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 preschool aged children have benefited from Head Start.

Click here to view our 2017 Annual Report.

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.


Head Start is making a difference! 

Letter to a Head Start Program Director:

Prince William County GraduateGood Morning Mrs. Channell,

As we embark on our last week with our little Head Start child, I wanted to thank you for all you have done for her and for our family.

I know that people question if Head Start really has an impact, and if it makes a difference....please let everyone know that YES it does. You know how it has changed our family...and look at how it instilled a love of learning in Ariana!

Head Start is where she began to love to learn. She began to know how much fun it was to read, and what it meant to show love and compassion for others.

Yesterday was her Senior Awards Ceremony. She received: President's Educational Gold, National Honor Society, Center for Environmental Science Honors, and recognition for her NOYCE full tuition scholarship to Randolph-Macon College. This is in addition to the Growing Our Own Ceremony in which Ariana received her graduation cords for the teacher-prep classes she had taken and the fact that she had passed the ParaPro exam to become a well-qualified Teacher's Assistant.

She will be back in a few years teaching Chemistry to other Prince William County Students.

Does Head Start really make a difference in the life of a child? Just look at this one!

Thank you!

What's the latest? 

May 18, 2018 is Head Start’s 53rd birthday! Join us in celebrating by helping ensure the voices of the #HeadStart community are heard throughout Congress, in the White House, and in our state capital.

As a special birthday gift, please consider contributing $19.65 to our Dollar Per Child campaign, in honor of the program’s founding on this day in 1965, to help us advocate on Head Start’s behalf - http://bit.ly/DPC53

Conference News

Registration for the 2018 Directors Council open.

Registration for the 2018 Infant Toddler Conference is open.

Call for Proposals for the Health & Family Institute are now being accepted.