Head Start agencies pay annual agency membership dues that entitles membership for current staff and parents. Membership cards are e-mailed to local grantees upon payment of the dues invoice. Please check with your central office for the status of your agency's membership.
Individual & Organization Membership Benefits and Services
If you are not a current staff or parent, and would like to become a member of the Arkansas Head Start Association. Please click on one of the following options:
*Individual memberships may include the following: Former Parent, Former Head Start Staff, Head Start Alumni, Friend Member, Former Head Start Child, Student Member (High School or College)
AHSA MEMBERSHIP ALLOWS YOU TO
meet professional association requirements for the CDA credential and support your other academic activities;
access state and national information concerning Head Start through e-blasts and other special online communication tools;
access to the AHSA listserv;
network with other Head Start and early care and education professionals;
participate in high quality, competency based training and technical assistance activities and events at a reduced cost; and
support and be a partner with Head Start, an organization that for more than 40 years continues to provide high quality early care and education services to millions of disadvantaged children and their families.
Arkansas Head Start Association Services
Conferences and Training
Annually AHSA gathers professionals from across the early childhood field for our annual training institute. This event provides innovative training, outstanding professional development opportunities, and an excellent forum for exploring best practices from across the state. In addition, we collaborate with other federal, state and community‐based organizations on training events and special initiatives designed to ensure that Arkansas remains a national leader in providing high quality, comprehensive early care and education programs for all preschool children and families in our state.
Recognition and awards
AHSA is proud to recognize our community and those who have achieved outstanding work in their field. Each year, we recognize those who have achieved excellence as administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and other friends in the community.
Government relations and advocacy
AHSA is the unified voice providing leadership and advocacy for the Head Start community. AHSA works closely with the Region VI Office of Head Start to best serve your needs and create a collective voice for the state. Our leaders meet regularly with legislators from the State Capitol and in Washington to ensure that your voice is heard and the needs of our diverse community are recognized and addressed.
For more information
For questions or more information on membership with AHSA, please contact Deana Howell, Administrative Services Manager at (501) 371‐0740.
The purpose of the Arkansas Head Start Association includes working to ensure availability of comprehensive early childhood education and high-quality services for children and families in Arkansas. The AHSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The purpose of the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office is to create a visible presence at the state level, which can assist in the development of significant, multi-agency and public private partnerships between Head Start and the state.