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WANDA JEAN MESHACK SMITH

Founded Dallas County Family Services later renamed Head Start of Greater Dallas. For 40-plus years, Smith was responsible for day-to-day operations of Head Start and Early Head Start. She administered a $35 million budget and supervised 700+ employees at 45 centers and served more than 4000 children. Partnerships were established with Texas Instruments, Dallas Housing Authority SMU and numerous private donors. One of only 30 individuals nationwide named to the Head Start Hall of Fame. Honored with an endowed scholarship at Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas.


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