Wisconsin Head Start Association

In Wisconsin right now, there are 41,956 kids, aged 3-5 years old, who are living in extreme poverty. We are proud to be serving 31% 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.

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Latest News From Wisconsin Head Start Association

2019 WHSA Winter Quarterly

Held in charming Elkhart Lake at The Osthoff Resort on January 8-10, 2019, the Winter Quarterly will include WHSA Affiliate elections, face-to-face meetings for four Communities of Practice, and another thought-provoking keynote. Click Here to Register Now!...

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2019 Class Observation Training

Click Here to Register! When January 24-25, 2019 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Where CESA 11 Head Start 225 Osterman Dr. Turtle Lake, WI Background The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM) is an observational tool that provides a common lens and language focused on...

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Communities of Practice Survey

For the past several years, the Professional and Leadership Development Workgroup (PLDWG) has been reshaping how meaningful professional development is delivered through the WHSA. We need your opinion about topics that are important to you as HS Staff. What are...

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2018 WHSA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship winners who will be recognized at our Fall Quarterly Awards luncheon. 2018 Parent Scholarship Winners: Erin Cronquist - CESA 11 Head Start & Early Head Start 2018 Staff Scholarships Winners: Kathleen Jaury – Rock Walworth...

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17th Annual WHSA Training Conference

2019 WHSA Annual Conference Consciously Caring For Our Communities The 17th Annual WHSA Training Conference will be held at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on January 28-30, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is “...

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WHSA Call for Presenters – 2019 Annual Conference

      17th Annual Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Conference January 28-30, 2019 at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells   Call for Presenters Conference overview: Wisconsin Head Start Association is hosting the 17th annual...

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WHSA 17th Annual Training Conference

January 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Dells WI
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WHSA Director Conference Call

February 19, 2019
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“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.