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January 29, 2020

Head Start Recognizes Rep. David Trone as Congressional Champion for Children and Families: PROMISE Award Given During Head Start on the Hill Event


Contact: Hannah Muldavin, 

Head Start Recognizes Rep. David Trone as Congressional Champion for Children and Families

PROMISE Award Given During Head Start on the Hill Event

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. David Trone (MD-06) was recognized by the National Head Start Association for his continued support of Head Start with the PROMISE (Protecting Our Most Important Students Early) Award.

Rep. David Trone was honored with the PROMISE Award specifically because of his:

  • Leadership on the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, which has played an active role in elevating the intersection between substance use disorders and what happens in families and communities.
  • Leadership on the bipartisan Dear Colleague letter that highlighted the importance of leveraging Head Start to support whole families in addressing childhood trauma and substance use disorder.

“This year we achieved necessary and record-level funding for early childhood programs to address the devastating impact the opioid epidemic has had on our children and families,” said Rep. David Trone, founder of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction. “I’ve witnessed first-hand in my district Head Start’s phenomenal work supporting Maryland’s most vulnerable children and families, and I know they will be steadfast partners as we continue to push for more funding to fight the addiction crisis in our country.”

“Head Start children and families are grateful for Representative Trone’s support and thank him for keeping the commitment to Head Start in both his words and his deeds,” said NHSA’s Executive Director Yasmina Vinci. “For 55 years, Head Start has been partnering with vulnerable children and families on their paths to success, and our impact would not be possible without the steadfast support of our long-standing allies in Congress.”

NHSA’s PROMISE Award honors members of the Congress who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to Head Start and to serving our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families, not only in their districts/states, but across the nation. This year’s PROMISE Awards have been presented to members of Congress who have led the charge in supporting Head Start’s work to address childhood trauma.

Rep. Trone received the PROMISE Award during the annual Head Start Breakfast on the Hill, where congressional champions addressed Head Start parents, alumni, and other supporters who were on Capitol Hill to advocate for the early childhood development program with members of Congress and their staff.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.