Splash 2021

Splash 2021 Speaker:
Cleo Rodriguez

Session Title:

Updates from Washington, DC and Beyond: Bringing Forward National Updates to Child Care, Head Start and Early Education

A new administration brings new opportunities. With a new administration in Washington, DC so much is changing in the field of Early Childhood.  Cleo will overview the new initiatives, new funding streams, and new legislation (proposed and passed) related to early education. Every early education professional should be well versed on the latest information.   The information shared will serve to strengthen outcomes for programs, children, and their families.

Cleo’s Bio:
Cleofas “Cleo” Rodriguez, Jr. is a recognized leader in early education, serving as Executive Director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) and formerly the Executive Director of the Texas Head Start Association (THSA).  In both capacities he worked at the State Capitol and on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of children and their families. He is a graduate of Texas State University where he was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2013.  Cleo’s innovative leadership resulted in the conception and development of the NMSHSA summer internship program for former Migrant and Seasonal Head Start students.  This program launches the professional careers of many young Latinos who otherwise may have been delayed in their career attainments.  In fact, it was through this work that the Mexican Government recognized and awarded the prestigious Othli Award.  Cleo was recently conferred Honorary Consul of Mexico to the South Texas Gulf Coast region.  In this capacity he works on community/educational engagement, economic growth, protections, and culture and arts.