Welcome to the new program year! That last one sure ended strong. In April, the Office of Head Start announced that all families receiving CalFresh (SNAP) are now categorically eligible for Head Start. In May, we aced another federal review, Focus Area Two (FA2), with no findings. And in June, we celebrated the career and accomplishments of Keesha Woods, who has achieved so much for the babies and families of LA County, and even across the state and country.

It was an honor to work with Keesha the past 15 years, and I’m thrilled to continue working alongside all the dedicated staff at LACOE and each delegate agency as we deliver high-quality comprehensive services every day. As this new program year begins, I’ll be scheduling visits to each agency. I look forward to reconnecting in person, and to partnering with agencies to resume full enrollment. It won’t be easy, but our families and communities deserve our best. Head Start changes lives; let’s not miss any opportunity to make a lasting difference.