“Head Start has done wonders for me. My story starts with my own experience in Head Start as a child.
It really prepared me for school. When I got to kindergarten I was ready to be there. I knew how to do school. I knew how to make a friend, be a friend, how to follow directions. I still remember my Head Start teachers. It just made me ready to do school.
I’ve always loved children. I used to practice being a school teacher growing up! My educational background is social work. I was fascinated by it. I knew I wanted to give back and help other people and I do that by working at Head Start. I help children and families. Now, I’m the assistant director of Starfish Family Services’ Thrive by Five initiative, which includes four agencies providing Early Head Start and Head Start to Detroit families
I wish more parents knew the difference Head Start can make. The first five years of life are so crucial.
Each family gets different benefits from Head Start. Each child receives an individual plan. That’s huge! Head Start works with families where they are. What a self-esteem booster to know that from the age of 6 weeks, we’re focusing on a child’s whole future.
I want parents to know that Head Start is working with the entire family. We help families prepare for today, tomorrow and beyond. We help families figure out how to make goals and reach them. These are skills that follow you for the rest of your life.”