Founder & CEO
Dr. Bernadine Futrell
Dr. Bernadine Futrell, the director of Head Start, was once a Head Start student herself! Listen to Dr. Futrell’s personal account of how Head Start services prepared her and her family for a brighter future.
President, Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s passion for human rights stems from his own childhood, namely his experience in the Head Start program. Listen to Walker’s story of how Head Start services helped him succeed and how, in return, he now helps Americans who have been disadvantaged .
Mayor, Providence, RI 2011-2015
“From Head Start to Harvard” was Angel Taveras’ campaign slogan while running for Mayor of Providence, R.I. Hear more about how being a Head Start student helped Taveras develop a love for learning that set him up for success.
Olympic Medalist & Motivational Speaker
Bonnie St. John
From the Olympics to Oxford and from Wall Street to the White House, Bonnie St. John has done it all. Listen to her talk about how it began with Head Start.
Executive Director, Emeritus, NCRP
Professor and Executive Director of NCRP David Schauer had a difficult childhood and didn’t grow up with much, but he developed a love of learning when his mother enrolled him in the Head Start program. Learn about Schauer’s journey.
U.S. Congress. D-CA, 1997-2017
The daughter of immigrants, former U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez says the Head Start program was an important part of her and her parents’ development. The program taught her the alphabet, how to speak, and how to write her name. Listen to Congresswoman Sanchez speak about her experience.
ABC News Correspondent
Head Start services prepare students for success! Hear from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Steven Osunsami as he details his experience with the Head Start program and how it laid the foundation for his career.
COO & CO-Founder, Results For America
Co-founder and chief operating officer of Results for America David Medina is a self-proclaimed Head Start success story. Listen to Medina explain how the Head Start program laid the groundwork for his current success and why he invests in it today.
President & CEO, Center For American Progress
Years ago, Patrick Gaspard’s family came to the U.S. seeking political refuge and enrolled him in Head Start services. Now he is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Listen to Gaspard speak about his early childhood experience.
Promotes the school readiness of young children from low- income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. … Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.