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June 18, 2012
On Monday, June 18, the White House honored Dr. T. Berry Brazelton as one of 11 individuals from Head Start programs across the country who have demonstrated a commitment to delivering on the promise of Head Start in their local communities.
Over 45 years after its inception, Head Start continues to serve as a national laboratory for how we think about educating and caring for our youngest, most vulnerable children.
“Today’s Head Start Champions of Change have collectively shaped the lives of thousands of children and their families,” said Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. “Each day, these Champions work to innovate and forge new paths to deliver the support that our most vulnerable children and families need to reach their full potential and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. This work is essential in helping our country win the future.”
Says Dr. Brazelton in his White House blog post, “Yet despite what we know about the long-term benefits of early education’s boost for early brain development, too many Head Start eligible children still aren’t funded for a chance at this life-changing, America-strengthening program…we can and must do more.” (Read the entire blog post here.)
The Champions of Change program was created as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Read more: Dr. Brazelton’s White House blog post