The NATIONAL HEAD START ASSOCIATION is the national affiliate of the Pennsylvania Head Start Association.  PHSA is proud of its strong partnership with NHSA, the Associations work together to create a unified national voice for Head Start.  We highly recommend you view NHSA’s ONE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY ADVOCACY VIDEO.

NHSA’s Vision

To lead


To be the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.

To advocate.

To work diligently for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed.

NHSA’s Mission

Our mission is to coalesce, inspire and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.

We are compelled to fulfill this mission by the promise of all the possible outcomes:

  • one powerful, united Head Start voice;
  • a collegial, collaborative Head Start field, one that is a valuable and valued partner and resource to early childhood development and education;
  • nonpartisan support of increased Federal commitment to Head Start and, ultimately
  • healthier, empowered children and families and stronger, more vibrant communities.

NHSA’s Values

We are determined to play a valued leadership role in this country’s efforts to educate and serve its most vulnerable children and families.

We are actively committed to being a high-impact organization.

We value partnerships and collaboration and are intent on transforming ourselves into a relationship-based organization.

We are accountable to our members and funders, practicing the highest standards of governance and financial stewardship, ensuring transparency in our operationsand living up to the highest standards of quality.