“My grandson, Malique, is 2 years old and goes to Matrix’s Early Head Start. The program generally serves low-income families, which is important, but it also serves children with special needs. It’s a blessing. Malique got to be a part of the program because he didn’t pass a hearing test at birth. So, he qualifies for Early Head Start because of that.
Early Head Start is not a daycare center. It is a place for children to come and connect, to learn outside the home. Home is set up one way. When kids come to school, it’s another environment. It relates to home in a lot of ways, but there’s a learning process that goes on.
Some people may not look at it and be able to tell that kids are learning, but they are. It’s learning at a child’s level. If we wait until kids are 4 or 5 years old to put them in school, they’re already behind. When my granddaughter was in kindergarten, she was already having spelling tests. I wasn’t doing spelling tests in kindergarten.