New York State Head Start Association

Our Mission:


New York State HeadStart Association (NYSHSA) represents the interests of the entire New York State Head Start/Early Head Start community – children, families and programs – at the State, Regional, and National levels. 


About Us

Head Start is a  program of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.   

Head Start is our nation's premier provider of developmental and educational services to pregnant moms, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families, who live in poverty and struggle to meet the basic needs of life.




NYSHSA Board of Directors - 2018

Carolyn Wiggins, President
Ana Figueroa, Vice President
Tanya Shalor, Treasurer
Frances Phipps, Secretary
Reva Gershen Lowy, Corresponding Secretary

Ouida Foster Toutebon, Immediate Past President

Zenya Alvarez-Cleveland, Julius Bennett, Rose De La Cruz, Roseann Dueno,

Samito Gallardo, Jose Gonzales, Ira Katzenstein, Ruth Neale, Frances Phipps





May 29-31, 2019

Annual Professional Development Conference

Crowne Plaza

White Plains, New York