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Office of Head Start in Good Hands with Ann Linehan

March 10, 2014
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She has been an integral player in our work to strengthen Head Start, creating an even better birth-to-5 experience for low-income parents and their children.

Mark Greenberg

Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families

Ann Linehan, the new acting direct of the Office of Head Start, has shown through her lengthy career a steadfast dedication to the well-being of children. While moving up the ranks in the field, she has continued to better the lives of children age birth through 5, according to OHS officials.

In the 1970s, Linehan served as a special needs teacher for medically fragile children.From 1982 to 1992, Linehan’s work as executive director of  non-profit Communities United earned her the title of “Outstanding Head Start Director” by Boston’s Wheelock College. Communities United provided Head Start and Child Care services in eight Massachusetts communities.

Linehan began her federal career as the Head Start Region I Program Manager in 1992. Over the course of nearly four years in this role, Linehan enhanced Head Start program quality throughout New England. In 2011, she became Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start (OHS).

In recently announcing Linehan to the new role of Acting Director of OHS, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Mark Greenberg, said in a release that Ann was instrumental in the roll out of Early Head Start, improvements to the monitoring systems, and the efforts to improve program performance.

“She has been an integral player in our work to strengthen Head Start, creating an even better birth-to-5 experience for low-income parents and their children,” Greenberg said.

In her farewell message, former OHS Acting Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes said the daily work of Head Start staff is not always easy, but changes the life of a child and their family.

“I leave you in good hands with Ann Linehan,” Sanchez said.