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Oct. 24, 2019

Head Start Inspires Alum to Become Superintendent, Advocate for Education Equity

To celebrate Head Start Awareness Month this October, NHSA is catching up with Head Start alumni who are doing amazing work in their fields.

One day this past summer, Tyrone Olverson stumbled upon NHSA’s office. He was in the neighborhood attending a meeting for school superintendents, and he noticed the “National Head Start Association” sign on our building. Being a Head Start alumnus himself — and a curious and ever-eager learner — he came inside to share his story and hear about ours.

Feb. 4, 2019

Head Start Highlighted on NBC Nightly News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When federal officials inspected this city’s Head Start program five years ago, they found moldy classrooms, exposed wires, leaking sewage, a sagging roof and trash-strewn playgrounds littered with safety hazards. A teacher had jerked a student so hard she dislocated the girl’s shoulder.

Now run by Lutheran Services Florida, Jacksonville’s Head Start program has cleaner classrooms, more teachers with college degrees, a full-time teaching coach and rising scores on the federal government’s main yardstick of classroom quality. Once in the lowest 10 percent nationwide, Jacksonville now has scores that approach the national average.

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Dec. 12, 2018



Aug. 24, 2018

Head Start Reduces Likelihood of Adult Poverty

One of the United States’ most successful anti-poverty measures starts very early in life: Head Start, a preschool program for disadvantaged kids, increased children’s education and significantly reduced the likelihood of adult poverty, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Senate Passes $250 Million Increase for Head Start

The U.S. Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2019 funding package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The bill includes a $250 million increase for Head Start in order to meet the rising costs of high-quality services for our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.

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August 15, 2018

Napa Valley Vintners Awards $2.5 Million to Children’s Education in Napa County

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association announced $2.5 million in grant funding for children’s education in Napa County, including $200,000 for Child Start. Helping children enter kindergarten ready to learn, supporting students in achieving academic goals and assisting young people in developing healthy behaviors are just a few of the ways in which this round of donations from the NVV will help Napa County youth thrive in school and in life.

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May and June of 2010
Opened Menlo 4, Setterquist, and Fairmont Early Head Start sites.

October 2009
Child Start awarded American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding to open three new Full Day Full Year Early Head Start centers in Napa, Vallejo, and Fairfield.

January 2005
Fully implemented EHS with Therapeutic Child Care Center, Black Infant Health, Child Haven, and Healthy Moms and Babies

March 2003
First PRISM evaluation by ACF, awarded exemplary status

January 2002
Awarded grants to operate Raising A Reader in Napa and Solano Counties

October 2002
Awarded $800,000 competitive grant to operate Early Head Start for Napa and Solano Counties

June 2001
Child Start Inc. awarded grant to operate Head Start for Napa and Solano Counties

October 2000
Awarded grants to Early Childhood Education Career Development

October 2000
Opened consolidated Administrative Offices at 439 Devlin Rd. Napa

March 2000
Established CSI as 501c3

December 1999
Incorporated as Child Start Inc.

May 1998
Initiated Interest-Based Negotiations to become single purpose agency

January 1996
Opened operations in 14 new Solano sites, filled 111 staff positions

September 1995
Awarded $3 million grant to operate Solano Head Start Program

September 1995-2000
Awarded 6 competitive expansion grants, opened one new HS center each year