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.

 Register Today!

February's Administrators & Leaders Meeting will be held across a span of three days - February 23, 25, 26.

Join your Head Start colleagues to network, learn, ask questions, problem-solve and compete in a couple of (virtual) contests!

Click here to register!


Celebrate the successes of Head Start programs by honoring a Head Start Parent or Staff Member!

Nominate a Parent, former Parent or Staff Member for the Francine Bunch Award by downloading and completing the application. Applications must be submitted to [email protected]start.org by March 12, 2021. 



Become a Board Member!

We currently have openings representing the Parent and Staff membership groups.  PHSA is proud of its membership, our strengths and diversity. The Leadership and Governance committee encourages every program’s strongest leaders to consider being nominated in the appropriate group.

Candidate profiles and endorsement forms, if applicable, are due to the PHSA office by 5PM on February 26, 2021. Newly selected PHSA Board members will be announced at PHSA’s annual conference April 12, 2021.

A complete timeline, necessary forms, and more information about submitting a complete nomination can be found here