Welcome to Virginia Head Start Association!

The Head Start community in Virginia is a close, supportive network. We like to think of our fellow Head Start administrators, teachers, family advocates, home visitors, health coordinators, mental health consultants, bus drivers, cooks, and HR staff as part of a diverse team working together to provide the very best early childhood educational experience for Virginia's children. 

Dawn Ault, Executive Director

As an integral part of our community, Virginia Head Start Association's mission is really about you -- we are dedicated to help you grow as individuals and as programs, whether through training, education, advocacy or community building. We are only as strong as our members. If you have ideas on how to make VAHSA an even stronger organization, please share those with us.

Thank you for all you do, every day, to have a positive impact on the lives of Virginia's children and families. 

What's the Latest?    

Office of Head Start has a New Director

Announcement from the Office of Head Start, February 22, 2021

Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Head Start (OHS) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Futrell, a Head Start child, began her career as an assistant Head Start teacher in Richmond, Virginia. She came to OHS in the Biden Administration from the National Head Start Association (NHSA), where she was most recently the senior director for effective practice. Prior to NHSA, Dr. Futrell led superintendent certification programs at the American Association of School Administrators.

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Director's Council
June 22-24, 2021
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel
Virginia Beach, VA

Annual Conference
November 9-11, 2021
Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg, VA

Health & Family Institute
March 30-April 1, 2022
Doubletree Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA