Professional Development

The Formula Shortage and Early Head Start

Parents and caregivers across the country are anxious and scared about the ongoing formula shortage. Early Head Start program staff know all too well the negative impacts food insecurity and hunger have on children and families and understand why the formula shortage is top-of-mind for so many caregivers across the country. Here’s the latest information…

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Program of Excellence: CAPSLO

Migrant and Seasonal program CAPSLO’s commitment to quality is reflected in their designation as a Program of Excellence awarded in 2016.

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Program of Excellence: Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start

Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start has been an NHSA Program of Excellence for more than two decades.

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Macy Jones, Bold and Decisive Leader in Times of Crisis

Head Start Director Macy Jone’s community was hit hard by COVID-19. She hired a full-time licensed clinician to provide support.

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Preparation and Collaboration Serve Families in Crisis

Deputy Director of Duval Head Start/Early Head Start in Florida Maria McNair went a long way to help families adjust to virtual programming.

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Facing Collective Trauma, Prioritizing Protective Factors

As the pandemic hit, Anat Weisenfreund focused on supporting and empowering staff and families as they were engulfed in collective trauma.

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Turning Necessity into Opportunity

Laure Hopper turned necessity into opportunity by creating new nature-based play spaces and maintaining family and staff connection.

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Supporting Teams with a Strength-Based Foundation

Melissa McPheeters approaches obstacles with a strengths-based foundation and abundance mindset combined with a focus on socio-emotional safety and connection.

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Drive-Through Distributions, Community Partnerships Help Mitigate Food Insecurity

Kristina Bedikian is a champion for children and families with an ability to forge community partnerships to mitigate food insecurity.

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Culturally Responsive Leadership During COVID-19

Willing Chin-Ma employed a culturally responsive approach to supporting families with forward-looking leadership during COVID-19.

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Jessica Moore Created Community despite Challenges of 2020

Early Childhood Services Director Jessica Moore’s inclusivity during COVID-19 created a network she hopes will be a model of collaboration going forward.

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Therapy Dog helps Family and Staff cope with COVID

Deb Hendricks at Marion Community Schools Head Start took a creative approach to help families and staff cope with the pandemic: a therapy dog.

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