Head Start administrator graduates from head start management fellows program

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Training completed by Head Start manager Sue Evans will ultimately benefit children and their families from STEP Head Start. Evans is one of 39 graduates of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program, an intensive two-week program, conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. The program was developed in 1991 to strengthen the management skills of Head Start administrators.

“As a former participant, I can personally acknowledge the insight and education this program offers to Head Start leaders,” said Ron Herndon, director of Albina Head Start Program and past chairman of the National Head Start Association. “Participants learn about financial management and data analysis, while developing a keen understanding of the broader environment in which Head Start operates.”

Throughout the program, fellows are equipped with the tools they will need to effectively lead and deliver developmental services in changing environments, secure funding, efficiently implement programs and network with other Head Start managers across the nation. Fellowships are awarded annually to Head Start administrators who have been selected by a specially assembled Program Advisory Board.

Since the program’s inception, over 1,400 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership abilities.

“Head Start creates the foundation for a wonderful future for children and their families,” said Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson. “Graduates of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program have introduced successful community initiatives that make a lasting impact on the health, nutrition, and school readiness of the children they serve. The commitment of the UCLA Anderson School of Management to teaching excellence is a hallmark of the program’s enduring success.”

Head Start programs provide comprehensive developmental services to low-income, preschool children and their families. Head Start also provides a range of medical, dental, mental health and nutrition care, and parent involvement services. Program directors supervise nearly 245,000 paid staff and almost 1,300,000 volunteers nationwide. In 2011-12, Head Start enrolled 1,142,000 children ages zero through five and pregnant moms, making a total of more than 30 million since its inception in 1965.

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 275 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 128,000 men and women in 60 countries and sell products throughout the world.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is recognized as one of America’s premier graduate business schools. Its preeminent position is based on internationally acclaimed research, an innovative and distinguished faculty and exceptionally bright, highly motivated students chosen from one of the largest and finest application pools in the nation.