Council for Professional Recognition Congratulates Khari Garvin on his Appointment as National Director of the Head Start Program

March 8, 2023
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March 8, 2023
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Professional Recognition congratulates Khari Garvin on his appointment as the new Director of the Office of Head Start at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Garvin has more than 20 years of national, state, and local experience serving children and families in underserved communities. Before joining the Biden-Harris administration, Garvin served as the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Greensboro in North Carolina, leading the mission to end generational poverty in the Greensboro metro area. Garvin is a proud alumnus of the National Head Start Fellowships program, where he worked at the Office of Head Start.

The Council’s CEO, Dr. Calvin Moore, Jr., says, “On behalf of the nearly 1 million early childhood educators who’ve earned a Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™, we look forward to working with Khari Garvin to support and improve early learning. Garvin’s appointment is a testament to his unwavering commitment to early childhood education and the betterment of our communities. We congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his leadership and look forward to the positive impact he will make in this important role.”

The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings, including Head Start. The CDA® is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement.


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings including Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family childcare, and home visitor programs. As a nonprofit organization, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing. To date, close to one million Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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