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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.

Where do your contributions go?

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

  • In 2011, We organized national stroll ins in response to a proposed $1.2 billion cut which we not only defeated, but because of the campaign's success we ended up with a 300 million increase - a $1.5 billion swing in funding.
  • 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 advocacy 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!  
  • Moreover, NHSA helped draft and publish 57 op-eds and letters to the editor in all 50 states, with more than 130 press articles about Head Start sent to Capitol Hill, we assisted in over 40 visits by Members of Congress to local Head Start programs, and over 70 appropriations requests were submitted for support of Head Start funding.
  • In 2016, NSHA secured the support of Hollywood actor and children's book author, Taye Diggs, as the Head Start community’s Child Literacy Ambassador.  As such he promoted Head Start on social media, lent his support to our national reading month advocacy activity and traveled to our nation's capital to meet with members of Congress to let them know what a difference the Head Start advantage can make and to advocate for adequate funding for Head Start.
  • Each year, NHSA walks the halls of Congress and 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, pregnant mothers and their families.

The 2016-2017 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 soft launched on July 1, 2016 with a public launch in October in honor of Head Start Awareness Month.  What better way to celebrate than to help support our efforts to raise awareness through advocacy for the year to come!

This year we’ve improved our on-line giving ability to ensure that each and every on-line donation will be credited to a local program, state and region.  Programs can fundraise through on-line donations and/or community events.  There will be a turn-key activity for parents and programs highlighted each month and the program that raises the most per capita per child will be honored as our monthly winner! To learn more about how to fundraise for DPC and find turn-key activities to help you in your efforts participate in our webinar on October, 6th at 3pm. Register here.

At the opening session of the 2017 NHSA Annual Conference in Chicago, we will recognize the states, programs, regions and corporate sponsors who have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to Dollar per Child once again by presenting a check before thousands of their colleagues to the 2016-2017 campaign! We will also announce the top contributing program, region and state to date!

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" and check out our Dollar per Child Toolkit, equipped with turn-key fundraising activities, best practices and the do’s and don’ts for a program and staff in their fundraising efforts.

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. And for an even easier review, check out our Do’s and Don’ts of DPC fundraising.

Special thanks to Discount School Supply, Dollar per Child’s top corporate friend for the 2015-2016 Campaign!


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