Head Start welcomes Xavier Becerra
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Head Start Association congratulated Xavier Becerra upon his confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Biden-Harris Administration. Secretary Becerra is the first Latino to serve as the Secretary for HHS, which is home to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Head Start, the federal early childhood program that serves more than one million children and their families each year.
“During his 24 years in Congress and most recently as Attorney General of California, Secretary Becerra demonstrated his commitment to our nation’s at-risk children and families as a strong supporter of Head Start,” NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said. “We congratulate him on this appointment and look forward to working with him and his team to ensure that Head Start continues to thrive under his leadership.”
In his time in Congress, Secretary Becerra was a strong proponent of Head Start, saying in 2015: “Head Start has opened the doors of opportunity for our most vulnerable children and their families…I will continue to make sure that these programs are there for working families who need them most.” The Head Start community welcomes Secretary Becerra to the Department of Health and Human Services.
In Recent News
Today, NHSA and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) announce the launch of the Kids on Campus initiative to bring more Head Start programs to community college campuses. The launch takes place during the 2024 Community College National Legislative Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Six foundations have joined together to provide…
This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking represents a significant opportunity to address the challenges facing Head Start and Early Head Start.
In response to last night’s Rules Committee hearing and the House’s potential consideration of HR 5894, NHSA released the following statement from Executive Director Yasmina Vinci: The House continues to senselessly hurdle toward consideration of the appropriations bill that will have devastating cuts to Head Start and Early Head Start. These cuts mean closed classrooms…