Dr. Blanca Enriquez, ESC Region 19 Head Start Executive Director was named the new Office of Head Start (OHS) Director by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The announcement was made official on Thursday, April 2 at National Head Start Association Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.
As OHS director, Dr. Enriquez will oversee the nation’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which serve more than 1 million children each year. These programs provide high-quality, comprehensive early care and education to low-income children. Head Start services are designed to increase school readiness and foster the healthy development of young children from birth to age 5.
“I’m delighted to welcome Blanca Enriquez to the team at HHS,” said Secretary Burwell. “With this year being the 50th Anniversary of Head Start, it is very satisfying to know that Blanca will be leading one of our essential programs and one in which she has been deeply involved with for almost 28 years. I am confident that she will prove to be a strong advocate and leader for this program.”
Since 1986, Dr. Enriquez has served as the executive director for the ESC Region 19 Head Start program. In El Paso, Head Start serves more than 4,500 children throughout 30 Head Start centers.
“I'm excited about the appointment and honored to join the Office of Head Start,” said Dr. Enriquez. “I’m also looking forward to collaborating with a team of incredible professionals with the same commitment and passion for making a difference in the lives of the young children who need and count on us most.”