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NHSA Appoints New Chief Quality Improvement Officer

June 13, 2016

Innovative Community Strengthens Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced today that Rick Mockler has joined the organization to further develop their growing portfolio around data analysis and quality improvement systems for Head Start, and other early learning programs.  Rick Mockler comes with a wealth of experience within Head Start, having spent the last seven years as Executive Director of the California Head Start Association.  Joining NHSA in advance of the release of new Head Start Performance Standards, Rick can continue his passion for and success with data use and management tools.

Rick joins NHSA as Chief Quality Improvement Officer, a new position, to continue NHSA’s recent commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at the program level and across the Head Start network.  Rick comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within NHSA and look forward to working with the Head Start community to further develop our collective commitment to expanding access and quality in early childhood education.  I am fortunate to be joining such a pioneering team that prides itself on breaking new ground.”

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, said “Rick’s wealth of social venture experience and Head Start knowledge has already made him a key addition to the NHSA team.  We view his appointment as a sign of our continued dedication to Head Start leading the way for early childhood education.  Our focus on the use of data, evidence and evaluation and increasing demand from the Head Start community with the pending release of new Performance Standards led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of purposeful innovation and exceptional customer focus, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Rick’s caliber to fulfill this role.  I’m confident that Rick will play a key role in improving outcomes for children and families in Head Start, and across all of early childhood education. “