In Memory Of Ruth Neale: A True National Head Start Hero

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Ruth Neale was born on March 3, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on April 14, 2020. An advocate and active participant for early childhood education, Head Start/ Early Head Start Programs, and the New York Head Start Association. Ruth will be missed dearly by family, friends, and countless colleagues.

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A Message For Ruth from the Region II Head Start Association:


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Ruth Neale Memories:


"I always admired Ruth's dedication to the children and families she served and to the mission of Head Start. On one of our trips to Puerto Rico she took me under her wing and never let me fly alone, I will be eternally grateful for her wisdom, guidance and her love."-Marian Detelj, Director Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Head Start


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"A true leader, advocate, and inspiration in the full sense of the word.

Countless families and children are in a better place due to Ruth's efforts for a quality early childhood experience."- Pedro Cordero


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"The legacy Ruth Neale has left on the Head Start Community and especially the New York State Head Start Association is unmatched by any words that can be written."-Carolyn L. Wiggins, President, NYSHSA


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