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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 22, 2021

Heartland Head Start Governace Board annouces new Executive Director.

The Governance Board is pleased to announce Kalessa Edgerson as our new Executive Director for Heartland Early Head Start and Heartland Head Start. A broad search brought her to us as a possible Executive Director, and she was deemed our best candidate after interviewing with the Search Committee, the Governance Board, and visiting Heartland Head Start. She spent her day talking to Staff, touring the classroom sites, and getting a quick introduction to Bloomington-Normal.

Her background includes operating her own Child Care facility, working in Public Schools and Head Start. She has also worked with the domestic violence programs and at-risk youth. Kalessa has earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood from Grand Canyon University and has been approved by the Office of Head Start.

We are so excited to welcome her to Heartland Head Start and Bloomington-Normal as she has roots close to the Midwest having been raised in Ohio and now with family living in Michigan. She is joining Heartland Head Start with enthusiasm for an agency that has been serving McLean and Livingston county families with care and dignity since 1965….what a legacy that is!

Ms. Edgerson will begin her duties officially on November 15th. We hope everyone welcomes her to the Early Childhood providers’ network and to our community.

Julia Cotter, President, Governance Board Heartland Head Start

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