Alumni

Happy Women’s History Month: Trailblazing Alumna

The National Head Start Association celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing a few Head Start alumnae blazing trails and leaving indelible legacies in their communities. 

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Alumni Resilience Series Zine

This Head Start Awareness Month, we’re celebrating the resilience and triumph of our Head Start alumni through a special addition zine.

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Alumni Resilience Series: Masada Ellis

Masada Ellis experienced Head Start as both a student and a parent, where he gained a deeper appreciation for the program’s depth and scale.

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Alumni Resilience Series: Churmell Mitchell

Churmell Mitchell navigated childhood trauma and homelessness to become a national speaker on fatherhood and leadership.

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Alumni Resilience Series: Kaela Davison

Head Start and Early Head Start gave Kaela Davison and her family the extra supports she they needed in times of crisis.

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Alumni Resilience Series: Dr. Shana Lachowicz

Head Start’s high quality education initiated the first leg of Dr. Shana Lachowicz’s education journey to self-sufficiency.

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Alumni Spotlight: Duchesne Drew

Head Start alumnus Duchesne Drew, president of Minnesota Public Radio, says his professional journeys started with Head Start.

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2023 Head Start Alumni Summer Send-Off

NHSA wishes 2023 Head Start alumni graduates the best as they move on to the next chapter of their journey.

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Alumni Spotlight: Yulonda Y. Thomas

Head Start helped alumna Yulonda Y. Thomas on her journey to supporting children and families as Family Support advocate.

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Alumni Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Advocate Shane Dunn Shares Head Start Experience

Head Start alumnus Shane Dunn shares how his early experience in a diverse environment shaped his values of racial justice and equity.

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Alumni Spotlight: Maryom McCloud says “Head Start is a Catalyst”

Alumna Maryom McCloud, director of Finance for Lutheran Family Services, shares how Head Start shaped her educational and career path.

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Meet Natalie Hankins, NHSA’s 2022 Aubrey Puckett Awardee

Aubrey Puckett Memorial Awardee Natalie Hankins says “the wonderful and positive outcomes on children and their families” keeps her going.

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