Advocacy trip to Washington DC

Top Row, L-R; Cathlene Hernandez, Justina Jackson, Amanda Bailey, Brenda Wright, Krystal Wall, Katie Howard, Pam Borders, Edna Jackson-Jones, Dawn Ault, Jackie Collins   Bottom row, L to R: Robert Bailey, Mobalaji Olatunji, Frank Maas, Feleshia Wilkins, Joyce Jones, Michelle Ford.  Not pictured: Whitney SheltonVAHSA’s Executive Director Dawn Ault, the parent representatives to the VAHSA Board of Directors, 
along with Head Start parents and staff from Orange County, Fredericksburg, Hopewell, Stafford, and Campagna Center, all journeyed to Capitol Hill to let their voices be heard!  Countless personal stories of how Head Start had impacted their family’s future were told, some even with tears and goosebumps.  


Parent Advocacy Trip to Washington, DC February 1-4, 2016

Parent Advocacy Trip

The parent representatives to the VAHSA Board of Directors boarded an Amtrak with Executive Director, Dawn Ault. It was an exciting trip as some had never been on a train, Metro, or in a cab before! Coming from Hillsville, Roanoke, and Jarratt, the parents each represented a different region in our VA Head Start community, therefore each representing a different Congressional District.

They attended the NHSA Winter Leadership Institute for a variety of workshops related to Head Start, including workshops focused on the themes of: Today’s Political Climate, Leadership Through Change,  Standing Up for Parents in the Revised Performance Standards, What to Expect from Your Congressional Visits, and a Parent Advocacy “Meet Up” session, just to name a few.