Dear Readers and Head Start Advocates:

The National Head Start Association blog has moved to nhsa.org. Over the next month, we plan to gradually republish our Medium collection on our website. You will be able to find everything in one place, including stories about BOLD Leadership, our amazing alumni, and Dr. B’s Touchpoint, and much more.

Thank you to our readers and to our many guest authors who have created an incredible collection of content representing the diverse body of work made possible by the nationwide Head Start community.


How the American Rescue Plan led to a rebirth in connecting families to expanded community supports in Berks County, PA

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) passed by the U.S. Congress in March 2021 represents an all-government effort to reduce the worst educational, health, and economic effects of COVID-19. Head Start programs can play a critical role in informing ARP spending decisions at the community level and connecting families to support…


This edition of Alumni Spotlight features the journeys of two members of the Head Start ‘parent-staff-alumni’ club — a unique designation but not an uncommon one. …


As early education programs look to reopen for the new school year, they are facing a workforce crisis. Quality, qualified staff are hard to come by and, in some cases, the shortages are preventing classrooms from reopening.

This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra hosted a roundtable discussion…


September 2021

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Hello, NHSA community. Welcome to another edition of this Touchpoint. By now, you’re probably back in your buildings with new program years up and running. I hope things are going well for you.

Love Note

Let’s get started with our love note. This love note is a really easy…


2020 BOLD Thinker: Macy Jones

In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming…


2020 BOLD Thinker: Maria McNair

In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming…


Last week we looked at all the work the House of Representatives has done for Head Start over the past eight months. On the other side of the hill, Head Start has seen tremendous support from the Senate, too. Let’s take a look.

Ceiling of the Hart Senate Office building.

In January, nine new Senate members joined…


2020 BOLD Game Changer: Nicolee Mensing

In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming…


Four pictures of cute todders with a quote above them that says: “America’s new universal preschool system must be holistic, meeting the full range of children’s needs — learning, health, mental health, and economic stability for their families. Fortunately, there is already a national preschool program with a model fit for this moment: Head Start.
Quote from the Children’s Equity Project recent report, Building a Universal Preschool System Around Head Start.

Right now, through the American Families Plan (AFP) President Biden is calling for a national partnership with states to offer free, high-quality, and inclusive preschool to all three- and four-year-olds. According to the White House, this expansion could benefit five million children.

With this focus on a major expansion of…

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