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Announcing the Launch of Strive for Five

New National Program Offers Unique Tools for Early Educators to Promote Young Children’s Brain and Language Development   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Too Small to Fail, the National Head Start Association, and the National Association for Family Child Care launch “STRIVE for 5: Talk, Read, Sing Early Learning Boot Camp” to provide educators with engaging, user-friendly resources to create language-rich early learning environments  

Head Start Educators Recognized at White House Event

Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota Head Start Teachers Recognized as Great Educators (Washington, DC) – Today, National Teacher Appreciation Day, President Obama recognized the National Teacher of the Year, including great educators across the country. Among those recognized were three Head Start educators who have made significant contributions to early childhood education:

Statement: Program Instruction on Supplemental Funds Available to Extend Duration of Services in Head Start and Early Head Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released a Program Instruction offering guidance and supplemental funding to extend full-day programming in Head Start. The following statement should be attributed to National Head Start Association Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci. 

NHSA and Lakeshore Commitment to STEAM Highlighted at White House Science Symposium

Recycle Your Way to STEAM Initiative Seeks to Engage One Million Head Start Children

NHSA and Lakeshore Commitment to STEAM Highlighted at White House Science Fair

Recycle Your Way to STEAM Initiative Seeks to Engage One Million Head Start Children WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the White House held the 6th and final White House Science Fair of President Obama’s Administration, highlighting the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of our nation’s brightest young minds, and celebrating the work of organizations who are paving the way for the next generation of innovators. 

NHSA Statement: Emergency Federal Funding for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Flint, MI

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $3.6 million in emergency  funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs serving children and families affected by the water crisis in Flint, MI.  The following statement should be attributed to National Head Start Association Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci. 

The National Head Start Association Receives Ford Foundation Grant

Supports Development of New Tool for Measuring Family Engagement   Washington, DC – The National Head Start Association has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation as part of their shared mission to challenge inequality. The funding will support a study that will inform the national understanding of parent engagement and create a tool to help Head Start programs measure and quantify the contribution Head Start makes to family stability and success.

National Head Start Association Statement on FY’16 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congress released a FY’16 omnibus appropriations bill that includes a significant increase in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:  

Statement on the Potential Shutdown of the Federal Government Shutdown Threatens to Again Displace 19,000 Head Start Children

The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association. “Tens of thousands of Head Start children are again on the edge of suffering devastating flashbacks. Two years ago, access to Head Start programs was threatened for as many as 19,000 vulnerable children when the Federal Government was shut down because Congress was at budget impasse.

NHSA Files Revision Recommendations for Head Start Performance Standards

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of today’s deadline for submitting comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for revised Head Start Program Performance Standards, 1200 Head Start practitioners and advocates – including every national, regional, and state Head Start Association representing all Head Start grantees – signed on to the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) recommendations filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start (OHS).

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