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NOW OPEN: 2014/2015 NHSA Awards and Scholarships 

2014 Director’s Institute / Starved Rock Lodge / June 3-5, 2014

2014 Leadership and Management Retreat / Starved Rock Lodge / June 11-12, 2014

Year of Children’s Vision Press Release


Strong Start for America’s Children Act!

NHSA Statement

 House     Senate

IHSA Position on President Obama’s Early Learning Plan



  • Cheri Bustos Visits Project NOW / Sequester Hits Hard / HERE

  • Government Shut Down Concerns Head Start In Quincy / HERE

  • Sequester Cuts Hit Head Start / HERE

2013 – 2014 IHSA Professional Development Training Calendar and Registration


Watch our Data Infrastructure Grow

Draft Guiding Principles


The History of Head Start with

Dr. Edward Zigler

Click here for Dr. Zigler’s video presentation!


Illinois Head Start Association Mission Statement:

Our Mission:
IHSA mobilizes and strengthens its membership by creating a passion for leadership and advocacy in the interest of our most vulnerable children and families.

Our Values:

  • Leadership that proactively pursues the possibility of change
  • Integrity through transparency and accountability
  • A unified voice, reflective of diversity and respect for all
  • Relationship-based partnerships that promote intentional collaborations

Our Vision
Caring and committed communities that maximize the potential of ALL children and families.

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