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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Keeping the Head Start Promise to Lead

The Head Start Belief

Head Start is rooted in the belief that every child has the ability to succeed in school and in life. Ending injustice, racism, and bias is fundamental to delivering on this promise.

Supporting Every Child

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are assurances that every person has value and deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.

NHSA's Commitment

In our support of Head Start programs and staff, we advocate for and advance practices that promote the principles outlined in the PFCE Framework.

Head Start was founded with the mission to empower marginalized Americans by partnering with families to prepare their children for success in school and life. At the National Head Start Association, we’re committed to supporting the Head Start community in continuing to create that change. 

Prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion within our programs and throughout our practices and relationships is essential to keeping the Head Start promise. We work to ensure that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. In our support of Head Start programs and staff, we advocate for and advance practices that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

We invite you to join us in this commitment. 

We have compiled lists of helpful resources to assist you with example practice information to consider as you lead and ensure safe and equitable learning environments for Head Start children, families and staff. We will continue to update these resources and invite you to share resources with us at newera@nhsa.org.

How Can We Support You?
We will continue to update these resources and invite you to share resources and let us know how we can better support your program’s needs.