Welcome to the Virginia Head Start Association 

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families.

Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. Head Start is a child-centered, family focused, comprehensive and community-based program. Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health, social services and parent involvement opportunities to low-income children and their families. More than 21 million pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start.

Our Mission

The Virginia Head Start Association dedicates itself to training and advocacy which enhances and fosters growth of individual members, member agencies, partners and others who impact the lives of children and families.

What's the latest? 

We had a FANTASTIC Advocacy Trip to Washington DC, June 23-26, 2017.  If you are on FB, please “Like Us” –  Virginia Head Start Association. You will see many pictures that tell the story of our trip. I have not had time to write-up a recap yet, but plan to soon. 

VAHSA Board Members Cathlene, Pam, and Edna did a wonderful job speaking to Congressman. We had a total of 16 Head Start parents Tuesday (including parents from Stafford, Orange, Fredericksburg, and Hopewell) and I met another group of 6 parents from Campagna Center on Wednesday.  All totaled, we had appointments with 11 out of the 13 House and Senate members for Virginia. 

The parents’ heart and soul speak for themselves as they tell their story about how Head Start has impacted their lives.  It is powerful to listen and feel renewed and recharged about why we do what we do for children and families.  Our advocacy matters – and I thank all of those who participated.  Head Start Works!

Dawn Ault, Executive Director

Click to see pictures

Conference News

Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Conference. Be sure to check out the workshop schedule prior to registering. You will be asked to select your workshops when you register.  Vendor registration is now open as well. 

Directors Council will be June 20-22, 2017 at the Wyndham Hotel in Virginia Beach. Registration will be opening soon.

Infant Toddler conference will not be held in 2017.

Health & Family Institute will be November 15-17, 2017 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. Registration will be opening soon.  

Click to view Annual Conference Page