Community Services for Children’s Head Start program named accredited Program of Excellence

The Community Services for Children (CSC) Head Start program received accreditation as a Program of Excellence from the National Head Start Association (NHSA). This is the second consecutive award for CSC.


NHSA’s Program of Excellence Accreditation recognizes and supports the outstanding performance of Head Start grant recipients across the country. This designation recognizes CSC for consistently demonstrating excellence in program management, service performance, and continually meeting robust outcomes for children birth to five years old, pregnant people, families, and the communities where they live. At the completion of the review process, the NHSA reviewers noted “it is impressive how CSC keeps their mission and vision at the forefront of their design and delivery of services.”


Deidra Vachier, CEO, adds “CSC’s Head Start/Early Head Start program demonstrates its commitment to quality through the achievement of the National Head Start Association’s Program of Excellence reaccreditation. This distinguished mark of excellence exemplifies CSC’s innovative programming, passion for the education of young children, and engagement of families and our community.  We are grateful for CSC’s dedicated staff for making this reaccreditation possible.”   


Community Services for Children’s mission is to “prepare young children and their families to succeed in learning and in life through comprehensive, innovative, leading edge services.” The Head Start/Early Head Start program provides services to over 1,200 children. The program operates in 63 classrooms across the region, in collaboration with eleven school districts. CSC along with NHSA, as a whole, is committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. CSC has core values of Excellence, Inclusion, Equity, Integrity, Connection, which guide all of our services. In addition to Head Start/Early Head Start, CSC operates The Early Learning Resource Centers and provides support services for school readiness, child abuse prevention and more. CSC serves over 18,000 children and their families each year.



Community Services for Children (CSC) is a regional leader in early childhood education, and family services. CSC’s Head Start/Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley program is recognized as a national center of excellence and innovation. CSC provides early childhood education and family services for economically disadvantaged throughout 17 counties of Northeast PA. Headquartered in Allentown, with offices in 10 counties, Community Services for Children is a 501-c-3 not for profit organization employing over 400 individuals who are committed to ensuring a successful future for children.