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? 

Apple Country Head Start receives grant to purchase a new school bus

WINCHESTER, Va. - Apple Country Head Start in the Northern Shenandoah Valley has been awarded a grant  to purchase a 28-seat passenger bus. 
The bus will be used to transport children to and from the head start programs. Apple Country Head Start is a federally-funded, state-licensed, preschool program that serves 162 children in Frederick County, Clarke County and the City of Winchester.
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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.  

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