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In honor of National Reading Month this March NHSA is partnering with actor and author Taye Diggs to p
Pay for Success in Early Childhood
As a new president is inaugurated, let’s recommit ourselves to serving Head Start children and families.
The Real Risk of Lead
Go Smart is an innovative digital platform that enables children aged 0-5 to easily engage in developmentally appropriate physical activities.
NHSA and the NAACP began an historic partnership in 2016 aimed at empowering Head Start families by facilitating voter registration opportunities, health care enrollment, and fair housing advocacy.
NHSA and the Family Reading Partnership are joining forces to increase awareness and support for all for families to engage in reading aloud at home with the goal that every Head Start Child will grow up knowing that books are their Super Power.
Combining imaginative play with problem solving and critical thinking, Recycle Your Way to STEAM provides easy and fun activities that introduce STEAM concepts in an age-appropriate way.
The NHSA Book Club is designed to facilitate rich discussions among Head Start staff across the country about books that are relevant to the issues involved in working with vulnerable children, families, and communities. 
Parent, Family, and Community Engagment Study
“Opening the Doors” is a free, A-to-Z toolkit that gives Head Start directors and staff step-by-step advice and templates that can be tailored to help start and grow their community volunteer programs
In 1965, our nation made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for at-risk children through "Project Head Start." In the 50 years since, nearly 32 million Americans have attended Head Start. Are you one of them?
Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships  
The NHSA Quality Initiative: Head Start Performance Excellence and Quality Recognition program is the only program of its kind recognizing and supporting excellence and outstanding performance of Head Start programs across the nation. 
The Two Generations Together Initiative is focused on increasing awareness of two-generation adult education and job training models that are part of the comprehensive child and family services delivered by Head Start programs across the country. ​
The First Advocates Pilot Project will nurture parent voices and empower a select group of Head Start parents as leaders who can carry out a variety of strategic advocacy activities in their communities and around the nation.
NHSA is excited to be launching a partnership with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) that will provide grants of over $160,000 over three years to five Head Start programs to enhance their family engagement work by incorporating NCFL's Family Learning program.