2020 PHSA Alumni Scholarship and Francine Bunch Award

Celebrate the successes of Head Start programs by honoring a Head Start Alumni, Parent or Staff Member!

Nominate a Head Start Alumni for the PHSA Alumni Scholarship and nominate a Parent, former Parent or Staff Member for the Francine Bunch Award.

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship winner Asucena Vergara!

Asucena was a student at the Luzerne County Head Start and is graduating from Elmer L. Meyers High School in Wilkes Barre. We are thrilled to watch her education continue at Kings College.

Congratulations Asucena!

Congratulations to the 2019 Francine Bunch Memorial Parent Award recipient Gonda Lee Meade and 2019 Francine Bunch Staff Award recipient PJ Barnes! Gonda and PJ have shown themselves to be exemplary role models in their communities and we are proud to honor them!

PA program wins NHSA Award


NHSA awarded the  Edward Zigler Innovation Award to Pocono Services for Families and Children  who operates The Mountain Center. This facility houses Head Start classrooms and more than a dozen community health and human services agencies.
NHSA states, “Located in rural Monroe County, The Mountain Center co-locates partners who can provide Head Start families and other vulnerable community members with necessary services like a food pantry, a summer meal program, housing support from Habitat for Humanity, nutrition assistance from WIC/Maternal and Family Health Services, legislative/constituent information from local elected officials, and counseling for victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse.
The Center also hosts sessions offering aid to the homeless, guidance on job searches, classes on learning English as a second language, and support for women starting their own businesses. About 17,000 community members accessed services at the Center during the 2017-2018 program year.”
NHSA celebrates a local program who partners to create positive, innovative and high impact services for children and their families with The Edward Zigler Innovation Award.