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Membership FAQ


How do I join NHSA?

There are two ways you can join NHSA:

  • Submit an application and payment by mail to:

National Head Start Association
Attn: Membership
P.O. Box 829929
Philadelphia, PA 19182-9929 


What benefits do program staff, parents, and board members receive?

All staff, parents and board members of member Head Start programs automatically receive access to member only resources and discounts to NHSA conferences and other events. The discount is given by simply choosing the organization name during registration and if the organization is a member, the member rate will be applied. Membership also includes access to My NHSA member only website with access to newsletters, resources, forums and printing your membership card. View Membership Benefits for more details.

What membership type do I qualify for?

Please visit our Membership Types to review the various Membership Types available.

What is the cost of membership?

There are a variety of membership types; the membership type chosen dictates the cost of the NHSA membership. Visit our Membership Fees page for more details.

How long will my membership last?

The NHSA membership is an annual membership that runs each year from July 1st through June 30th.  If an applicant signs up for membership in the middle of the membership term they will only receive the months that remain in the term.

Can I get a refund?

Annual NHSA memberships are non-refundable or cancel-able during the membership year.

How long will it take to activate my membership?

When your membership is processed, you immediately will receive an email to set up your password and a welcome letter. You can log into My NHSA to print your membership card.



How do we receive membership cards for our staff?

Membership cards may be printed by the individual through access to the My NHSA member portal. Agencies may input a roster of individuals they wish to receive ID cards.

To update the roster, please go to My NHSA on the home page. A unique name and email address is needed to receive access to the NHSA member website and a membership ID card. With a unique email address and password for My NHSA, your staff member can log into My NHSA, click Profile and then click View Membership Card. We recommend using personalized, unique email addresses for employees and not generic adresses such as


Who should I submit for my employee/parent roster?

Staff, parents and board members wishing to receive a unique membership card and/or access to My NHSA, the member only area of the NHSA website, can receive these member benefits if their name and a unique email address are entered into the organization roster. An administrative staff person can manage the individuals who are on the organization roster. A priority for NHSA is to have direct contact with all senior level staff and key spokespersons (ie. Executive Directors, Director, Education Coordinator, Policy Council/Governing Body Chair) from an agency. We strongly encourage you to provide those names, titles and email to us annually to keep you up-to-date.


How do I submit my employee/parent roster?

To submit or modify your employee roster, please visit My NHSA and log in with a primary contact or program administration contact email and password.  If you need to assign a staff member program administration access to manage your roster, please contact


Who is an Administrative Contact?

An Administrative Contact is a designated Staff member(s) - usually a Administrative Assistant, Secretary, Human Resources Specialist - to handle your program's clerical NHSA affairs.


How do I designate an Administrative Contact?

Send your request to and include your program’s name, the name and email address for the specified staff member.


Grantee, Delegates, Partners

NHSA membership benefits extends to individuals who are employed or enrolled with the agency named in the membership application. Grantees' membership does not extend to delegate or partner organizations. Delegate or partners organizations can secure membership benefits by paying dues directly to NHSA. Grantees wishing to pay for delegate or partners should contact NHSA for support.


Who receives discounts to institutes, conferences and events?

Program staff, parents and board members of member organizations are eligible for member discounts to institues, conferences and events.

Discounts for Professional Development

Discounts to all professional development opportunities are a benefit from your organizations membership with NHSA. Individual membership does not qualify for discounts to our events.