News Release

Community Action Names New Head Start Director

(St. Paul, MN)--May 20, 2011

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (Community Action) is pleased to announce Deborah Moses is the new senior director of the organization’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Moses brings more than 20 years of experience working in social service and Head Start early childhood education.

“Deb’s experience with Head Start, management of large-scale programs, and knowledge of our community are a perfect match for what we need in this unique position,” said Clarence Hightower, Executive Director. “We are very excited about her joining our agency.”

Moses comes to Community Action from the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services where she spent six years directing the Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise.  Prior to that, she was director of several Head Start programs at Parents in Community Action (PICA), including Health, Nutrition, Disabilities, and Social Service.  While there, she planned and implemented collaborative inclusive classrooms between Early Childhood Special Education and Head Start in both the Minneapolis and Osseo school districts.  She also received Head Start Regional Disability Coordinator of the year from the National Head Start Association.

“Head Start is truly where my heart is,” said Moses. “I love a challenge, and managing one of the largest Head Start programs in the state is a great opportunity.”

Moses holds a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in liberal arts from Metropolitan State University. She expects to complete her Ph.D. in public administration from Hamline University this year.

About Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Community Action brings together community resources to reduce poverty and help people help themselves. Community Action provides services such as early childhood education, energy services, and financial independence training. The organization also advocates on its participants’ behalf for funding and services, and works to help shape public policy on poverty-related issues.

As a nonpartisan, locally run, private nonprofit, Community Action is governed by a board composed of representatives from the low-income, government and business communities. Community Action has more than 250 employees and an annual budget of $20 million. It is part of a network of 1,100 Community Action agencies nationwide.

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