A word from the Executive Director

Dear Virginia Head Start Association Members,

Our hope is that you leave our website with more knowledge, resources, and inspiration than you came with, and therefore feel charged to continue your hard work on the ground. We make this investment to you because there seems to be no greater charge than the work of empowering the dedicated staff who work with young children, families, and communities to ensure bright futures in our society.

The Virginia Head Start Association is honored to unify our Head Start programs with one voice, to advocate and collaborate, and to provide educational and social-emotional opportunities that further our success. To Head Start staff, parents, and community partners, you have our respect and admiration each and every day, as you quietly go about improving the lives of Virginia’s children and families.

Our new tagline, Building Community, is the crux of our mission. Head Start embodies a two-generation approach by enriching the lives of our children and families. We are committed to moving forward with our eye on families, despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We focus on building community resources and partners so Head Start staff and families can be successful with the support of quality comprehensive services in their local community. As they say, “It takes a village” and I sincerely thank you for being one of our devoted villagers.


Dawn Ault
Executive Director


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