Sheltering Arms Again Achieves Highest Honor From National Head Start Association


(ATLANTA, March 20th, 2008) Ė   Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, one of Atlantaís oldest nonprofit institutions, has again been recognized by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) as a Program of Excellence, Head Startís most prestigious award recognizing program quality and effectiveness.  Less than 1% of the nationís 2,700 Head Start grantees have earned this honor.  In addition, Sheltering Arms has successfully undergone three federal reviews and has also been found to be in compliance with all 1800 Head Start Performance Standards.  Sheltering Arms will receive the award at the National Head Start Associationís annual conference in Nashville in April.  
While Sheltering Arms is celebrating 120 years of service to metro
Atlanta's children and their families, it has only been a part of Head Start since 1998.  In that time Sheltering Arms has completed a $15 million campaign to replace four aging Head Start facilities inherited in South Fulton.  Today these centers serve over 1,000 children, doubling the capacity of the older Head Start centers.

Beginning in 1994, the National Head Start Association's Quality Initiative identifies and recognizes Head Start/Early Head Start programs that demonstrate a level of high performance and whose programs demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of the children, families, staff, and communities they serve.  Once recognized as a Program of Excellence, an organization maintains this status for a three year period, provided they remain in compliance with all of the NHSA's highest standards.

About the National Head Start Association:  The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community through advocacy, professional development, and research.  For more information, please visit:


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