National Head Start Association


Membership Types


Open to all Head Start, Early Head Start, Alaska Native/American Indian, and Migrant and Seasonal grantees and delegates.


Head Start Staff - Employed by a Head Start Program and not a Head Start parent

Head Start Alumnus
- Former Head Start Parent or Former Head Start Student, not employed by a Head Start program

Friend of Head Start
- Someone interested in supporting Head Start

- Someone employed by a University, College, or Research Organization

- A Head Start parent with a child currently attending a Head Start program

Student - Enrolled in a college or university, and not employed by a Head Start program


Affiliate members include national, regional, and state Head Start Associations


Available to three groups of non-grantee organizations: Non Profits, For Profit Corporations, and University, College, and Research Organizations.

Being an NHSA member is a rich experience.

Membership provides a rare opportunity to belong to a community passionate about being a window of opportunity for our most vulnerable children and their families. Membership also provides opportunities for professional development and access to a wealth of Head Start and Early Head Start resources.



Download a printable (PDF) application: Individual, Program, Affiliate/Associate.


What Members are Saying:


“I try to send as many staff as I can to NHSA conferences and Institutes. They can get training in a wider range of content areas there than we can get in the region or state. It is critical they hear from so many national experts. The discount we receive as an NHSA member means I can send more staff.” 



“NHSA membership provides a unique opportunity to participate in making public policy that will affect a generation of Americans. As an NHSA member, I get up-to-the-minute information about what is happening on Capitol Hill and can participate in activities that help protect my program and the children and families in my community.”