For Immediate Release

NHSA & Altron Inc. Announce Partnership

Washington DC – June 22nd, 2021 – NHSA and Altron Inc. have partnered to support the redevelopment of Parent Gauge, Head Start’s signature tool for measuring family engagement. Parent Gauge, which launched in 2017, is a research-based assessment tool that collects input and data from parents and guardians about their Head Start experiences. Parent Gauge explores families’ experiences with everything from entry and transition to the knowledge of child development to health and nutrition. The conversations conducted using Parent Gauge enhance the relationships between guardians and staff and bring unparalleled data to programs to guide their engagement efforts.

“By working together thoughtfully and systematically, parents and teachers can bring out the best in one another,” says NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci. “For the past 4 years, Parent Gauge has equipped directors and staff with key inputs needed to set family-centered goals that align with national standards. Altron and NHSA will set a new watermark for data-informed decision making and continuous improvement in family engagement.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Altron and are grateful to bring their technical expertise to the Parent Gauge mission,” said Deputy Director for Community Engagement and Innovation Dr. Deborah Bergeron. “No doubt, the platform and the Head Start parent community nationwide will benefit from Altron’s generosity and innovation.”

Parent Gauge provides immediate feedback to staff alongside program-level data about effectiveness and areas for improvement. The new platform, set to launch this fall, will improve usability and fast-track quantitative data analysis, and streamline benchmarking.

“We are very excited to be working on this opportunity with NHSA on this application to help those in the Head Start community. Through our work with NHSA, we recognize the importance of this tool to the overall Head Start mission. Our volunteer work with NHSA is an initiative that Altron is proud to embrace and hopes to continue this type of work in the future for the sake of our community,” said Altron’s President John Estrada. 

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About NHSA 

The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 270,000 staff, and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.

About Altron

Altron is an engineering, technology, and professional services firm that has been providing award-winning solutions and services for over 25 years. From developing secure and reliable software solutions for the U.S. Navy and the Department of Justice to testing and monitoring connected and autonomous vehicle systems to controlling the passport processing life-cycle for the Department of State, the Altron team is trusted by key federal agencies and corporate clients to perform under rigorous requirements.

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