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What is Head Start?

Head Start is a federal program authorized by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs in local communities support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community. Head Start began as a program for preschoolers. Three- and 4-year-olds made up over 80 percent of the children served by Head Start last year.

Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services.

More information is at the Office of Head Start website http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about


What is MHSA?

The Maryland Head Start Association is a link between local Head Start programs in the state of Maryland and the National Head Start Association.

Mission: To strengthen the Maryland Head Start community by providing advocacy, leadership, and training.

Vision: To create an environment where the Head Start community –

  • can continually improve aspects of school readiness, and social-emotional and economic development
  • positively empowers, impacts, and inspires children and families to succeed


What We Do

MHSA seeks to assist Head Start programs through education and training opportunities; advocating on behalf of Head Start children and families across the state of Maryland; and by educating the community at large on the developmental needs of low-income children and families. As Association Members, individuals and organizations have an opportunity to participate in children's advocacy on a local, regional and national level.



Maryland Head Start Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 39894

Baltimore, MD 21212