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Grassroots, national, bipartisan
NHSA partners with a variety of national advocacy groups to pursue legislative action that would positively affect the children and families Head Start serves. One of the ways these groups show Congress the extent of support for their position is by signing a coalition letter.

NHSA FY18 Budget and Appropriations Letter

Letter calling on Congress to raise the non-defense discretionary (NDD) budget caps for FY 2018 and FY 2019 – similar to the agreements reached for fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2016-2017.

Letter for Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017

Letter to Senator Murray and Congressman Scott commending them for developing and introducing the Child Care for Working Families Act

Comments on Non-Regulatory Guidance in ESSA

Comments on Non-Regulatory Guidance in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A set of comments that NHSA submitted to the Department of Education on areas where non-rgulatory guidance is needed as the Department implements the ESSA

Joint Comments on Early Childhood Career Pathways

Joint Comments on Early Childhood Career Pathways - A set of comments NHSA and 13 other national early childhood organizations submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services about strengthening the Department's Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways.

Joint Statement on Suspension and Expulsion

A joint statement signed by NHSA and 30 other early education organizations against the practices of suspension and expulsion in early learning.

CHILD Act Support Letter

A letter sent by NHSA to Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow in support of the Children's Head Start Intervention for Life and Development (CHILD) Act which, if enacted, will assist the Department of Health and Human Services in addressing the needs of children and families impacted by toxic pollutants by establishing one time 5 year Head Start grants to proven providers in impacted communities.

NDD United Letter to Stop Sequestration

A letter signed by NSHA and over 2,000 other organizations to encourage Congress to reach a budget agreement that ends sequestration and raises the caps on discretionary spending.

Children's Budget Coalition Letter

A letter sent to House and Senate leadership from the Children's Budget Coalition voicing support for FY 2016 appropriations that prioritize children.

EITC and CTC Support Letter

A letter sent on July 10, 2015 from NHSA and 160 other organization urging Congress to save critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit before they expire.

Child Care and Early Learning FY 2016 Appropriations Letter

A letter signed by NHSA and 46 other coalition members to Chairman Hal Rogers in support of increased funding for early learning programs in the 2016 Fiscal Year.

Comments to Chairman Kline on Head Start Reform

On June 1, 2015 NHSA submitted their comments to Chairman John Kline in response to his request for feedback on Head Start reform. These comments earned the support of all State and Regional Head Start Associations.

LEARN Act Support Letter

A letter signed by NHSA and other national education organizations thanking Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. John Yarmuth for the leadership on addressing the literacy needs of all students through the introduction of HR 858, the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act.

MIECHV Support Letter 2015

A letter signed by NHSA and other members of the national Home Visiting Coalition urging congressional leadership to extend the authorization for the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

ESEA Reauthorization Letter

On February 9, 2015 NHSA sent a letter to Chairmen Alexander and Kline and Ranking Members Murray and Scott to voice our recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Reauthorization of the Child Care & Development Block Grant

On September 15th, NHSA sent a letter to Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Miller thanking them for their continued leadership and support on behalf of our nations children and families. Furthermore NHSA offered support for their bi-partisan effort to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). (September 2014)

Children's Advocates to the Office of Management and Budget

A letter signed by NHSA and national children’s organizations urging Shaun Donovan, the new Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, to make full use of OMB's potential to improve the lives of America's children and youth. (July, 2014)

2015 Appropriations Letter

A letter signed by NHSA and national children’s organizations urging the Senator Mikulski, Senator Shelby, Representative Rogers, & Representative Lowey to provide the highest level of fiscal year 2015 appropriations to investments for children. (April, 2014)

Head Start FY 15

On Friday, March 28th NHSA sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee regarding Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Appropriations. In this letter NHSA, four Regional Head Start Associations and nineteen State Head Start Associations urged an increased allocating $8,868,389,000 for Head Start and Early Head Start in Fiscal Year 2015. (March, 2014)

MIECHV Funding Extension Letter 2014

A letter to the Senate in support of the passage of the House’s version of the Sustainable Growth Rate bill or “doc-fix” bill. This bill included a funding extension of the MIECHV program (Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting). (March, 2014)

Labor, Health & Human Services Letter

A letter signed by NHSA urging the restoration of funding allocations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to FY 2010 levels of $163.6 billion. (March, 2014)

Children’s Budget Coalition

Letter to the Budget Conference Committee Members from the Children’s Budget Coalition (NHSA is a member) asking them to come to a budget agreement that protects investments in children and gets rid of sequestration. (November 2013)

Early Care and Education Community Letter

Letter to Budget Conference Committee Members from the Early Care and Education community asking them to fix sequestration and look to expand investments in early learning. (November 2013)

MIECHV Sequestration Letter

Letter to the Budget Conference Committee Members from the Home Visiting Coalition (NHSA is a member) asking them to fix sequestration and look to expand funding for the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). (November 2013)

FRAC SNAP Cuts Letter

Letter from the Food Resource and Action Center to the Farm Bill conferees asking them to not cut SNAP/food stamps. (November 2013)