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.
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.
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The Virginia Head Start Association strives to engage all partners, including parents, teachers, family service workers, and managers to keep the success story of Head Start alive for elected and public officials, community partners, and taxpayers. Head Start is publicly funded but this funding should not be taken for granted. Head Start parents and advocates play a key role in establishing and maintaining positive communication with the legislative and administrative branches of government.
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The Virginia Head Start Association recently hosted our Health Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, welcoming health specialists, family service Head Start specialists, and other health professionals. The conference was pleased to have Rashanda Jenkins as the main presenter, a Region 3 TTA Health Specialist with over 13 years of experience serving the HS/EHS community. Ms. Jenkins […]Read More
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we want to share a profile of some attendees to our Annual Conference, The Chickahominy Tribe of Charles City, Virginia. While it is important to learn about the past and refocus our lens through the eyes of those who experienced it; it is also critical to see the […]Read More
We are proud to announce that we now have an online store! Just click on the SHOP button on the top right of our website and browse through our numerous products! We offer VAHSA branded products as well as EARLY HEAD START and HEAD START STRONG. We have ten categories of products to look through, […]Read More
Meet our Northwest parent Board Rep: Kerri Banks Kerri is our Northwest region Parent rep on our board. She is a parent with Skyline CAP Program. Kerri started with Head Start about 6 years ago when my son enrolled after he turned 3. Since then she has been on the policy council and just finished […]Read More
While you can see all of our Board and meeting minutes on our Leadership page here: https://headstartva.org/about-us/our-leadership/ We want to share a little bit more about a few of our Members! The Virginia Head Start Association Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of four regions – Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest – and individuals […]Read More
We have many new program Directors for 2022 and we would like to welcome and support them here on our VAHSA website. If you know of anyone who should be profiled here, please email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sharon Shuttle People Incorporated of Virginia Director of Child & Family Development As a former Head […]Read More
We are pleased to announce the 2022 winners of our Annual Nancy Elmore Scholarship recipients. The Nancy Elmore Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for two people to receive some financial assistance with their continuing education expenses. Named in honor of Nancy Elmore, who has been an integral part of Virginia Head Start programs for many years, the […]Read More
Reconceptualizing Social Determinants of Health and Working Towards Systemic Change . . . is one of the many engaging offerings we have lined up for our Virtual Health and Family Institute Conference which will run the week of March 28-April 1, 2022. Presented by Dr. Anjali Gowda Ferguson, PhD, attendees will have an […]Read More
The 2020 VAHSA Parent Ambassadors visited Richmond on January 22 to share their compelling stories with State Delegates and Senators about how Head Start has impacted their lives. They valued the opportunity to meet with State Legislators and shared powerful and inspirational examples of how families partner with Head Start to help prepare their children […]Read More
Our group with First Lady Pam Northam Virginia Head Start Parent Ambassadors joined other ECE stakeholders in advocating for early childhood education at the State Capitol. They brought their children on a “playdate” with delegates, senators, and the First Lady of Virginia to thank them for their investments. Head Start Director Yesenia De La Cruz […]Read More
By Jennifer Lazzo Head Start. It’s an easily recognizable name, but do you know what the program is designed to do? Head Start provides young children from low-income families and children with disabilities with one free year of education, preparing them to enter kindergarten ready to listen to instructions, play well with fellow students and lead by example. The […]Read More
The Governor and First Lady announced an Executive Directive to establish an Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness, which will be co-chaired by Commissioner Duke Soren and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway. The team is being tasked with two core objectives: Ensure that all at-risk three-year-olds and four-year-olds in Virginia have access to a […]Read More
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. 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 […]Read More
Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start, visited Prince William County Head Start program on June 5, 2018. Dr. Bergeron visited three Head Start classrooms to learn more about a collaboration between Head Start and the high school students enrolled in ECE at Gar-Field High School, an inclusion classroom at Mullen Elementary […]Read More