“So often you get the runaround. Head Start sends us to the right place or they get help to come to us. It’s comforting as a parent to have people to help you find answers.”

“I was actively looking online for a preschool program for my 4-year-old daughter. I was in dire need of her being able to get out of the house and to start interacting with other kids, so she wouldn’t feel so emotionally isolated.

She’s a tall girl, so people think she’s older than she is. Emotionally though, she’s like a toddler. We started New St. Paul Head Start in the fall and they helped her get an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

She’s finally starting to open up. She comes home now and will tell me about her day. Her teachers love her and have really helped her. My daughter’s mom isn’t in the house all the time, so the teachers are that mother-figure she needs.

It’s difficult to raise a daughter as a single dad. I can do the tea parties and play with her, but it’s hard to help her build her confidence. Now, she’s finally standing up for herself, even with her sister and brothers at home.

When she started at New St. Paul, she was just pointing at everything, and not talking. That’s getting better. I’m still worried about her being academically prepared for the world. Now that she’s doing better emotionally and we’re at a great school that supports her, I hope that comes next.

I still feel like she needs a lot of help—like a therapist and speech therapist, and I’m happy New St. Paul is helping me find these things. It’s hard to find services. So often you get the runaround—go here, no go to this place. New St. Paul sends us to the right place or they get help to come to us. It’s comforting as a parent to have people to help you find answers.”

For more information about how Head Start supports children with special needs, click here. You can start the application process here.

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