Head Start Congratulates Xavier Becerra, Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – In a statement today from National Head Start Association Executive Director Yasmina Vinci, the Head Start community congratulated California Attorney General and former congressman Xavier Becerra on his nomination as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the incoming Biden-Harris Administration.

“Mr. Becerra is a long-standing champion for Head Start children and families who has continuously demonstrated his commitment to supporting our nation’s most vulnerable throughout his laudable career, including his 24 years in Congress and most recently as Attorney General of California,” said Vinci. “We congratulate him on this nomination and look forward to working with him and his team to ensure that Head Start continues to thrive under his leadership.

“In his time in Congress, Mr. Becerra was a strong proponent of Head Start, saying in 2015, ‘Head Start has opened the doors of opportunity for our most vulnerable children and their families…I will continue to make sure that these programs are there for working families who need them most.’ As the Head Start community, we are excited to have Mr. Becerra, with his history of support for Head Start, at the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Head Start, the comprehensive early childhood program serving more than one million children and families nationwide, is housed under the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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, 270,000 staff, and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.

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