Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs Recognized as a Program of Excellence by the National Head Start Association

(Crookston, Minn.)- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. announced that Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs has earned the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) Program of Excellence Accreditation. The NHSA Program of Excellence recognizes and supports innovative and outstanding Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the nation. This achievement is earned by early childhood programs that consistently demonstrate excellence in program management, service performance, and child and family support.

Through a three-month application process, our staff demonstrated that Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs has met 41 Indicators of Excellence that designate high quality. To earn the five-year accreditation, our staff had to demonstrate excellence in all the facets of our operation, including: leadership; effective and efficient management; transparent and sound fiscal stewardship; informed, responsible, and responsive program governance; meaningful partnerships with parents and families; highly-experienced and educated staff; state-of-the-art programming; and quality services that reflect and respond to the aspirations and needs of children and families.

“I couldn’t be happier that NHSA has recognized our staff for the outstanding work they do for the kids and their families,” says Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley CEO.

The 2022-27 Program of Excellence accredited programs are:

Learn more about the accreditation:

For more information about Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs, visit or call 800-584-7020. For Tri-Valley center locations, visit