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.

2020 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?


“The Virginia Head Start Association congratulates the following Head Start partners for achieving state recognition as Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care providers – advancing the best nutrition for little ones!”  

* Child Development Resources - First Steps CDC @ Lafayette High School 

* Child Development Resources - First Steps CDC @ Griffin Yeates 

* Scott County Weber City Early Head Start: Weber City, Virginia

* Stafford Head Start - Rising Star Early Childhood Education Center Head Start- Fredericksburg, VA 

* Stafford Head Start - North Star Early Head Start: Stafford, VA

* Step Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start- Franklin County: Rocky Mount, VA


Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care 

Virginia Head Start programs are not only exceptional leaders in early care education, but they lead by supporting children and families in meeting their health and nutritional goals!

We encourage your program to become recognized as a breastfeeding leader in a Virginia designation for Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care (BFF EC) exemplars.  In addition to ensuring that babies in care get this ideal nutritional start, BFF EC-recognized programs receive a framed certificate and window cling that tells families looking for breastfeeding support that your program is ready!  In addition, all programs are listed on the Child Care Aware-Virginia (CCA-VA) statewide map here.

The BFF EC application and demonstrate best practice BFF EC standards are on the CCA-VA website. Head Start programs are already meeting many of BFF EC standards.

If you have questions about the BFF EC recognition program or need technical assistance, please contact Jaclyn Powers, [email protected], or Susanne Rakes, [email protected].

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