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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, NHSA 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 Head Start ended up with a $300 million increase - a $1.5 billion up 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 due to sequestration. By mid-January 2014, the cuts were successfully restored and an additional $500 million was added for the expansion of Early Head Start.
  • Additional advocacy efforts resulted in this new Early Head Start funding becoming permanent.
  • In 2015, NHSA led a year-long, national celebration of Head Start's 50th anniversary. Advocacy activity on social media channels reached nearly 7 million people on May 18th alone!
  • Moreover, in celebration of Head Start’s 50th, 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, and over 40 visits by Members of Congress to local their Head Start program.
  • 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.  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 and families on hundreds of Capitol Hill visits. In 2017, NHSA organized the first ever Parents as Leaders training program in Washington, DC.  More than 450 parents from all across the country learned new leadership skills and had the opportunity to educate members of Congress at the Families Unite for Head Start Hill Day and Spirit Rally.
  • Perhaps most importantly of all, we continue to provide a unified voice for millions of Head Start children, pregnant mothers and their families.

The 2017-2018 Campaign

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

The campaign started on July 1, 2017 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.

This year we’ve improved our online 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.

At the opening session of the 2018 NHSA Annual Conference, we will recognize the programs, states, regions and partners who have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to Dollar per Child once again by presenting a check before thousands of their colleagues! We will also announce the top contributing program, state and region 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 and best practices for a program and staff.

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 2016-2017 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