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. 

Great news! On January 22nd, we learned of the passage of federal legislation that reauthorized funding of the popular, bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2023. Congressional funding of CHIP, known as FAMIS in Virginia, enables some 69,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia to keep their health insurance. It also eliminates the possibility that Virginia would have to significantly increase state budgetary support of FAMIS had Congress failed to act. 

Be sure to let your federal representatives know you appreciate this legislation to support CHIP funding! Click here to find your representatives. 



Conference News

Registration for the 2018 Annual Conference is now open.

We have an exciting lineup this year.  

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