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!

 

 

Program Spotlight

Strong connections between the program and home continue to thrive in Blair County Head Start! Family & Community Partnership staff have stepped up their game as in-person family meetings have been suspended during the COVID pandemic. How? 

Parent Meetings are held virtually via Zoom with family-centered activities integrated into the meeting. Families can participate live or view the activity through a provided YouTube link at a time convenient for them. Activities are based upon a program-wide positive affirmation program. Activities focus around the same positive affirmation practiced within the classroom setting so that children and families have multiple opportunities to see, practice and hear the affirmations at home.  

Each family receives instructions and supplies to participate. In January, handheld mirrors and art supplies went home for children and families to create self-portraits and lift up the affirmation, “I am unique."

In a time when so many people are feeling stressed, worried, and isolated these videos act as a ray of light. They are a link to the program with familiar faces for the kids to see, and also a beacon of hope through words of encouragement. 

To view the video, click here.