STATE ADVOCACY
Addressing policy conflicts between state and federal regulation.

CHSA works with a coalition of early childhood education and care providers and advocates to address policy conflicts between state and federal regulations, and improve California policy and funding for early childhood services.

FEDERAL ADVOCACY
Helping support and advance head start.

Head Start California works closely with the National Head Start Association to build and sustain positive relationships on Capitol Hill to support and advance Head Start.

CONFERENCES & LEARNING
Continued learning to support Head Start leaders, staff, parents & partners.

We create opportunities for learning and connecting to help you better serve your community. Head Start California convenes three major conferences each year tailored to the needs of Head Start leadership, staff, parents, and other partners. Head Start CA is the Family Development Credential state coordinator for the state of California, providing members access to FDC courses.

HEAD START JOBS ACCESS

We want to help support the recruitment and retention of Head Start staff which is why all Head Start California members receive access to jobsatheadstart.org. This access allows you to post to the community for jobs available at your agency.

COMMUNICATION & UPDATES

We’ll keep you in the loop with relevant news and events occurring in the California Head Start community. Directors’ Update is one of the communications we send out that will help keep you informed on a wide range of issues that affect your program.

COORDINATION & COLLABORATION

Head Start California works closely with the California State Head Start Collaboration Office, the California Department of Education and other state agencies on policy and regulatory issues that affect Head Start programs in different areas.


Why should your program join Head Start California?

“Head Start needs support from state and federal workers in order to continue our mission of preparing children and families for success in Kindergarten and in life. Head Start California recognizes and supports this mission and provides a unified voice for all Head Start agencies in California. Collaboration with Head Start California and state and federal leaders will allow Head Start agencies like E Center to continue the great work we do in building healthy children, families and communities.”"

Elizabeth Solton"
E Center Head Start"

“Head Start provided my daughter with a caring center, patient teachers and safe and positive environment. When entering TK, and Kindergarten she was ready for school and is often ahead of other peers. My daughter is now in 2nd grade and her teachers in 1st and 2nd have prepared me for GATE classes for her as she is advanced, a fluent reader, models perfect attendance and has amazing leadership qualities. I thank Head Start for these building blocks. We cried when left the program as we felt so connected to all of the wonderful center staff. Also, my daughter’s best friend in the classroom was visually impaired. This taught her empathy, compassion and understanding.”"

Iris"
Sylvan Head Start – Modesto, Head Start parent"
Supporters of Head Start CA

Head Start California Membership FAQ
Who can join Head Start California?

Head Start California membership is available to the 150+ Head Start and Early Head Start delegate and grantee programs across the state.

Why should I join Head Start California?

Head Start California advocates for its members at the federal, state and local county level ensuring that members speak with a unified voice about the challenges facing California’s most vulnerable families, and the Head Start community that serves them.

By communicating with members, and creating opportunities for learning and connecting, Head Start California members are increasingly engaged, unified and supported as they work to better serve their clients and communities.

How can joining Head Start California save me time and money?

1) We offer numerous education opportunities discounted for members including Parent and Family Engagement Conference, Annual Education Conference, Health Institute, Policy and Leadership Conference and Family Development Credential.

2) Creates strategic and corporate partner relationships in early education and childhood development to expand the resources and opportunities available to members.

3) Saves members time by enabling faster access to the entire Head Start community for issues that matter.

How do I renew/join Head Start California?

Join or renew at any time using the Member Login link at the top of the homepage. After login look for the “renew” button on your dashboard.

How much does it cost to join Head Start California?

Membership dues are based on Head Start program budget size. Use the membership selector below to determine your annual membership.

When is the membership year?

The membership year runs June 30 – July 1.

Join the Head Start California community.

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