Northwest Arkansas Head Start Human Services’ (NWAHSHS) philosophy is reflective of our mission statement, “Head Start enables children and their families to realize the opportunities for developing their full potential.”

The overall goal of the Head Start program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of low-Income families. Social competence is a child’s everyday effectiveness in dealing with present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. We strive to address our children's needs in all areas of development- physical, social, emotional, and cognitive-and to provide support and assistance to all those who affect the child's development. We honor issues of cultural relevance, diversity and inclusion, through our validation of the individual strengths of the enrolled children and their families.