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NHSA Announces Congressional PROMISE Award Recipients

January 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
January 23, 2017                                                                                                                                  


National Head Start Association Announces Congressional PROMISE Award Recipients

Head Start Community, Members of Congress Convene for Winter Leadership Institute


(Washington, DC) – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) will host a Congressional Breakfast during its annual Winter Leadership Institute that will include Members of Congress, Head Start leaders and alumni. These Head Start champions will discuss the pivotal role Head Start plays in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children.

With eyes on the future and a renewed national commitment to Head Start, PNC Bank senior vice president and Head Start alumna Terri Copeland will join several Members of Congress to speak about Head Start’s transformative impact. PNC Bank has a steadfast and enduring commitment to supporting Head Start and expanding access to quality early learning for our nation’s most vulnerable children. Six Members of Congress will also be honored with NHSA’s PROMISE award, “Protecting Our Most Important Students Early,” for their enthusiastic and continued support of the Head Start advantage.


Head Start Breakfast on the Hill: Starting America Early

9:00 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.

Rayburn House Office Building
Rayburn 2044

Members of Congress Receiving the Promise Award:

  • Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA 5th District)
  • Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL 7th District)
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA 15th District)
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN 5th District)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS 2nd District)
  • Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN 4th District)



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The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life.  The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.