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Senate Passes $250 Million Increase for Head Start

Earlier today, the United States Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2019 funding package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.  The bill, which also included funding for the Department of Defense, includes a $250 million increase for Head Start in order to meet the rising costs of high-quality services for our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families. The bill will head to a conference committee with the United States House of Representatives.  

Head Start Leaders Call for Support in Responding to Opioids

Community-Embedded Programs Serve One Million Children from Birth to Age 5 WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) today called on Congress to appropriate $200 million in targeted grants to increase local Head Start program capacity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young children impacted by the opioid epidemic.

NHSA’s Data-Use Optimization Project Selected As Early Childhood Innovation Prize “Top Idea”

Gary Community Investments Will Help Accelerate Project’s Development WASHINGTON, DC — Among the 15 breakthrough solutions named the Early Childhood Innovation Prize’s “Top Ideas” is a practitioner-driven infrastructure project to increase the ability of Head Start programs to use data to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, the National Head Start Association announced today.

NHSA, State Legislatures Celebrate Head Start’s Birthday

NHSA Launching National Effort to Engage State Lawmakers

NHSA Leading Communications Initiative to Unify, Strengthen Head Start Community

Project is Funded by a Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation WASHINGTON, DC, May 3 – The National Head Start Association has launched a two-year grassroots-driven initiative to unite and strengthen the Head Start community through a common language that best communicates the mission and value of the nation’s largest early childhood development program. 

Workforce Catalyst Concludes With Commitments for Strengthening Head Start

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“Workforce Catalyst” Brings Together Leading Experts to Strengthen Head Start

For immediate releaseApril 24, 2018Contact: Robin Winchell (  “Workforce Catalyst” Brings Together Leading Experts to Strengthen Head Start Follow the Action at #WorkforceCatalyst

NHSA Comment on Appointment of Dr. Bergeron to Lead Office of Head Start

WASHINGTON, DC, April 23 – The National Head Start Association, a not-for-profit organization supporting the Head Start community, issued the following statement following the announcement that Dr. Deborah Bergeron would be the next director of the Office of Head Start.

Head Start Remembers First Lady Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON, DC, April 18, 2018 – The National Head Start Association’s Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci, commented on the legacy created by Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92.

Head Start Welcomes Boost in Federal Funding

Bipartisan Agreement Includes $610 Million Increase for FY 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – The Head Start community welcomed a significant increase in federal funding when a bipartisan funding agreement for fiscal year 2018 was released last night by Congressional leadership.


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