Idaho Head Start Association supports Head Start programs through Advocacy, Partnerships, Collaboration, Recognition, and Professional Development to achieve high quality outcomes for Idaho’s children, families and communities.

The Idaho Head Start Association (IHSA) is a statewide organization composed of representatives from Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and Native American Head Start. The association was incorporated as non-profit organization in 1995.



IHSA provides a strong voice in Boise and in Washington, DC as our legislators make decisions that affect low-income children and families. Our voice is made stronger by the involvement of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and graduates.



IHSA meetings and trainings provide an invaluable opportunity for Head Start and Early Head Start staff and directors to work together, share ideas, and make plans future program improvements. In addition, IHSA works extensively with other organizations and leaders in Early Childhood Education in Idaho to expand the opportunities of Head Start and Early Head Start programs and families, and to ensure that our voices are powerful and united in support of the needs of low-income children and families.



IHSA provides ongoing training for staff, parents and directors of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The focused training helps programs maintain a high level of quality in teaching, program governance, management, and family support services. Parents are also provided training in leadership development and advocacy.