National Head Start Association

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Description:  The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.  In addition to life and school preparedness, Head Start is also the nation’s laboratory for early learning innovation. Head Start offers a unique whole child/whole family program design coupled with a delivery system that includes local programs, national standards, monitoring, professional development, and family engagement.  

  • Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start:
    • Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
    • Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
    • Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
    • Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services they need.
  • Head Start Locator


Address:  1651 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314 

Phone Number:  703-739-0875 



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