About us

About the NHSA.

The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that believes that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life if given the opportunity that Head Start offers to children and their families. It is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. 

About Go Smart.

Go Smart is one of NHSA’s signature initiatives and serves as a national model for integrating physical activity across all areas of early learning in Head Start programs. It is one way NHSA delivers on its strategic mission to improve the health and development of young children aged birth to 5 and engage their families.

Go Smart highlights the importance of implementing physical activity in the everyday play of young children and also guides parents and teachers to use activities to reach defined goals and objectives for each child.  Field tests show Go Smart not only increases children’s movement, but also shows caregivers how to use simple, physical activity games as a vehicle for learning.  

Go Smart honors parents and families as a child’s first teachers, and recognizes that the highest quality early learning programs engage each child’s family with his or her development. Go Smart delivers choices of developmentally-appropriate games and activities that both parents and teacher use to enhance children’s development through fun, engaging, and meaningful physical activity.

Our goal with this next generation of Go Smart.

To create an innovative digital platform that enables parents, teachers, child care providers and children aged 0-5 to easily engage in developmentally appropriate physical activities.

Go Smart offers an interactive mobile web app that offers accessible and inspiring resources and activities that can be curated, downloaded, uploaded, saved, shared, and more! Go Smart also links to popular online networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for greater access and communication. Most importantly, Go Smart is expandable – if you have an idea for a new activity, our team of early childhood experts will review it and transform it into a new Go Smart game for everyone to enjoy!

Please contact us to share your ideas.