Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. Edward Zigler played a central role.
This award honors Dr. Ziglers memory by celebrating local programs who have partnered to create high impact services for children and families. This award requires a joint application from both the Head Start grant recipient and the community partner.
The nominee must:
- Be a Head Start or Early Head Start grant recipient and include a community partner in the application. The partnership will demonstrate innovation in program design and/or service delivery.
- Provide two letters of reference from two organizational leaders who know the impact of the partnership first hand (Note: These two letters must come from leaders outside both the program and the community partner.)
- Submit a supporting statement to address the following:
- A description of the primary and partner agency involved in the delivery of services, including demographic information, and history in the local community
- A brief description of the specific innovation, the approach, and names of all partners
- A brief description of the outcomes or impact of the effort on vulnerable children and families that are unique and/or go beyond Head Start's performance standards
- Comply with all NHSA general rules and regulations as listed on the Scholarships & Awards homepage.
Past Edward Zigler Innovation Award Recipients
2022-23: Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Head Start, Miami, FL
2021-22: Community Action Partnership, Decatur, AL
2020-21: Community Partnership for Child Development, Colorado Springs, CO
2019-20: Orange County Head Start, Orange County, CA
2018-19: Pocono Services for Families and Children, Tobyhanna, PA
2017-18: Skagit/Islands Head Start & ECEAP, Mount Vernon, WA
2016-17: North Idaho College Head Start, Coeur d'Alene, ID