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September 25 - 28, 2017
2017 Fall Leadership Institute
Washington, D.C.


Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Upper Senate Park
Washington, D.C.

Interested in attending?

Families Unite for Head Start Rally and Hill Day

On September 27th during NHSA’s Fall Leadership Institute, Head Start parents from across the country will join the Head Start community in Washington, D.C. for the Families Unite for Head Start Rally and Hill Day.  Whether you are coming in just for the rally or will already be in town for the Fall Leadership Institute or the Parents as Leaders training program, you'll find the location and drop off points for the day here!

At least 1,000 parents from around the nation will join Fall Leadership attendees to make their voices heard by participating in a Head Start spirit rally on Capitol Hill which will feature members of Congress and other special guests! Following the rally, participants will walk to the US House of Representatives and the US Senate to meet with their Members of Congress. Many Parents who attend the rally will have just finished an intense day and a half of parent leadership training, which will be put to good use as they share their families’ stories with Congress. Learn more about the Parents as Leaders Training.

Register to attend Rally

To ensure your participation in the Families Unite for Head Start Rally and Hill Day register today!  .


Are you a director, program staff or Head Start supporter who will be in Washington, D.C. and would like to volunteer for the day?  Sign up here!


If you're bringing a bus to Washington for the day, make sure to reserve a space for your bus at Union Station by e-mailing The cost is $60 for 24 hour parking with in and out privileges. Make sure to include the date and time of your arrival at Union Station and how many buses you will have. If you have questions, please call Union Station Parking at (202) 898-1950.

If you are attending the Fall Leadership Institute or the Parents as Leaders Training, buses will leave your respective site early in the morning on September 27th to travel to Capitol Hill. Beginning at 5:30pm there will be return service only to the 4H Conference Center.

Educational Video for Parents (perfect for watching on the bus!)

We are creating a Hill Visit Training video with information about what to expect at the Families Unite Spirit Rally and guidance for conducting meetings with members of Congress. It will be provided to all those who register!