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.

What's the latest? 

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as FAMIS in Virginia, expired on September 30, 2017 and states have been relying on supplemental funding to continue providing health insurance coverage to children currently enrolled in the program. Congress voted in December to extend CHIP, which is vitally important to so many Head Start families, through the end of March 2018. 

We have been doing some advocacy work within Virginia to highlight the importance of using state general fund dollars to ensure that 68,000 of Virginia’s children remain insured if Congress does not pass a long-term funding plan.  A special shout-out and thank you to parent Tabatha Buchanan from Hanover Preschool Initiative for her testimony (watch here) at the Richmond Public Hearing on January 3, 2018.  We are watching this situation closely and will also be taking a group of Head Start parents and staff to Washington DC on January 24, 2018 for more advocacy. 

Don’t just stay tuned, let your voice be heard!  Let your federal representatives know it is time to act on CHIP funding TODAY! Click here to find your representatives. 


Conference News

Workshop schedule is being finalized. Registration will be opening on or around January 26, 2018.