June 07, 2004

Johnson & Johnson to Continue Funding for Head Start Training Program

Head Start J&J Management Fellows Program has Trained Over 900 Executives

Head Start J&J Program

Los Angeles — The Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program has operated successfully for 13 years under the administration and academic direction of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and with joint funding from Johnson & Johnson and the Head Start Bureau in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1991, the program has trained over 900 Head Start executives, serving millions of children nationwide. Noted child development experts and members of Congress have heralded the program as one of the finest examples of an effective public-private partnership – with our nation’s children and their families as the ultimate beneficiaries.

In March 2004, the Head Start Bureau determined that it could no longer continue the partnership under the original agreement. But Johnson & Johnson will continue the program in 2004 as the sole remaining funder, and training programs for Head Start Directors will be offered again this June and July.

The Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program has produced many accomplished Head Start executives who have made exceptional contributions to the field of early childhood development. This group includes: Helen Taylor, who became the Head Start Associate Commissioner in Washington, D.C., Ron Herndon, current chairman of the National Head Start Association; Manda Lopez, executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association; Amanda Bryans, director of operations for the Head Start Bureau; and Lawrence Pucciarelli, director for the Head Start State Collaboration for Rhode Island, among others.

The Management Fellows Program builds both executive and entrepreneurial management skills. Eighty hours of classroom instruction include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and workshops. Designed from a strategic planning perspective, subject materials from human resource management, organization design and development, finance, computers and information systems, and operations and marketing, the curriculum focuses on applying concepts to relevant Head Start needs and interests. The curriculum represents a course of study developed by UCLA faculty, the Program Advisory Board, and field research and focus groups.

The program remains committed to Head Start executives who exhibit strong leadership abilities and dedication to enhancing the lives of children. Fellows have proven that when armed with world-class, executive management training, there is no limit to the scope of what they can achieve as advocates for the children they serve, their families and their communities.

About Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The Company is headquartered in New Brunswick, NJ.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs and doctoral programs.

UCLA Anderson's faculty includes outstanding educators and researchers who share their scholarship and expertise in such fundamental areas as finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, decision sciences, operations and technology management, human resources and organizational behavior, information systems, strategy and policy.

Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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