HARTFORD - Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday that Elena Trueworthy of New Britain will serve as the director of the Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office. In this role, she will be responsible for helping support implementation of the federal Head Start program, which provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and patient involvement services to low-income children and their families, a statement from the governor’s office said.
The position is housed within the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, the state’s leading agency that serves young children from birth to five and their families, and is authorized by the federal Head Start Act.
“We have a real opportunity in Connecticut to impact young lives from an early age so that as they grow, they can achieve greater educational opportunities that lead to success through their careers as adults,” Lamont said. “I am eager to have Elena working in this position – she truly has hands-on experience with Head Start and already knows so many of the people in this community who are affiliated with this program.”
“For nearly 20 years, Elena has worked to support high quality early childhood programs through grant-making, professional development, networking and coaching,” OEC Commissioner Beth Bye said. “She has also been a part of some of the most innovative work in the nation using population-level measures of child development and wellness - to then focus community efforts on improved child and family outcomes. Her experience with Head Start will be critical to the Office of Early Childhood as we work to build a more coordinated early childhood system.”
“I am excited at the significant potential to elevate the voice and the role of Head Start as a critical partner in Connecticut’s early childhood system,” Trueworthy said. “I look forward to being a part of the Office of Early Childhood leadership team and will work to create and strengthen collaboration that benefits all of our young children and their families, particularly those of low-income to ensure that they have the resources to succeed in life now and in the future.”
Trueworthy serves as associate director of early childhood investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, where since 2016 she has co-managed a portfolio inclusive of grants that support child health, parent education and leadership, community engagement, family childcare, bilingual career pathways, and program capacity building. Immediately prior to that, from 2011 to 2016 she served as the director of the organization’s Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative.
An active member of her community, Trueworthy has volunteered with several organizations including with the Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity, the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, and various local community-led groups to promote and advance the strengths of diversity.