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Center on Advocacy
Grassroots, national, bipartisan
The NHSA Center on Advocacy leverages grassroots action, alumni- and parent-driven support, and a bipartisan strategy to ensure a successful and sustainable future for Head Start.

Our Advocacy Activities

October is Head Start Awareness Month

We’re celebrating all month long with activities each week.

October was first proclaimed Head Start Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan on October 22, 1982. Ever since, October has been a month for our community to celebrate the life changing impact of Head Start.

Find out more and get involved today!


New Initiative: Books Building Bridges

NHSA is promoting a new national initiative for Head Start programs and local police departments.

It’s fun, has a real impact on Head Start children and families and will foster new partnerships and understanding within our communities and law enforcement nationwide.

Get started today!

Invite Your Members of Congress to Your Program

Find all you need to know to get your Members of Congress to your Head Start Center this year!

Find detailed instructions and resources to facilitate an exciting visit by your Members of Congress to your Head Start program in 2017! You will also have access to a national map which recognizes each center visit as it happens during the 115th Congress! 


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By the Numbers


Visits by Members of Congress in the 115th Congress to a Head Start center in 2017


Press Articles about Head Start sent to Capitol Hill in 2017


Appropriations requests submitted for support of Head Start funding in Fiscal Year 2018


NHSA generated articles, opinion pieces and blogs written by alumni/supporters throughout the country in 2017 alone

Build a Relationship with Your Members of Congress

Building relationships with your Member of Congress is one of the most effective advocacy tools out there. Take the opportunity to educate your Member on the importance of Head Start in 2017- it's easy! Find out more here.


NHSA members can find archives of recordings and powerpoint slides of NHSA's previous webinars. You must be an NHSA member and logged in to access this page.