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Dollar Per Child
Supporting Advocacy

About the Campaign

Millions of American children are in desperate need of the window of opportunity for success in life that Head Start provides. Through Dollar per Child, NHSA ensures that the voices of these at-risk children and their families are heard.

Why Dollar per Child?

Convincing Congress, and voters who are leery of any national program, is extraordinarily difficult these days. That’s why we need a dollar per child - one dollar for each of the million children in the Head Start program across the nation.

Donate Now!

Help ensure that every Head Start child's interests are represented in Washington!

Where do your contributions go?

Some of the successes your Dollar per Child contribution enabled in recent years:

  • In 2013 we organized Stroll-in and Hands-in activities, on a national scale, to demonstrate the effects of sequestration.
  • NHSA led the Head Start community in an intense, impassioned national appeal to Congress to restore the 57,265 slots and 18,000 staff positions that had been lost in the sequester cuts. By mid-January 2014, they were successfully restored and an additional $500 million was added for funding the expansion of Early Head Start.
  • Additional edvocacy efforts resulted in the additional funding becoming permanent.
  • In 2015, NHSA led a year-long, national celebration of Head Start's 50th anniversary. Advocacy activities on social media channels reached nearly 7,000,000 people on May 18 alone!
  • Advocacy efforts during the anniversary reached thousands of people outside of the Head Start, spreading the message that Head Start works widely among the general public and fundamentally changed the national conversation abour Head Start.
  • Each year, NHSA represents the interests of Head Start children on hundreds of Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.
  • Perhaps most importantly of all, we continue to provide a unified voice for millions of Head Start children.

The 2015-2016 Campaign

Our goal is to raise one dollar for each of the one million children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the nation.

The campaign launched July 1, 2015. We will track progress toward our goals on our Leaderboard.

At the December 2015 NHSA Parent Conference in San Diego, we recognized the states and the programs that met their dollar per child goal in 2014-2015.

At the opening session of the May, 2016 Annual Head Start Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, we will welcome programs and state and regional associations to bring the results of their Dollar Per Child campaigns before thousands of their colleagues.

Get involved today!

Interested in contributing to Dollar per Child, but not sure how to get involved?  Download our resource, "Making the Case for Dollar per Child."

You can also donate now.

Fundraising FAQ

"I work for a Head Start program - am I allowed to raise funds for Dollar per Child?" and other questions answered on our Dollar per Child FAQ.


Where do Dollar per Child contributions go?

NHSA's advocacy for Head Start is funded exclusively by your Dollar per Child contributions.

Mailing a Check?

Checks can be mailed to: PO Box 759400, Baltimore, MD, 21275