By: Tommy Sheridan, National Head Start Association Deputy Director

NHSA Deputy Director Tommy Sheridan finished up his road trip from New Mexico to Minnesota. Look back at his stories and takeaways from stops at Head Start programs along the route via #NHSAonSite.

Ten days, six states, six state capitals, 12 Head Start site visits, plus two state house visits, countless cups of coffee, and many hours in the car later…I’ve completed my road trip from New Mexico to Minnesota! For the past year and a half, NHSA has been in close contact with programs across the country, hearing about how…


In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming uncertainty and adversity to support both staff and the children and families Head Start serves.

An out-of-the-box approach and comfort with uncertainty, coupled with transformational leadership, make Dr. Elizabeth DeCamilla a 2020 BOLD Thinker.

Dr. Elizabeth DeCamilla has been the Quality Assurance Manager for the Pasco County Head Start/Early…


By: Tommy Sheridan, National Head Start Association Deputy Director

NHSA Deputy Director Tommy Sheridan is on a road trip from New Mexico to Minnesota and he’s sharing stories and takeaways from stops at Head Start programs along the route. Follow along in real time with #NHSAonSite.

As I continue my drive from New Mexico to Minnesota the landscape changes, but one thing remains the same across state lines — I am blown away by every Head Start and Early Head Start program I visit.

NHSA Deputy Director Tommy Sheridan visits staff at Early Ventures Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

My first stop in Colorado was Early Ventures, an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) in…


In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming uncertainty and adversity to support both staff and the children and families Head Start serves.

Leading for the present and the future, valuing all voices, with an eye toward a reimagined education system that works for all children, makes Alina Vega a 2020 BOLD Game Changer.

Alina Vega is…


By: Tommy Sheridan, National Head Start Association Deputy Director

NHSA Deputy Director Tommy Sheridan is on a road trip from New Mexico to Minnesota and he’s sharing stories and takeaways from stops at Head Start programs along the route. Follow along in real time with #NHSAonSite.

The number one thing I missed most during the last year is seeing Head Start programs in action. This week I am making my way from Taos, New Mexico, to St. Paul, Minnesota, and visiting as many programs as I can. …


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Hello, NHSA community! Dr. B here with our July Touchpoint, and it being July, of course, this is going to be dedicated to summer. We’re all in the midst of summer here. And we want to talk a little bit about what that means for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

A Love Note

Of course, we can’t get started without a love note. And I have two again this month, so many good things going on. I want to send a love note to Jackie Cross at Anoka County Community Action and her whole team who have…


In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming uncertainty and adversity to support both staff and the children and families Head Start serves.

A profoundly reflective, relationship-based approach, believing that although physical distance is necessary in the pandemic, emotional connection is imperative as the most important protective factor for children and families, makes Anat Weisenfreund a 2020…


Head Start alumnus Thomas Parker as a young boy (left) and in his new role new role as Executive in Residence and Program Officer with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (right).

Head Start alumnus Thomas Parker knows the power of collective impact.

“We never talked about the definition of collective impact formally. It was a lived-out experience, and I grew up seeing the positive results,” says Parker. “My community exemplified it.”

Thomas now has a formal definition for collective impact, which he shared as the opening plenary speaker during NHSA’s 2021 LEADS conference: a framework for change that establishes a shared vision and then achieves it through reinforcing actions by multiple parties.

In Thomas’ community, the shared vision was education. In his hometown of Tillatoba, Mississippi — a rural town with…


In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming uncertainty and adversity to support both staff and the children and families Head Start serves.

Turning necessity into opportunity by creating new nature-based play spaces, a determination to maintain family and staff connection to reduce feelings of isolation, and a constant focus on hearing all voices make Laure Hopper…


In early spring, NHSA named 14 individuals as 2020 BOLD Prize winners in recognition of their extraordinary leadership in response to the unique challenges they encountered in 2020… Over the course of this summer, NHSA is sharing insights from each BOLD Prize Winner about leading through unprecedented times and overcoming uncertainty and adversity to support both staff and the children and families Head Start serves.

Approaching obstacles with a strengths-based foundation and abundance mindset — the belief that everything necessary to resolve a challenge already exists — combined with a focus on socio-emotional safety and connection makes Melissa McPheeters…

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