Wisconsin Head Start Association

Currently in Wisconsin, there are 40,300 kids, aged 3-5 years old, who are living in extreme poverty. We are proud to be serving 29% of them.

Wisconsin Head Start Association

We provide educational experiences that have been proven to help kids succeed, both while they are in school and throughout the rest of their lives.

Wisconsin Head Start Association

Head Start babies are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college and break free from the cycle of poverty into which they were born.

2019 Wisconsin Head Start Facts


Head Start & Early Head Start




Tribal Children



Latest News From Wisconsin Head Start Association

Coaches & Early Head Start & Home Visitors, Oh My!

The Coaches and Early Head Start/Home Visiting Communities of Practice will be meeting in the WHSA Office Training Room in January to continue the work that was started at the 2019 Fall Quarterly. The Coaches CoP will meet on January 28th from 10:00 - 3:30pm....

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WHSA 2020 Winter Quarterly

Held in Pewaukee at The Ingleside Hotel on January 14-16, 2020, the Winter Quarterly will include WHSA Affiliate elections, face-to-face meetings for multiple Communities of Practice, a Culture of Safety & Staff Wellness trainings, and a very special keynote!...

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Fall 2019 CLASS Observation Training

Click HERE to Register When November 5-6, 2019 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Where Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Room 5250 E. Terrace Dr. Suite 112 Madison, WI  53718 Background The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM) is an observational tool that...

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18th Annual WHSA Training Conference

2020 WHSA Annual Conference Head Start Strong: 2020 and Beyond! The 18th Annual WHSA Training Conference will be held at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on February 24-26, 2020. The theme for this year's conference is “Head...

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WHSA 2019 Fall Quarterly

The Fall Quarterly meeting, Scholarship awards banquet, and WHSA Communities of Practice all in one spot! Online Registration is open and includes meals, snacks and all training, CoP and Affiliate meetings. The room block at The Tundra Lodge and Convention Center is...

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2019 Practice-Based Coaching: Training Institute

Two-day Coach Training October 29-30, 2019 The Practice Based Coaching Training Institute (PBCTI) is an intensive 2-day event intended for coaches implementing the Practice Based Coaching model. During the PBCTI, coaches will learn how to use Practice Based Coaching...

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WHSA Call For Presenters – 2020 Annual Conference

18th Annual Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Conference February 24-26, 2020 at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells  Call for Presenters Conference overview: Wisconsin Head Start Association is hosting the 18th annual...

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WHSA Call for Exhibitors – 2020 Annual Conference

18TH ANNUAL WISCONSIN HEAD START ASSOCIATION TRAINING CONFERENCE February 24-26, 2020 at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells  CALL FOR EXHIBITORS Download the 2020 WHSA Exhibitor Contract by clicking the link below: [gview...

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Upcoming Events

Tue 28

WHSA Community of Practice: Coaches

January 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison WI
Wed 29

Community of Practice: EHS/Home Visiting

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison WI
Feb 24

2020 WHSA Annual Conference: “Head Start Strong: 2020 and Beyond”

February 24 - February 26
Wisconsin Dells WI

 In 2017, Wisconsin Head Start Association served…


Children with Disabilities




Foster Children


Pregnant Women

“Head Start gave us (my husband and I) both the initial tools we needed to become good students and successful professionals.”

Stephanie Gaines-Bryant

“The Head Start initiative will forever be close to my heart because it is the very place where I began interacting with the world and it has made the difference in my life.”

Crystal Swinton

“I am privileged to be part of a Head Start organization as an adult — an agency that changes lives, improves our community, and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”

Rosalie Fernandez

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The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.