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Kimberly Mansfield Named Director of Head Start

Kim Mansfield photoEASTCONN has named Kimberly Mansfield as the new Director of EASTCONN’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Mansfield will oversee EASTCONN’s Head Start programs in Windham and Tolland counties; the center-based programs in Plainfield, Putnam and Killingly; and the home-based program for families in eastern Connecticut.

“We are delighted to welcome Kim to our early childhood team,” said Diane Gozemba, Director of EASTCONN’s Early
Childhood Initiatives. “Our children, families and staff will thrive under her leadership.” 

Mansfield holds degrees in teaching and psychology and is co-president of Connecticut’s Association for the Education of Young Children, the state affiliate of the national organization.     

“I am excited to join the EASTCONN team and I look forward to getting back into more direct work with teachers and children,” Mansfield said. “Head Start provides so many key benefits for families and child development. It’s a way to help support our community and directly impact child growth in a positive way.”

Mansfield has taught in higher education and early childhood classrooms in public-school systems, child care centers and social service agencies. She has been a member of taskforce groups across the state, advocating for early childhood education.

Until recently, Mansfield was a full-time Early Childhood Education faculty member and Director of the Lab School at Mitchell College, where she oversaw the daily operations of the Lab School and its programs. For the past 15 years, she has been an education consultant, advocate and trainer, consulting on best practices in early childhood. 

Contact Kimberly Mansfield at kmansfield@eastconn.org.