Arkansas Head Start

Welcome to the Website for the Arkansas Head Start Association and Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office







This Year the Arkansas Head Start Association is launching an online donor campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to help support local Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant –Seasonal Head Start programs as well as the Arkansas Head Start Association, Region VI Head Start Association, and National Head Start Association. While programs receive a major portion of their funding from the federal government, they need help to meet their inkind requirement of 20%. These funds will be used to support and enhance program quality in Arkansas. Our goal is to raise $40,000 each year.


Each year in Arkansas, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant-Seasonal Head Start programs enhance the lives of over 11,000 children and families by offering high-quality comprehensive services.



Head Start Success Story: My name is Candice Releford and I am a former Head Start student. Head Start is a great program for developing the needed skills for education and becoming an outgoing person. As an adult I decided that I would like to give back what was given to me as a Head Start child by working for Head Start myself. It was very rewarding because I knew that I was making a change in children’s lives like the Head Start staff did for me when I was a child. I received a scholarship from Head Start for being a former student. I have always enjoyed helping others accomplish their own personal goals so I decided to pursue a nursing career. I am now a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in Dallas, Tx and I'm currently working toward becoming a registered nurse (RN). I work mainly with children at the office that I work in. Head Start played a major role on the woman that I am today and I am very proud and honored to be affiliated with Head Start. I hope to give the young children that I have taught at Head Start the drive to succeed!

Since 1965, Head Start Programs in Arkansas have promoted school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families. In 1995, the Early Head Start program was created to expand support to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The program also enrolls pregnant women to assist with access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care. The Migrant-Seasonal Head Start programs provide Head Start and Early Head Start Services to the families of migrant farm workers and seasonal farmers.

Programs enhance the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of comprehensive services including educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Parental involvement has been a major cornerstone of the program since the beginning. The programs also work to help families in setting and achieving their personal, educational and employment goals.

Parent Testimonial Videos  


How your donations will be used:

  • Local Programs (40%): Donations will be allocated to local programs to enhance program quality through a competitive grant process. Local programs will submit applications outlining how they will use the funds. The funds could support the following activities: playground improvements, professional development including higher education for staff and families, classroom supplies, support services for families, etc.
  • Arkansas Head Start Association (40%): Donations will be used to support efforts in creating a unified voice for Head Start in Arkansas, professional development opportunities for local staff and families, and networking opportunities for local programs. These donations will also be used to support recognition of outstanding staff, parents, and friends as well as staff obtaining higher education degrees. Create scholarships (?) for staff, parents, and alumni.
  • Region VI Head Start Association (10%): Donations will be used to support professional development and networking opportunities for programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas as well as scholarship opportunities for Head Start alumni, staff, and parents.
  • National Head Start Association (10%): Donations will be used to support the Dollar per Child Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that the voices of more than one million under-privileged children and their families are heard!

Levels of Giving:

The Arkansas Head Start Association appreciates any amount that you are willing to give. The following levels of donation will be given special recognition.

Friends of Head Start Donor List

Give a gift that keeps on giving!


Bronze Level 250.00 -499.00

Silver Level 500.00 – 749.00

Gold Level 750.00- 999.99

Platinum Level $1,000.00 or more


Recognition for all Giving levels:

  • Hand-written thank you note from Association President and State Collaboration Director
  • Recognition on printed materials sent by State Collaboration Office and a “Giving List” on the website
  • Newsletter outlining success stories and what Head Start is doing with their donation


The Arkansas Head Start Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to ensure availability of comprehensive early childhood education and high-quality services for children and families. Donations are tax deductible.

We appreciate your efforts in helping us to enhance the lives of thousands of children and families in Arkansas.



Pamela Draper, President

Arkansas Head Start Association




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