MHSA is a private, not-for-profit membership organization representing the 29 Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in the Commonwealth that provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to more than 14,000 families annually.EEC Picture

Membership in the Association is comprised of directors and parents that have been elected by parent policy groups from their local programs.

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month during the school year and are open to all Head Start parents and staff. MHSA is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors consisting of five directors and five parents that are elected by the membership.

MHSA is a member of the New England Head Start Association (NEHSA) and the National Head Start Association (NHSA).


MHSA is committed to providing a dynamic, collaborative process through which Head Start programs advocate for excellence; form partnerships with the community at large; share information; and support one another thus providing leadership and opportunities to impact services to families.

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