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One Vision, One Voice, One Plan

What is Head Start?

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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 pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start.

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.

We value …

A culturally diverse organization that speaks with a unified voice for the betterment of Head Start children and families in Virginia.

Quality leadership, trained advocacy, professional development, and effective communication.

Quality education that provides an equal start for all children.

Services to families that empower them to engage in long term self-sustaining practices that create better homes and better communities for the future. These include health and nutrition, goal-setting, family asset building, and ecological practices that promote a sustainable environment.