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Center on the States
Cultivating, supporting, and disseminating innovations
As the nation’s leading federally funded early learning program, Head Start serves children and families in every state and congressional district in the country with a consistently high level of quality. However, Head Start’s role in each state differs greatly based on local systems and models.

Head Start Capacity in the States

In late 2013, the National Head Start Association conducted a survey to assess the structure, engagement, and influence of State and Regional Head Start Associations on state-level policy.

Affiliate Head Start Association Contacts

Find the contact information for our Affiliate Head Start Association partners

Head Start State Collaboration Offices

First created in 1990, Head Start Collaboration Offices in each State (and nationally with the Migrant/Seasonal and American Indian/Alaskan Native communities) facilitate partnerships and encourage collaboration between Head Start and other state early learning entities.