Announcing the Book Club!

We’ll be reading books on a range of topics that are related to the work of Head Start programs.

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About the Book Club

We’re thrilled to announce our next book– Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason!

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. Help us spread the word and grow the conversation– share Book Club with your coworkers! The Book Club uses Facebook discussions, calls, and a listserv to make content accessible to all members. Sign up for the Book Club today to join our conversation!


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Born Bright

Born Bright is the story of Head Start alum C. Nicole Mason and her journey out of poverty.


Previous Books

Following his inspiring talk at NHSA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the Book Club’s third book was How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.

How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed is a collection of the stories and science of educators and researchers and will change the way that readers think about raising children. What determines whether children succeed?


Our second Book Club book was from an author that so many of our members expressed an interest in reading. Jonathan Kozol has been writing award-winning books for nearly 50 years and has changed the way that many view poverty. Amazing Grace received the Ansfield-Wolf Book Award for its powerful depiction of life in the South Bronx. In Amazing Grace, Kozol recounts his conversations with the city’s residents, ultimately providing a social commentary that will stay with readers long after they’ve finished the book.



About Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s classic book on life and death in the South Bronx– the poorest urban neighborhood of the United States. He brings us into overcrowded schools, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested homes where families have been ravaged by depression and anxiety, drug-related violence, and the spread of AIDS. But he also introduces us to devoted and unselfish teachers, dedicated ministers, and– at the heart and center of the book– courageous and delightful children. The children we come to meet through the friendships they have formed with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous, and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them. Amidst all of the despair, it is the very young whose luminous capacity for love and transcendent sense of faith in human decency give reason for hope.


​Our first book for the winter of 2015 was Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives. Author Eldar Shafir of Princeton University joined us in Washington, DC as the opening keynote of our Winter Leadership Institute on February 1st, 2016. Given the demands on time and energy that many Head Start staff experience in their work and the stresses of poverty that affect all the families Head Start works with, Scarcity will offer valuable insight and the basis for thought-provoking discussions.



About Scarcity

In this provocative book based on cutting-edge research, Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before.

Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus, and Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.

Questions? Email Cody Kornack.

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