Community Action Agency Updates


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Community Action Agency has earned the National Head Start Association’s Program of Excellence Accreditation. The NHSA Program of Excellence is a five-year accreditation (2023 – 2028) that recognizes and supports innovative and outstanding Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the nation. This achievement is earned by a handful of early childhood programs nation-wide that consistently demonstrate excellence in program management, service performance, and child and family support.

Through a three-month application process, our Children’s Programs staff demonstrated that Community Action Agency Head Start and Early Head Start has met 41 Indicators of Excellence that designate high quality. To earn the five-year accreditation, our staff had to demonstrate excellence in all the facets of our operation, including: leadership; effective and efficient management; transparent and sound fiscal stewardship; informed, responsible, and responsive program governance; meaningful partnerships with parents and families; highly-experienced and educated staff; state-of-the-art programming; and quality services that reflect and respond to the aspirations and needs of children and families.

At the time of the Program of Excellence Accreditation, Community Action Agency was serving 603 center-based Head Start children and 176 pregnant moms and children up to age 3 in home-based Early Head Start in Jackson and Hillsdale counties.

“We are immensely proud and honored to receive the National Head Start Association’s Program of Excellence Accreditation,” says Toby Berry, CEO of Community Action Agency. “This recognition is a testament to the unwavering commitment and dedication of our team, who work tirelessly to provide the highest quality early childhood education and support to the children and families we serve. It reflects our belief in the transformative power of education, and we will continue to strive for excellence in our pursuit of a brighter future for all children.”


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