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SNAP & Head Start


Thanks to years of education and advocacy efforts by the Head Start community, the Office of Head Start took a significant step to better support young children and their families who experience food insecurity. Leveraging the president’s executive order, OHS announced a rule change that allows families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to automatically qualify for Head Start and Early Head Start.

This one, simple change to verifying Head Start eligibility is already making it easier for families to access Head Start! If you receive SNAP benefits or are eligible to receive SNAP Benefits and want to learn more and enroll in the Head Start and Early Head Start Program in your community, please see the below Indiana Head Start and Early Head Start Program roster. The roster includes the counties that each program serves and the individual who can assist you in the enrollment process.

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A Chronicle of Head Start's 55-Year History

June 10, 2020

Click to View A Chronicle of Head Start's 55-Year History

Family Stability and Well-Being – How Head Start Continues to Support Families & Communities during COVID-19

June 02, 2020

“More than ever, communities in Indiana are depending on their local Head Start programs–for early childhood education, absolutely–but also for so much more.” That’s what Rhett Cecil, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Indiana Head Start Association, recently said when discussing the myriad of creative solutions that Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Indiana have implemented to support the children and families served by the programs across the state of Indiana during the COVID-19 crises.

May 18th is the 55th anniversary of Head Start’s inception.

May 14, 2020

Please join us on Monday, May 18 at 3:00 pm EDT to kick off our celebration of Head Start’s 55th anniversary.  To honor this milestone, NHSA is launching an anniversary campaign to pay tribute to the impact Head Start has had on millions of lives and to celebrate the unlimited future legacy of Head Start’s current children and families. 

April 2020 Newsletter

April 15, 2020

Indiana Head Start Association 

Newsletter April 2020 

Head Start Director & Program Management Conference in July!

March 09, 2020

Attached are the registration forms as well as, the agenda for the Head Start Director & Program Management Conference in July!

Our annual membership meeting will also be held at this conference – please try to attend! You can begin registering at the Early Bird rate NOW!!!

The IHSA Conference & Training Committee has worked hard to secure speakers from all over the US to present at this conference and we have some great workshops lined up as well as the Opening Session by Tommy Sheridan with NHSA!!


Also, watch for info coming soon from Christine Garza (Early Learning Indiana) on how to participate in the Dollar Per Child fundraiser at this Conference! Dollar Per Child has succeeded in securing COLA  (cost of living allowance) funds as well as, program improvement dollars for the upcoming school years! If you don’t know about Dollar Per Child – go to and search Dollar Per Child! Everyone should support Dollar Per Child as if their job depends on it……………because it does!!

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