Honoring Our Leaders

OHS Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

The Office of Head Start (OHS) is proud of its history as a national leader in providing comprehensive services for low-income children and families. During the OHS 1st National Birth to Five Leadership Institute, we honored this history by recognizing our founders: Sargent Shriver, Edward Zigler, and T. Berry Brazelton. We are carrying on this tradition with the 2013 Leadership Awards.

This award recognizes current program leaders who embody the vision of Head Start. Presented every other year, it highlights key areas of Head Start success. This year, I have chosen "Effective Family Engagement" as the focus of the award.

The launch of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework began a new chapter in Head Start's long history of leading the field in engaging families. We want to recognize and share programs' innovations in using the PFCE Framework to build strong services that support and strengthen families.

In their application, programs will explain how they implemented their family engagement goals. They will also provide examples of their continuous improvement efforts and positive outcomes. Submit your online application by March 8.

Each Regional Office will review their own region's applications and select one to receive a Regional Award. Along with Central Office leadership, I will review applications from the 12 Regional winners and select one recipient for the National Award. We will honor the Regional and National leaders at the OHS 2nd National Birth to Five Leadership Institute, April 28-30.

I look forward to meeting our leaders and innovators. By celebrating their successes, we can share effective family engagement strategies that help ensure our children are ready for school.

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is the national Director of the Office of Head Start.

Honoring Our Leaders. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2013. English.

Last Reviewed: February 2013

Last Updated: June 3, 2014