Hopewell Celebrates Head Start’s 54th birthday 

Hopewell Head Start Birthday Celebration Dress Down Red, White, and Blue Day.


Shining Stars Scholarship Applications being accepted until June 1, 2019 

The Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office will be offering 10 scholarships to the Shining Stars conference July 17-19, 2019 in Roanoke Virginia.  


Virginia's First Lady visits programs across Virginia

Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway, visit Head Start classrooms and other early childhood facilities in a Back to School Tour.  

In June 2018, First Lady Pamela Northam announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth. The First Lady will lead the effort to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education programs across Virginia, support the early childhood education workforce, and ensure that Virginia makes the most of early childhood education resources. “We believe that all children should have access to opportunities regardless of the circumstances into which they are born. Early childhood education is the best investment we can make in our future workforce,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “I look forward to bringing my experience as a parent, therapist, science educator, and environmentalist to continue advocating for our youngest and most vulnerable Virginians.”

News coverage of First Lady's visits.


Virginia Receives $9.9 Million Federal Preschool Development Grant to Unify and Strengthen Early Childhood Education

We are starting off the new year with good news for early childhood in Virginia.   Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in partnership with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and the University of Virginia (UVA), received a one-year $9.9 million competitive federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Read today’s press release for details. I see many collaborative practices coming into play.  Some initiatives include producing a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan, aligning early learning standards, and developing kindergarten-readiness tools for teachers and families.

I will leave you with the ending quote from the press release:

 “With this funding, Virginia can accelerate the development of an equitable mixed-delivery system that delivers stable, affordable and quality early childhood care and education for the state’s families and children, particularly those who are most vulnerable and will benefit the most,” Bill Ermatinger, Board Chair of Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries.


Dr. Deborah Bergeron visits Prince William County Head Start Program

woman smiling in front of american flag Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start, visited Prince William County Head Start program on June 5, 2018.  Dr. Bergeron visited three Head Start classrooms to learn more about a collaboration between Head Start and the high school students enrolled in ECE at Gar-Field High School,  an inclusion classroom at Mullen Elementary School, and Victory Elementary School were she visited a Head Start, Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus, and a Title 1 Pre-K programs. 

Dr. Deborah Bergeron serves as the Director of the Office of Head Start. Known as "Dr. B" to former students and teachers, she has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and elementary and high school administrator. In the course of her career, Dr. B also started, grew, and ultimately sold her own educational services company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. She earned a master’s in education leadership and doctorate in education policy from George Mason University.

During her tenure as a school administrator, she specialized in school improvement. Her focus was on academic achievement and school climate. Dr. B will use her experience as an elementary principal and her strong background in pre-K–12 instructional leadership to provide unique insights into how Head Start can support our most vulnerable children to become school ready. She hopes to spend a great deal of her time visiting Regional Offices and specific Head Start programs. Dr. B most looks forward to spending time with all of the children, teachers, and program directors who are her inspiration!



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