Beth Fleshman named Illinois Head Start Administrator of the Year
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[March 11, 2011]
Beth Fleshman, director of the
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, was awarded as
Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Head Start Association at
their annual meeting in Springfield. The award was presented by the
president of the association. Fleshman was nominated by her
Fleshman has been with Community Action Head Start since June of
2001 and has held the position of Head Start director since June of
2009. She has a bachelor's degree in education and taught in school
districts in Bloomington and the Lincoln area before joining
"We are so glad that Beth is being recognized
for her hard work and dedication for Head Start and the families we
serve," said Angela Stoltzenburg, executive director of Community
Action. "Beth's passion for the families we serve is evident. Under
her leadership the Community Action Head Start program has provided
expanded opportunities for the children and families we serve, such
as the ICAN grant, which provided medical education to families in
an effort to decrease unnecessary emergency room visits and increase
parent confidence in the care of their children."
In addition to Fleshman’s award, two Community Action Partnership
members were named to the state association's board of directors.
Stoltzenburg and Marcia Hieronymus, both of Lincoln, will represent
the Head Start program coordinated by Community Action in the
parent, staff and friend components.
The Illinois Head Start Association Annual Training Conference
was Feb. 28-March 4 in Springfield. Featured speakers were Lt. Gov.
Sheila Simon and Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National
Head Start Association. The conference was attended by the Community
Action Head Start management team.
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The Illinois Head Start
Association was incorporated in 1978 to represent and provide
services for all members of the Head Start community: directors,
staff, parents and friends. The association is committed to
enhancing the development of children, empowering families and
strengthening communities. In an advocacy role, the association
speaks in a unified voice and acts on issues affecting children and
Head Start serves 338 children and families in six central
Illinois counties. Applications are being accepted now for the
upcoming school year. Interested parents should contact their local
Community Action Head Start center or the Head Start enrollment
specialist at 217-732-2159, ext. 250, for more information.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of