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Press Releases & Statements

Head Start Welcomes Introduction of the Head Start Extended Duration Grants Act

New legislation would enable Head Start to better support children and families   WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) today applauded the introduction of the Head Start Extended Duration Grants Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, led by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D–OH) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R–OH) would provide funds for Head Start programs to extend their hours of operation, providing quality care and education for children and increased flexibility for working parents and caregivers. 

Head Start Community Concerned by Lack of Support in COVID-19 Relief Bill

Programs Need at Least $1.7 Billion in Emergency Funding to Open Safely and Effectively  WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) today expressed immediate concern that supplemental COVID-19 response funding legislation proposed by Senate majority leadership fails to include support for Head Start. While the proposed legislation includes funding to support schools and child care providers in reopening, it does not include the $1.7 billion Head Start programs need to avert a devastating funding shortfall.

Head Start Applauds Congressional Champions for Support amidst COVID-19

More than 125 members of Congress endorse critical COVID-19 support for Head Start

Head Start Mourns the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association’s Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci, issued the following statement on the legacy of U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon John Lewis, who passed away Friday at the age of 80. 

Head Start Community Appreciates Congressional Commitment to At-Risk Children and Families

House bill increases annual funding for Head Start, but COVID-19 response needs emerge

Remarks of NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci to the Head Start Community

"Head Start was born during another era of fighting for equal justice, an era envisioned by its activists to be the end of racism, discrimination, and oppression." "Unhappily, we have not progressed as far as a nation in the 55 years since as we should have, or as we need to. And now, it is up to us, all of us, to make it happen.

Head Start Welcomes Infusion of $750 Million to Shore Up Services Impacted by COVID-19

Bill Also Will Help Stabilize Child Care, Nutrition, Housing, and Other Services Critical for Head Start Children and Families  

A Message from Executive Director Yasmina Vinci

Dear Head Start Community,  I write to let you know that the 2020 National Head Start Conference and Expo will not take place in person and we are in the process of transitioning to a fully virtual experience. Over the past several weeks, NHSA has been closely monitoring the spread of this virus and the implications it will have for the health and safety of Head Start children, families, and staff, as well as for the nation and the global community. 

Head Start Joins Allies in Giving “Power to the Profession”

Early Childhood Education Community Coalesces Over Framework for Elevating Profession

New Resource: How States Can Utilize a Ready-Built Support for At-Risk Children and Families

Brief Outlines Variety of Ways States Are Investing in Head Start   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), today released an issue brief detailing the variety of ways state lawmakers fill critical service gaps for children and families from at-risk backgrounds by investing in Head Start programs.


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