Families Unite Campaign

This campaign aims to engage Head Start families in building lasting relationships with their members of Congress.

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Recognizing how Head Start uplifts our nation’s most vulnerable communities through unparalleled bold leadership.

The Head Start Read Aloud Challenge is an NHSA national initiative to read more. This is a challenge to adults who care about children to record yourself reading a story and then post it to social media. Through this initiative, we are promoting literacy and raising awareness of the learning loss that occurs when school is out for extended times.

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We want to share amazing transformation stories of Head Start children and families in local media outlets in every community across the nation.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Toolkit

NHSA and CCSSO have released a comprehensive toolkit to help school districts meet new federal requirements that they formally partner with Head Start.

This month, we encourage you to think about how you are grateful for Head Start! Whether you are a parent who has received job training, a teacher who had the opportunity to change the lives of children, or an alum who started your path to success at Head Start, we invite you to post and give thanks for Head Start!
NSHA is excited to announce that thanks to PNC Grow Up Great Head Start teachers are now eligible to register for DonorsChoose.org!

National Reading Month

In honor of National Reading Month this March NHSA is partnering with actor and author Taye Diggs to promote cultural understanding and pride while wishing Congress a Happy National Reading Month.

Pay for Success

NHSA is working on a white paper that will educate the field on the past, present, and future of Pay for Success in ECE. We also submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding the feasibility pilot.

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NHSA is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Garden Grants Project made possible with support from Chef Hugh Acheson, our Healthy Living Ambassador! While these are the initial awardees, be on the lookout for more garden grant opportunities in the very near future!

Starting America Early

As a new president is inaugurated, let’s recommit ourselves to serving Head Start children and families.

After the lead crisis in Flint, community leaders and doctors nationwide called for more access to Head Start. NHSA has been working with the programs in Flint to support and advocate for their role as a critical solution.

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.
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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 33 million Americans have attended Head Start. Are you one of them?
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. ​
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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.
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Head Start and Special Olympics have empowered tens of millions of children to reach their full potential. This partnership will help us all continue to work toward a more inclusive world for children of all abilities.