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CAO Has a New Administrator for Head Start/Early Head Start

CAO Has a New Administrator for Head Start and Early Head Start

CAO Has a New Administrator for Head Start and Early Head Start 

(BUFFALO, NY) – The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has hired Chelsea White as their new Early Childhood Administrator for Head Start and Early Head Start. White is offering extensive expertise in early childhood education and is working diligently with all CAO partners to create the best path forward.

CAO was notified on May 14, 2020, by The U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Head Start (OHS), they have made the decision to not award the Niagara County Head Start/Early Head Start grant that was posted in November, 2019. HHS stated they will repost the funding opportunity in the near future and CAO are welcomed to apply. Community Development Institute (CDI), a transition agency, will oversee the programming in Niagara County until a provider is identified.  

Chelsea White, as the new Early Childhood Administrator, will be implementing the transition plan on behalf of CAO. CAO is working with the CDI to ensure a seamless transition under the new program operator. CAO will ensure staff currently working in Niagara County will be given an opportunity to stay with CAO or apply for employment with the new agency. All children and families currently being served will remain in service without interruption.

As CAO continues to operate the Head Start and Early Head Start program in Erie County, along with the Early Childhood Daycare Partnership program, they are committed to their mission of delivering high quality services.

“We will continue providing comprehensive services to children and families to ensure children are school ready when they leave our program and parents are strong advocates within their communities. We will take every opportunity to learn and create a brighter future for our Head Start and Early Head Start families,” White said. 

Executive Director of CAO, L. Nathan Hare looks forward to working with White to build on the services CAO provides to families across Western New York.

“We have a deep appreciation for all of our partners who have worked with us in building and sustaining the Niagara County Head Start and Early Head Start program over these past five years in,” Hare said. “Our efforts to provide high quality early education and child care services will continue to be the center of our services as part of our mission to empower low-income families and battle socio-economic disparities.”



The Community Action Organization of WNY was designated in 1965 as the official anti-poverty agency for Erie County with a mission to serve the unmet needs of our low income population. Today, CAO serves more than 50,000 families and individuals within Erie and Niagara Counties through a variety of programs and services. Visit for more information.