Who We Are


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The Region 9 Head Start Association (R9HSA) is a not-for-profit organization created to support at-risk families and to represent the interests of Region 9 Head Start programs. We are committed to elevating the Head Start Community through education, training programs, and services.

R9HSA provides assistance to Head Start programs in Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Region to ensure their ongoing viability and vitality. We represent the largest geographical region in the United States and serve more than 130,000 infants, toddlers, preschool children, and families. The association’s members deliver the following services: Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Head Start Child Care Partners.

Since 2001, R9HSA has provided programs, conferences, trainings, and events to continue elevating the conversations of the Head Start Community so that we may all better serve the families and children throughout our region.

Region 9 provides programs and services that assist members to:

  • elevate the overall Head Start conversation
  • meet or exceed Head Start program performance standards
  • provide high-quality, innovative, and community-based comprehensive services
  • gain access to professional development and training
  • network with other Head Start program leaders, teachers, advocates, and parents

The Region 9 Association also lends additional power to Head Start’s voice and advocacy with government officials, stakeholders, and the public. R9HSA collaborates with other state Head Start Associations, the National Head Start Association, the National Migrant and Tribal Head Start Association, the National Indian Head Start Directors Association, and the Office of Head Start.

Our Manifesto

We are passionate about the possibility of giving all families and children from birth to 5, an opportunity to succeed in school, and in life. This is our purpose.

The Head Start Community is our inspiration, and we wish to foster inclusivity, kindness, knowledge, leadership, courage, and innovation. It is our duty to elevate the Head Start Community by offering insightful, innovative, and pertinent programs and services via our conferences, networks, events, and advocacy.

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Questions? Contact us at headstartr9@region9hsa.org.