As the pandemic hit, Anat Weisenfreund focused on supporting and empowering staff and families as they were engulfed in collective trauma.
Thomas Parker says: “My early experiences in my community, including Head Start, shaped and prepared me to be a force for systemic change.”
Laure Hopper turned necessity into opportunity by creating new nature-based play spaces and maintaining family and staff connection.
Melissa McPheeters approaches obstacles with a strengths-based foundation and abundance mindset combined with a focus on socio-emotional safety and connection.
Kristina Bedikian is a champion for children and families with an ability to forge community partnerships to mitigate food insecurity.
Willing Chin-Ma employed a culturally responsive approach to supporting families with forward-looking leadership during COVID-19.
Early Childhood Services Director Jessica Moore’s inclusivity during COVID-19 created a network she hopes will be a model of collaboration going forward.
Deb Hendricks at Marion Community Schools Head Start took a creative approach to help families and staff cope with the pandemic: a therapy dog.
Meet Malkia Payton-Jackson, Head Start alumna and the National Head Start Association first-ever director of Alumni Engagement.
The ECE pay gap remains a formidable barrier to a strong early childhood workforce that can effectively partner with children and families.
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.
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.”