Local Head Start Administrator Graduates from UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program
Left to Right: Kristin Ramstad – Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. & Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. – Senior Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson and Faculty Director, UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program
LOS ANGELES (August 17, 2017) – Training completed by Head Start executive Kristin Ramstad will ultimately benefit children and their families from Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc., in Anchorage, Alaksa. Kristin is one of 40 graduates of the June 2017 UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program, an intensive 12-day leadership and management development program, conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. The program was developed in 1991 to strengthen the management and leadership skills of Head Start administrators and is currently funded by the Head Start National Center on Program and Management and Fiscal Operations.
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 executives across the nation.
Since the program’s inception, over 1,500 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership abilities.
“Head Start creates the foundation for a wonderful future for children and their families,” said Yasmine Daniel-Vargas, director of the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations. “Graduates of the UCLA 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 259,000 paid staff and almost 1.1 million volunteers nationwide. In 2015-16, Head Start programs served 1,100,000 children ages birth to five and pregnant moms, making a total of more than 34 million since its inception in 1965.
About National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations
UMass Donahue Institute, along with its partners FHI360, ZERO TO THREE, and UCLA Anderson School of Management, serves as the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO) for the Office of Head Start. NCPMFO disseminates clear, consistent messages on Office of Head Start priorities for the development and implementation of sound management systems and strong internal controls for all grantees. The Center’s work includes, but is not limited to, topics such as leadership, governance, data collection and analysis, enhancing fiscal systems, management of multiple funding sources, and infrastructure enhancement to support a well-managed system of early care and education.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
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.