- Jan. 26, 2022
-- The National Head Start Association recognized nine members of Congress for their leadership in supporting Head Start, the comprehensive early childhood development program for infants, young children, and their families. Sen. Richard Burr (NC) was honored with NHSA's highest accolade, the Robert E. Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award, for his career-long dedication to supporting America's most vulnerable children and families. Dr. Cooke was a visionary pediatrician who helped create Head Start and dedicated his career to addressing the health and wellness needs of America's most disadvantaged children.
- "Over his entire career in Congress, Senator Burr has worked in a bipartisan, even non-partisan, manner to provide early childhood educational opportunities to all families, regardless of income or zip code," said North Carolina Head Start Association President Terry David. "Senator Burr understands that affordable, safe, and high-quality child care is not only important to working families, it's important for the children who are our future leaders. His successful fight to pass legislation to improve the safety, affordability, and quality of child care so that our kids are in good hands during the work day and prepared for elementary school will be felt for generations."
Reps. Katherine Clark (MA-5), Joe Morelle (NY-25), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) received the Head Start Pledge Award for demonstrating a steadfast commitment to fulfilling the Head Start pledge.
Reps. Fred Keller (PA-12), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA-3), Tony Gonzalez (TX-23), and Mondaire Jones (NY-17) received the PROMISE (Protecting Our Most Important Students Early) Award. The PROMISE Award honors members of Congress who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to Head Start and to serving our nation's most vulnerable children and their families, not only in their districts, but across the nation.
The awards were presented to members of Congress during NHSA's 2022 Winter Leadership Institute, where congressional champions addressed Head Start parents, alumni, and other supporters who were on Capitol Hill to advocate for the early childhood development program with members of Congress and their staff. https://nhsa.org/press_release/congressional-2022-awards/