Playdate at the Capitol – February 17, 2020

Our group with First Lady Pam Northam Virginia Head Start Parent Ambassadors joined other ECE stakeholders in advocating for early childhood education at the State Capitol. They brought their children on a "playdate" with delegates, senators, and the First Lady of Virginia to thank them for their investments. Head Start Director Yesenia De La Cruz (TAP) also attended with families. This year the Governor and Virginia General Assembly have supported an additional $100 million to improve access to home visiting and expand public preschool to serve more 3 & 4 year-olds.


The 2020 VAHSA Parent Ambassadors visited Richmond on January 22 to share their compelling stories with State Delegates and Senators about how Head Start has impacted their lives. They valued the opportunity to meet with State Legislators and shared powerful and inspirational examples of how families partner with Head Start to help prepare their children to be successful both in school, and in life.

Pictured left to right: Julie Chang, First Lady Pamela Northam, Tabatha Fulton, Jennifer Branham, Heather Thomas, Tasha Wagner and Dawn Ault 


Establishment of The Governor's Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness 

The Governor and First Lady announced an Executive Directive to establish an Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness, which will be co-chaired by Commissioner Duke Soren and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway. 

 The team is being tasked with two core objectives:

  1. Ensure that all at-risk three-year-olds and four-year-olds in Virginia have access to a publicly-subsidized option; and 
  2. Ensure that all publicly-funded programs that serve children birth to five are measured as quality as part of a uniform quality rating system by 2025.

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.  

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