Scott Receives Head Start PROMISE Award

January 28, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Head Start Association awarded Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, with their Head Start PROMISE (PRotecting Opportunities for our Most Important Students Early) Award for his commitment to advance the needs of Head Start children and families.  Rep. Scott with Virginia Head Start Teachers

More than 300 Head Start teachers gathered in the nation’s capital this week to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start program, one of the nation’s most important early childhood education programs.  Stephanie Gaignard, PTA President for Laburnum Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia, presented Congressman Scott with the Head Start PROMISE Award.

“I am honored to be recognized by the National Head Start Association for my work and commitment supporting Head Start in Congress,” stated Rep. Scott.  “For the last half century, Head Start has been supporting disadvantaged young children and their families with quality preschool and critical support services, including family engagement, health services and good nutrition.”

“We know that these building blocks are essential to quality early childhood education,” Scott continued.  “Head Start does more than just help children arrive in Kindergarten ready to learn.  National studies, such as the recent Department of Health and Human Services Impact Study, have also found that children in Head Start have better language, literacy and math skills, better teacher-child interactions, stronger social-emotional skills, and greater access to health and dental care than their peers.  Head Start children don’t just survive in Kindergarten, they thrive.  I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to support and expand Head Start, so that every child in America has access to quality early childhood education.”    

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