Kathryn L. McCartney, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. McCartney has an undergraduate degree in social work and master’s degrees in early childhood education and educational technology and has worked in the field for over thirty years.
Ms. McCartney has worked with several research projects targeting Head Start children, including the Preschoolers at Academic Risk: Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development Research Project, the Texas Head Start Public School Transition Project and the Infant Health and Development Project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Center. This project served disadvantaged mothers with infants and pre-school children. Ms. McCartney was also instrumental in the implementation of the Language Enrichment and Activities Program (LEAP), a pre reading curriculum developed at Head Start of Greater Dallas that is now in use in programs across the country.
Ms. McCartney has served as adjutant facility for Dallas County Community College District for several campuses, Eastfield, Mountain View and Cedar Valley in the Child Development Department. She is a graduate of the John E, Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA as a Head Start-Johnson and Johnson Management Fellows Program. She just recently served in the Region VI Director/Mentor Program, mentoring new Head Start Directors.
She has held several positions since joining the Head Start of Greater Dallas program in 1995, from the Transition Director, Education Services Director to the Chief Operations Officer / Head Start Director. She has worked closely with all content areas including the Early Head Start Program. Ms. McCartney also works with several school districts in the Dallas Motorplex that partner with Head Start of Greater Dallas.
She is very active in the community; has maintained positions on several boards serving children and families in the Early Care Community.
She currently serves on the Texas Winds Musical Outreach board of directors, the Jubilee Park Board of Directors, and the Eastfield Child Development Advisory Council.