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.

2019 Virginia Head Start Fact Sheet

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?

Kidbox selects STEP's Head Start program for 50 States of Giving campaign. More than 200 Franklin, Patrick County kids from STEP, Inc. received brand-name clothing donations.

WSLS TV 10: https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/franklin/more-than-200-franklin-patrick-co-kids-receive-brand-name-clothing-donations

Franklin News Post - https://www.thefranklinnewspost.com/news/local-kids-get-new-clothes/article_2e2d4238-f8fc-55cf-a2bb-9784b337406a.html




Conference News

Health & Family Institute

November 13-15, 2019
DoubleTree Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA 23235

Annual Conference
March 31-April 2, 2020
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Director's Council 
June 23-25, 2020
Sheraton Ocean Front Hotel
3501 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451