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.

2017 Annual Report  2017 Virginia 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?

Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway, visit Head Start classrooms and other early childhood facilities in a Back to School Tour.   

First Lady of Virginia, Pamela Northam

In June 2018, First Lady Pamela Northam announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth. The First Lady will lead the effort to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education programs across Virginia, support the early childhood education workforce, and ensure that Virginia makes the most of early childhood education resources. “We believe that all children should have access to opportunities regardless of the circumstances into which they are born. Early childhood education is the best investment we can make in our future workforce,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “I look forward to bringing my experience as a parent, therapist, science educator, and environmentalist to continue advocating for our youngest and most vulnerable Virginians.” 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2018/06-jun21-gov.shtml

News Links of Back to School Tour:

https://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/first-lady-northam-visits-students-to-personally-welcome-them-back-to-school/1417736815

http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/First-Lady-Northam-kicks-off-back-to-school-tour-491500611.html 

https://www.wsls.com/news/va-first-lady-visits-giles-head-start-program-during-back-to-school-tour

https://augustafreepress.com/first-lady-pamela-northam-kicks-off-back-to-school-tour-in-southwest-virginia/

Conference News

Health & Family Institute

December 4-7, 2018
Doubletree Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA 23235

Registration open until November 21, 2018

Annual Conference

April 2-4, 2019
Southwest Higher Education Center
1 Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
Call for Proposals being accepted until November 1, 2018. 

Registration opening January 5, 2019.