UCLA Anderson School of Management Trains Head Start Heroes

UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Price Center) will partner with the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute in training executive leaders and managers for excellence in Head Start programming.

As part of a $6 million per year, five-year award, the Price Center will strengthen its Head Start Management Fellows Program. UMass Donahue will apply its share of this funding to lead the Head Start National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO).

The Price Center has been a leader for more than two decades in training entrepreneurial leaders and managers in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Head Start programs have benefited from the leadership of 1,400 managers and directors who have emerged from Price’s program. The founding of the Head Start Management Fellows Program was a natural outgrowth of this relationship.

UCLA Anderson Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. is the faculty director of the Price Center and also its founder. In a press release he said, “We are pleased to continue the Head Start Management Fellows Program through the [NCPFMO]…By developing an entrepreneurial mindset and competence, our participants will be able to design strategies, assemble resources, manage operating risks and achieve and exceed their goals of raising families out of poverty, and preparing children to be healthy and ready for school and life.”

Dr. Blanca Enriquez, who was recently appointed the director of the Office of Head Start, is a graduate of the program, as is former Head Start Bureau Commissioner Helen Taylor.


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Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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