Purpose of NMHSA
New Mexico Head Start Association is a non-profit association that provides a vehicle for Directors, Staff, Parents, Honorary members and Friends to support, improve and enhance New Mexico Head Start and Early Head Start programs and other programs providing early childhood services in New Mexico through the following activities:
  • Assures that the Association reviews and provides input into local, state, and regional policies and directives, and state legislation affecting services of the NMHSA and young children from birth to five years of age in New Mexico.
  • Promote the goals and purposes as stated in the Head Start Performance Standards, and other Head Start regulations, and serve as a partner in reaching the ultimate goals and purpose of every program component.
  • Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for all the NMHSA programs, Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, directors, staff, parents and friends.
  • Develop a system for communicating official policies, positions, or statements that reflect a consensus of the opinions of the NMHSA grantees and members.
  • Insure representation from the NMHSA to the Region VI Head Start Association as appropriate to the By-Laws of the Region VI Head Start Association.
  • Plan and conduct an annual Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and assist with the planning of the Region VI annual conference when designated to do so.
  • Implement and accomplish the goals and objectives of the current NMHSA Strategic Plan.