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.

2018 Wisconsin Head Start Facts


Head Start & Early Head Start




Tribal Children



Latest News From Wisconsin Head Start Association

WHSA Executive Director Job Posting

You Could be the Next WHSA Executive Director! - Click Here to Apply for the Position - JOB SUMMARY: To provide overall direction and leadership managing the affairs of the Wisconsin Head Start Association.  Responsibilities include:  ensuring effective association...

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2019 WHSA Fact Sheet

Click below to download the 2019 WHSA Fact Sheet The 2019 Wisconsin head Start Association Fact Sheet is a compilation of data from the following sources:...

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WI/MN Infant Toddler Caregiving Academy

Supporting High Quality Infant Toddler Caregiving An Academy for Minnesota and Wisconsin Region V Office of Head Start Region V OHS Training and Technical Assistance Network May 7 (9 am) to May 9 (12pm), 2019 Lunch provided May 7 and May 8 Registration Fee: $225 Click...

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Spring 2019 CLASS Observation Training

Registration has closed for this event. When May 15-16, 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...

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2019 WHSA Spring Quarterly – Advocacy Day

Held in the heart of downtown Madison just walking distance from the State Capitol on April 1-3, 2019, the Spring Quarterly will once again feature the 2019 WHSA Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Additionally, face-to-face meetings for four Communities of Practice will...

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The Spirit of Head Start

The Spirit of Head Start By: Dr. Tim Nolan What really makes the work of Head Start special? It's all about SPIRIT!! Spirit is a passion in our approach to our work. It may appear as … • A person driven to accomplish important work - operating with deep...

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2019 WHSA Parent Affiliate “POPS” Scholarships

Click Here to Download the 2019 Parent Affiliate "POPS" Scholarship ApplicationORClick Here to be Directed to WHSA Staff Affiliate Scholarship Opportunities “Positive Opportunities for Parents” (POPS) Scholarship Who is eligible? Any current Early Head Start or Head...

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2019 WHSA Staff Affiliate Scholarships

Click Here to Download the 2019 Staff Affiliate Scholarship Application The Staff Affiliate Scholarship is an annual scholarship made available from funds raised throughout the year by the WHSA Staff Affiliate members. The Staff Affiliate would also like to give...

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 In 2017, Wisconsin Head Start Association served…


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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.