Region 8 Head Start Association

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Why Region 8 Board?

The Region 8 board supports NHSA in the commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. The Region 8 Head Start supports the Region 8 states in providing trainings through Early Childhood conferences.  Head Start offers a unique whole child/whole family program design coupled with a delivery system that includes local programs, national standards, monitoring, professional development, and family engagement.


To provide leadership and advocacy that promotes and supports the effectiveness of Head Start Association members.


All children and families will be successful in school, in life, and will reach their full potential.


The Head Start Project was launched in 1965 as a comprehensive child development program.

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If  you are a member of Region 8 Head Start, you can post your events and news here.  Please contact your respect state association representative listed under your state. 



Board Members



Linda Meredith- Staff Representative



Suzanne Leonelli –Director Representative
Suzanne Leonelli



Mindy Monson- Director Representative

Rebeca Corona- Staff Representative

South Dakota


Vicki Lowry- Director Representative

Anita Nelson- Staff Representative

Courtney Geigle-Parent Representative



Ashley Peña-Larsen-Director Representative

Staff Representative: Pending



North Dakota


Not a member at this time

Dollar Per Child!

Why is Dollar per Child so Important? Dollar per child is to pay for advocacy in the political arena. Power structures in Washington are constantly changing, whether in Congress or with the new Administration. In the past year, hundreds of new bureaucrats have come to Washington, many with the power to impact Head Start programs across the country. Region 8 Head Start Association supports NHSA to ensure that they continue to unleash external experts to influence policymakers and their staffs.

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Our Mission

The Mission of the Region VIII Head Start Association is to ensure quality services for children and families by promoting and supporting the effectiveness of State Head Start Associations, Local Head Start Programs, and members

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