Current Initiatives

Empowered Parents & Families Initiative

What is it?

This initiative is designed to provide expanded opportunities for Head Start parents and families to learn, grow, and connect with other families.

When is it?

Every month, we will host a live webinar with nationally renowned speakers, dedicated to supporting parents in enhancing their relationships with their children.

Get involved!

This series is available for free.

Head Start is committed not just to the children it supports, but to their parents too. Each program engages parents as equal partners with their child’s teacher and helps families address their immediate needs while giving them support as they plan for future goals. At NHSA, we are proud to support programs in engaging parents. Our new Empowered Parents & Families initiative is designed to provide expanded opportunities for parents and families to learn, grow, and connect with other parents and families across the nation. Every month, we will host a live webinar with nationally renowned speakers, dedicated to supporting parents in creating encouraging home environments and enhancing their relationships with their children.  

Register here for access to the reoccurring webinar series. More information for each webinar coming soon!


Empowered Parents & Families Kick-Off Webinar

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7 pm ET

We’re kicking off our series with a webinar that will focus on 3 key ways to empower your family from the perspective of a father and son. Using storytelling, humor, and authenticity, father and son duo Avery and Brian Baker have real family conversations about real family issues, resulting in real family solutions. The 3 keys ways that will be explored are: 

  1. Open Conversations: Learn how to create a culture of understanding and unity. 
  2. Building Trust: Examine trust makers vs trust breakers. 
  3. Setting Expectations: Understand that expectations are a two-way street. 

View the recording here.


Parenting through a Pandemic & Racial Uprising: Trauma-Informed Parenting

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Featuring Head Start parent Dr. Williams, this webinar will provide insights from the perspective of a Head Start parent regarding how to support your child during this season of virtual learning and experiences while also taking care of your own wellness.

Register here.


Preschool Food Adventure with Pediatrician Dr. Yum

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Join the team of experts behind Dr. Yum's Preschool Food Adventure, a fun, interactive and multi-sensory curriculum proven to help kids learn to make friends with fruits and veggies.


Mind in the Making and Vroom Lessons from Parents and Programs

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Join NHSA as we share research on the development of young children, including the importance of life skills that build on and promote executive functions.


Supporting Summer Reading with Scholastic

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Come for an evening of fun and excitement as we celebrate Head Start’s Birthday! We will be joined by our friends at Scholastic to talk about how parents can support children's reading throughout the summer. Get in the spirit by printing out this coloring page or decorating your own birthday cake with Clifford.