Harris County Department of Education Director Venetia Peacock has been elected president of the Texas Head Start Association for 2007.
About 1,100 association members statewide include Head Start directors, staff, parents and friends. A goal of the organization is to provide a powerful voice for low-income children and their families who benefit from the wide spectrum of services and quality education provided by Head Start programs.

Peacock, a Houston Third Ward resident, directs the regional Head Start Area 1 for Harris County Department of Education which oversees 17 Head Start centers in east Harris County. She joined the department in 2000 and is credited with developing numerous community partnerships with the HCDE centers to better serve Head Start families.

"My goal as president is to help people see how Head Start makes a difference in the social and academic development of so many children," she said. "I plan to spread the stories of our successes."

Peacock holds a master´s in business administration from LeTourneau University and a bachelor´s in science from the University of Houston. She was raised in Burkeville, a rural East Texas community.

Priorities for the association, she says, include uniting the voice of all Texas Head Starts in advocating for children, families and Head Start services. Federal funding issues continue to be a priority, as well as maintaining comprehensive staff training.

About Head Start:

Head Start is a federally funded program that prepares children 3-4 for school. It also supports and promotes parent participation as it builds stronger families. Low-income families or families of children with special needs benefit from services. Harris County Department of Education services families residing in east Harris County, providing 17 area centers for children and their families. For more information, call (713) 672-9343. Access www.hcde-texas.org .

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