11 Head Start Programs Earn Program of Excellence Accreditation

Washington, D.C. – This week during the Fall Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., the National Head Start Association (NHSA) recognized the outstanding performance of 11 Head Start grant recipients as part of NHSA’s 2023-28 Program of Excellence Accreditation.

The Program of Excellence recognizes and supports the outstanding performance of Head Start grant recipients nationwide who demonstrate excellence in program management and service and support robust positive outcomes for children birth-to-five, pregnant people, families, and the communities where they live.

The 2023-28 Program of Excellence accredited programs are:

  1. Community Action Council, Lexington, KY
  2. Neighborhood House Association Head Start, San Diego, CA
  3. Porter-Leath Early Head Start, Memphis, TN
  4. Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services, Miami, FL
  5. Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc., Jackson, MS
  6. Family Resource Agency of North Georgia HS/EHS/Pre-K, Rossville, GA
  7. Community Action Agency, Jackson, MI
  8. Foundation For Early Childhood Education, Pasadena, CA
  9. Capital Area Community Services Head Start, Lansing, MI
  10. Brightpoint Head Start , Fort Wayne, IN
  11. Family Resource Agency of Tennessee, Cleveland, TN

“The National Head Start Association is extremely proud of these 11 newly-minted Programs of Excellence. Receiving the Program of Excellence designation reflects the dedication, innovation, and passion of their entire team,” said NHSA’s Executive Director Yasmina Vinci. “They are, without doubt, role models for the entire Head Start community and are thrilled to shine a national spotlight on their ability to consistently deliver high-quality services, build on and exceed their goals, and–most importantly–meet children, families, and communities with life-changing programming and support.”

About NHSA

The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for nearly 1 million children, 270,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in the United States. ••• Media Contact: media@nhsa.org

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