The Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence
The award recognizes the successful implementation of the MIP Strategic Initiative developed by each Fellow. Up to two winners are selected annually from submitted applications to receive $5,000. Each award provides $3,000 to the program and $2,000 to the director.
New MIPs, as well as those designed at UCLA, are eligible for consideration, however; only one application per Fellow per cycle is permitted. The applications are judged on the MIP's creativity, originality, effective implementation, demonstrable impact on the Fellow's program and ability to be replicated in other Head Start programs.
Two Alumni Honored with 2010 Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence
At the 2010 National Head Start Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, two J&J alumni received the Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence. The winners included Rita Prats Rodriguez (2007 Fellow) and Kent Williams (2008 Fellow).
Rita Prats Rodriguez' MIP project focused on providing healthier food and changing parents' and children's attitudes about food in order to prevent illness, obesity and other nutritionally-related diseases. Rita's MIP has made dramatic changes at her organization without increasing costs. Rita's agency is located in New York City.
Kent Williams' MIP project is on the importance of fatherhood/male involvement. This MIP has had great impact both within and beyond the agency. He has developed three levels of training for his organization's staff, Head Start and Title 5 Sate subsidized child care providers. Through his project, he has seen a 50% increase in male involvement and has trained over 1,000 staff members and 2,500 parents and caregivers. Kent is located in San Jose, California.
Since 1993, the Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence has been presented to alumni of the Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program. The award recognizes the successful implementation of the Management Improvement Project (MIP), a strategic initiative developed by each Fellow. The applications are judged on the MIP's creativity, originality, effective implementation, demonstrable impact on the Fellow's program and ability to be replicated in other Head Start programs.
Lorraine Olsen with Conrad Person from Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions.
Al Osborne and Conrad Person with Lorraine.
2002 Award Recipients: J Davis and Pat Spaulding
J Davis with Conrad Person from Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions.
Patricia Spalding with Conrad Person.
Award winner, Alllison Johnson with from left, Conrad Person, Ed Zigler and Al Osborne.
2003 Award Recipient: Lorraine Olsen
Pam's award winning Management Improvement Project (MIP) addresses the gap in services for 3 year old children. Traditionally Early Head Start programs serve children through 36 months, but, then they cannot enter preschool Head Start until age 4. With the support of the Picayune School district (the grantee), Pam entered into an agreement with Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. (another Head Start grantee) to provide pre-school services for 45 three year old children. This was only the initial step with plans to continue this partnership with the purpose of providing services to all the eligible children in their community.
2005 Award Winners: Mary Hafner and Martha Staker
Recipients of the 2005 Helen Taylor Awards for Strategic Management are Mary Hafner, a 1996 graduate of the Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program and Martha Staker, a 1995 Fellow. The awards were presented in Orlando, Florida on May 25th at the National Head Start Association Annual Training Conference. These monetary awards represent the successful completion of the Management Improvement Project (MIP) by alumni of the Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program.
Mary Hafner's MIP's was to expand programming to full day/full year by purchasing a facility to accomplish this goal. In eighteen months, Mary was able to locate an appropriate building, secure funding from a variety of sources, complete renovations and move her program into their new home. They have received numerous kudos and publicity from the community media.
Martha Staker's MIP was to secure adequate funding to ensure the continuity and expansion of the Early Head Start Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Within 10 years Martha has successfully secured over $4 million in stable funding - through federal, state and local dollars plus private donations. They now serve over 300 children and families and offer additional programming including teen pregnancy case management program and a Healthy Start program for pregnant women and infants. Using private monies they wrote and produced three manuals that documented their experiences and lessons learned in implementing an Early Head Start program. These manuals are sold for additional funds.
Congratulations to Mary and Martha on the successful completion of these outstanding projects.
2004 Winner: Allison Johnson
2009 Award Winner - Sharilyn Cano
2008 Award Winner - Tonia Franks
2007 Award Winner - Clentine Fenner
2007 Award Winner - Ir>a Katzenstein, Cattaraugus
2007 Award Winner - Lucy McClintic, Lansing, Michigan
2006 Award Winner: Pamela Thomas from Picayune, Mississippi