Welcome to the Virginia Head Start Association 

What is Head Start?

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 preschool aged children have benefited from Head Start.

2019 Virginia Head Start Fact Sheet

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.

What's the latest?

 50 Years with Community Improvement Council Head Start.

A local woman is celebrating a big milestone. Gloria Pritchett celebrates 50 years on the job, as a teacher with Community Improvement Council Head Start in Danville. She started in 1969 and has been teaching ever since. Head Start is for 3 and 4-year-olds. She says she continues to teach because she loves children. And right now, she has no plans to retire. 

Watch her story here


Voices for Virginia’s Children 2019 Election Guide is now available! Use this guide to interact with candidates running for House and Senate to ask questions about issues impacting children and families in Virginia. This guide includes infographics, data, and talking points on early childhood education, foster care, mental health, family economic security and trauma-informed care.   

Other resources can be found here. 


Virginia first lady Pamela Northam's Back to School Tour

The Walker–Grant Center was the second stop of the day on the first lady’s second annual Back to School Tour. She’s visiting early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the state’s eight superintendent regions this month to highlight the importance of school readiness. Monday’s tour also included stops in King George and Spotsylvania counties, and ended with the ribbon cutting for the North Star Early Childhood Education Center in Stafford County.

Read more about her visit here

Conference News

Health & Family Institute
November 13-15, 2019
DoubleTree Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA 23235

Annual Conference
March 31-April 2, 2020
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Director's Council 
June 23-25, 2020
Sheraton Ocean Front Hotel
3501 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Education Summit
August 13-14, 2020
Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704