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Program of Excellence Informational Webinar

2:00 PM EST
2:30 PM EST

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The Program of Excellence Informational Webinar is an introduction to the Program of Excellence Accreditation.

NHSA’s Program of Excellence Accreditation recognizes and supports the outstanding performance of Head Start grant recipients across the country. This designation is earned by programs that consistently demonstrate excellence in program management and service performance and continually support the achievement of robust outcomes for children birth to five years old, pregnant people, families, and the communities where they live.

This informational webinar will allow potential Program of Excellence (PoE) candidates an opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and hear from past awardees to make sure their program is ready for the commitment of completing the application process. This is a rigorous BUT rewarding experience and accreditation lasts five years.

Registration for the 2024 Program of Excellence Accreditation will be open until January 20! The cohort will begin in February 2024. Apply Now!

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Kristina Ellis is The Academy at NHSA Manager. Her background includes nonprofit management, early childhood development, support services, quality improvement, and strategic partnerships. She holds a BA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma. As a Head Start alum, Kristina’s interest in early childhood stems from a rich background in social services work and her commitment to early childhood education and family engagement.  Before NHSA, Kristina worked for CAP Tulsa, one of the largest anti-poverty nonprofits in Oklahoma and a nationally recognized provider of research-based, high-quality early childhood education for low-income children.



Celeste Presley, CCAP, Head Start Project Manager, Community Action Council