Success Stories

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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Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Parker

Thomas Parker says: “My early experiences in my community, including Head Start, shaped and prepared me to be a force for systemic change.”

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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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Alumni Spotlight: Greetings from NHSA’s Director of Alumni Engagement

Meet Malkia Payton-Jackson, Head Start alumna and the National Head Start Association first-ever director of Alumni Engagement.

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Early Childhood Education Compensation Must Address Racial Pay Gaps

The ECE pay gap remains a formidable barrier to a strong early childhood workforce that can effectively partner with children and families.

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Senator Shelley Moore Capito on Raising Resilient Children

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has been a Head Start champion from the moment she was elected to Congress nearly 20 years ago.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo says: “Today’s Head Start families encourage their kids to dream big and know they can go on to make their dreams a reality.”

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