Head Start program recognized nationally twice in 2012

Jan 21, 2013
Debra Palmer, WCAP’s Family Services Coordinator, gives her acceptance speech at the 1st Annual Academy of Education Arts and Science Bammy Award ceremony in September, 2012.

Two individuals tied to Waldo Community Action Partners’ Head Start program were recognized nationally in 2012. The first was Jason Moody, a Head Start father who serves on the program’s Policy Council, Belfast Parent Group, and holds a seat on the Action Partners Board of Directors representing Head Start. He now also sits on the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Board.

Selection for the board, which meets in Boston, Mass., involved a nomination and application process that took place over a three month period. Hundreds of applications were received from nominated Head Start parents, Jason being the only representative on the advisory board from the east coast selected. His direct involvement with the advisory board provides an avenue for Waldo County Action Partners' Head Start and its families and partners to have a strong voice in early childhood education on the national level, better impacting the children and families in our community.

This same community is also very proud of Action Partners' Head Start’s Debra Palmer. She first entered the Head Start program as a teacher and now serves as the Family Services Coordinator. Debra was nominated to be a recipient of a national award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C., called the Bammy Award in the category of Head Start Staff Member. Once nominated by the National Office of Head Start, Debra received an outpouring of community testimonials, from past students whom she taught as a Head Start teacher to neighbors, coworkers and friends.

The community support is what won her a place on the Academy of Education’s red carpet, where she wore a floor-length red gown that was loaned to her through the Action Partners’ Cinderella Project of Maine. The event, which came complete with an orchestra performing on the stage as Bammy Award recipients accepted their awards, took place in September. Debra is the first ever recipient of a Bammy Award in her category.

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