Office of Head Start has a New Director

Virginia Head Start Association is excited to share the appointment of the new director for the Office of Head Start. We welcome Dr. Futrell and celebrate her being the first Head Start alumnae child to serve in this important role . We look forward to working with her as we continue to support Head Start's mission.

 Announcement From the Office of Head Start, February 22, 2021 

Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Head Start (OHS) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Futrell, a Head Start child, began her career as an assistant Head Start teacher in Richmond, Virginia. She came to OHS in the Biden Administration from the National Head Start Association (NHSA), where she was most recently the senior director for effective practice. Prior to NHSA, Dr. Futrell led superintendent certification programs at the American Association of School Administrators.

She is co-author of the book ConnectED Leaders: Network and Amplify your Superintendency, and a regular contributor in research studies. Committed to service, she is a member of the advisory committees at George Mason University and Howard University.

Dr. Futrell holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from George Mason University, a Ph.D. in education policy from George Mason University and post-graduate certificates from Complutense University of Madrid and Harvard University.

Dr. Futrell and her husband are the proud parents of two elementary-aged children.