Who We Are and What We Do

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association (PHSA) is a non-profit membership organization. We advocate for Head Start families, programs, and staff in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association creates ONE CLEAR, POWERFUL VOICE for children and families who are economically challenged. We embrace diversity and unify the early childhood community by being a responsive, thriving organization, leading the charge for training, information sharing, advocacy and comprehensive services.

Pennsylvania Head Start Association’s purpose is to maximize the cumulative talents of Early Head Start/Head Start parents, staff, administrators and friends to collectively improve the future for economically challenged children, families and communities, by providing quality leadership, training, information and advocacy at the local, state, regional and national levels.

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, a non-partisan association serving as a voice for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable children and families.



2020 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Lila Jones alumni of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership Head Start. 

Lila's academics and extracurricular passions made her a standout applicant.  She will be continuing her educations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a focus on pre-med chemistry. 


 2020 Francine Bunch Award Recipients

Congratulations to April Joi Payne, a Head Start Parent who embodies the qualities of Francine Bunch through her community connections, involvement, and relationships. 

Another congratulations is in order for Tonya Jasper, a Staff Member at Capital Area Head Start. Tonya creates strong community partnerships so that families can access resources and services. 


Program Spotlight

Summer Start at Community Services for Children is a summer program that targets currently enrolled Head Start children who are transitioning to kindergarten this fall. Ten classrooms throughout Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton each serve 10 children per classroom.  



Did you hear the news?

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association is putting on their first ever virtual conference in August! Please visit this page for more information about the sessions being offered. If you are a potential exhibitor, this is the place for you.  Interested in sponsoring? Check out the different packages we're offering!