomorrow. The National Head Start Association, in collaboration with PNC Grow Up Great, has developed a tool kit on the how-tos of engaging community volunteers. The toolkit resources are dynamic, impact oriented, and easily applicable to preschool programs. This tool kit was developed to help Head Start programs explore the basics of Opening the Doors to Community Volunteers. It is meant to be a user-friendly resource for determining community volunteer needs, recruiting, motivating, and evaluating community volunteers. 



Wipfli LLP has been working with Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs for more than 40 years. And like you, we believe in the mission of the program and future of the children. As a program leader, you work hard to make your community a better place. Wipfli's professionals in the nonprofit and government practice help you keep your organization in compliance and serving your community. Wipfli provides services—specifically for HS/EHS programs—from compliance training to updated policies and procedures, monitoring to in-kind generation, board of directors responsibilities to policy council engagement, community needs to funding source outcome requirements, and cost allocation to employee retention. Wipfli is proud to partner with NHSA and enjoys working closely together to create a sustainable future for HS/EHS programs. 


 NonProfit Partners



Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) NHSA partners with Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. CSEFEL provides great resources and insights in their What Works Briefs.

 Eco-Healthy Child Care  

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) supports child care providers in creating child care settings that are as environmentally healthy as possible. Qualified “Eco-Healthy” programs have completed a checklist that highlights 30 simple, free or low-cost steps which create a safer, healthier environment for children to learn and grow. NHSA is one of over 20 organizations represented on the EHCC National Advisory Committee (NAC) which provided feedback fact sheets, brochures, the eco-healthy checklist and the pre- and post-test.  

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The Family Development Credential Program (FDC) administered by the University of Connecticut is a research-based professional development course and credentialing program for frontline family workers to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support. NHSA has collaborated with FDC to offer the train-the-trainer Instructors’ Institute that certifies Head Start staff as instructors who will then offer the FDC program by training staff in their local communities. 






 Farm to School Network
Farm to PreSchool
  The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network was formed in 2011 to support rapidly growing interest in Farm to Preschool programming from many diverse stakeholders. The concept of Farm to Preschool encompasses all models of public and private child care delivery and any combination of activities, such as edible gardens on site, nutrition education, purchasing local foods for snacks or meals, farm field trips, cooking with children, and more. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Subcommittee is comprised of national leaders in the fields of child care and Farm to School, including the National Head Start Association. Visit for more information on Subcommittee projects, as well as to sign up for the monthly Farm to Preschool e-newsletter.


First Book, a nonprofit, has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs like Head Start, Early Head Start and others serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Head Start programs can easily connect to First Book’s free and low-cost resources by registering online at, or visit the First Book Marketplace at to see firsthand the quality of First Book's books and resources. 



NHSA and the National Parent Teacher Association have partnered in a variety of ways to strengthen the connection of Head Start parents to their local PTA. Special preschool PTA groups bring together Head Start parents and teachers, child-care providers, grandparents, and others concerned with early childhood education. This is especially important as children begin their transition into elementary school.

 PBS Kids  

PBS KIDS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are providing free educational apps to Head Start centers and other organizations in underserved communities nationwide. The apps are being downloaded onto devices that families have access to at home and/or in local Head Start centers. Both apps are designed to help kids ages 3 to 5 build critical math skills. This unique outreach effort is a service of the Ready To Learn Initiative, an early learning effort led by PBS and CPB with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  





 Cooking Matters  


The National Head Start Association (NHSA) and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters are working together to help more Head Start families, children, and staff nationwide learn about healthy eating on a limited budget through Cooking Matters six-week courses and educational tools. Head Start programs have also served as enthusiastic and valued pilot testers for new curricula and materials. 


 Source for Learning  


The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL), a non-profit company, develops high quality, technology-based learning resources that enhance learning for children and educators. SFL provides resources, such as, at reduced or no cost to Head Start centers nationwide. NHSA and SFL collaborate on several special projects including the Family Connections monthly newsletter, The Correlation of The Head Start Framework to the Common Core State Standards in Kindergarten, and The School Readiness Goals Summit



 Source for Learning  


Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS) offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human services at 10 campuses across the U.S. SHS will award as many as 18 undergraduate credits for NHSA members who have successfully completed Child Development Associate (CDA) courses, and as many as 15 credits for CEUs from NHSA conferences and trainings to students enrolled in the undergraduate program. Campuses in Orange County, CA, Wilmington, DE, Tampa Bay, FL, Boston and Springfield, MA, Manchester, NH, Charleston, SC, and St. Johnsbury, VT offer the undergraduate concentration in Early Childhood Education. Other SHS campuses are located in Houston, TX and Milwaukee, WI.





Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) NHSA is one of seven primary national membership associations who collaborate with Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) to extend the impact of the Center's work on young children's social/emotional development and challenging behavior by promoting a "unified message" of the importance of evidence-based practices in the field and disseminating information about Center activities and materials.

NTIEP Challenging Behavior

2013 National Training Institute on Effective Practices:

Addressing Challenging Behavior, March 20-23, 2013

TACSEI and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) are pleased to bring you this unique and inspiring professional development experience. If you have been to NTI in the past, you know that the format is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model. The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional development. It is an unparalleled opportunity to increase your skills, build a network of colleagues, and become part of a growing professional community who use the Pyramid Model.

Visit the Institute Website to learn more. 



Teachstone provides educators with the knowledge, tools, and skills proven to improve student learning and development. By working at the intersection of research and practice, we enable teachers to maximize the impacts of their daily interactions with children. Teachstone is the only organization approved to provide certification, training, and consultation around the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). The CLASS is an observational instrument developed at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education that is used to assess classroom quality by measuring the effectiveness of teacher-student interactions. Teachstone offers products and services to help educators learn about the CLASS framework, measure the effectiveness of their interactions with students, and improve teaching practices. Teachstone’s evidence-based offerings range across age levels – from birth through grade 12 – empowering educators and improving student outcomes. Teachstone transforms education by applying what works to what matters. 




If you are interested in working with the NHSA, please contact: Jane Adams, Director of Projects & Partnerships,

In general, requests for NHSA to promote events, activities or resources will not be accommodated unless a partnership exists with the NHSA.