July 25 - 27, 2016
Accelerating Performance in Early Childhood Education
Schedule at a Glance *Subject to change
Vanessa Rich Leadership Award (Travel Stipend)
In 1965, our nation made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for at-risk children through "Project Head Start." In the 50+ years since, nearly 33 million Americans have attended Head Start. Are you one of them?
Shaquille O’Neal, former professional basketball player, honorary U.S. Marshall, and recipient of both an MBA and a Doctorate in Education, attended Head Start in Newark, New Jersey.
This month we honor Marissa Marquez, a committed community advocate and Assistant City Attorney with the Houston Legal Department's Office of the Inspector General. Before working with the City of Houston, Marissa was Deputy Senior Legal Counsel to Hope Andrade, the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. She was the first Latina attorney to work for the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers.
This month the spotlight shines on Bruce E.L.M. Strothers as our honored alum of the month. Throughout his career and adult life, Bruce has been an outstanding professional and compassionate advocate who never fails to assist causes he believes in.
This October, as the nation celebrates Head Start Awareness Month, I can’t help but reflect on my own Head Start experience, which truly laid the foundation for my future success in grade school, high school, college and ultimately as a successful engineer.