Tulsan Invited to White House

CHAMPION AWARDED: Tulsan Caren Calhoun gained the attention of the White House for her work with Head Start Tulsa. She is among eleven individuals who will be honored by President Obama for standout work completed in Head Start offices across the nation.


Tulsan Caren Calhoun heads to Washington D. C. this summer to be honored as a “Champion of Change.” The White House will honor Calhoun as one of eleven people from Head Start programs across the country demonstrating a commitment to delivering on the promise of Head Start in their local communities.

More than 45 years after its inception, Head Start continues to serve as a national laboratory for how we think about educating and caring for our youngest, most vulnerable children. “Today’s Head Start Champions of Change have collectively shaped the lives of thousands of children and their families,” says Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy. “Each day, these champions work to innovate and forge new paths to deliver the support that our most vulnerable children and families need to reach their full potential and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. This work is essential in helping our country win the future.”

Calhoun is the executive director of Tulsa Educare, where she oversees three early childhood education centers for low-income children and their families. Calhoun has created strong partnerships within the community to develop two-generation programs to help families break the cycle of poverty. She completed a yearlong national head start fellowship in Washington, D.C, at the office of Head Start and Administration for Children and Families, Budget & Policy Division, prior to returning to Tulsa and assuming her current position.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. Each week, the White House highlights a different sector and group of champions, ranging from educators and entrepreneurs to community leaders. They are recognized for their work in serving and strengthening their communities.

Updated 06-25-2012

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