Head Start Welcomes Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association today congratulated Xavier Becerra upon his confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Biden-Harris Administration. Secretary Becerra is the first Latino to serve as the Secretary for HHS—which is home to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and within it, Head Start, the federal early childhood program that serves more than one million children from at-risk backgrounds and their families each year.

“During his 24 years in Congress and most recently as Attorney General of California, Secretary Becerra demonstrated his commitment to our nation’s at-risk children and families as a strong supporter of Head Start,” NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said. “We congratulate him on this appointment and look forward to working with him and his team to ensure that Head Start continues to thrive under his leadership.”

Vinci continued, “In his time in Congress, Secretary 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.’ The Head Start community welcomes Secretary Becerra to the Department of Health and Human Services.”

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. Follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.