My Head Start Story: Ramona
Story submitted by: Ramona Topete
Family Development Educator – Early Head Start
Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc.
This interview was originally published by Child Development Resources in May 2023.
Ramona wanted to share the story about her daughter, Isis Topete, and her experience as a CDR Head Start student in the late 90s and how that journey guided her to a career as a successful pediatric optometrist.
“I didn’t know about Head Start back then,”
My Head Start Story: Brenda
Story submitted by: Brenda Poteete
Executive Director, Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities Head Start and Head Start Parent
When I became a Head Start parent of two young children in 1987, I was working fulltime in a retail job and raising two children with my husband. We were enrolled in a home-based program and I went from being the shy parent who sat at the back of the room for parent meetings to being the parent committee representative and then to the chairperson of the Policy Council.
My Head Start Story: Valery
Story submitted by: Valery
Head Start Alumni, Parent, and Staff
Our Head Start story began in 1995. My mother and father were working hard to lay a strong foundation for our little family. They were immigrants with two young daughters to raise in an unfamiliar country. When I was four, they enrolled me in a Head Start program.
At that time, my mother was working the graveyard shift at a local Target. This freed her days to volunteer in the classroom and attend the parent workshops.
My Head Start Story: Sebastian
Story submitted by: Sebastian
Head Start Alumni
I am an alumni of UCLA’s Early Head Start Program from 2005-2006. After attending those years, I was more than prepared to tackle pre-school. My academic work ethic stuck with me since then. I became the top student in elementary school and Valedictorian in middle and high school. Currently, I attend UC Berkeley studying Mechanical Engineering.
Besides my academic trajectory, I have been impacted by the amazing opportunities to help my community.
My Head Start Story: Daniela
Story submitted by: Daniela
Head Start Alumni and Parent
Dear Head Start,
I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous impact your program has had on my life and the lives of my children. When my mother, sister and I immigrated from Mexico to San Diego in 1988, I enrolled in Head Start as a young child. The compassionate staff encouraged my mother to sign up for night school classes so that both of us could learn English,
Head Start Cuento: Martha
Presentado por Martha
Padre de Head Start
Cuando mi hijo tenía 3 años de edad, estaba buscando desesperadamente ayuda de cuidado de niños o inscribirlo en la “escuelita” ya que era una mama, desempleada, con depresión y apunto de ir a la banca rota. Por lo cual necesitaba ayuda para poder buscar un trabajo, o ir a la escuela, superarme y darle una mejor vida.
Head Start a sido una bendición en la vida de nuestra familia.
My Head Start Story: Naomi
Story submitted by: Naomi Byrdo
Head Start Alumni
In the tapestry of my life’s journey, the vibrant threads of Head Start have woven a narrative that resonates deeply within me, shaping not just who I am, but also my unwavering commitment to the world of education. As we approach celebrate Head Start Awareness Month this October, I am compelled to share a heartfelt story that encapsulates the profound impact this program has had on my family,
My Head Start Story: Angelica
Story submitted by: Angelica
Head Start Alumni & Teacher
Attending Migrant Head Start was an experience that left a lasting impact on my life. As a child, I knew that attending Head Start enabled my parents to go to work, however, I didn’t realize the lifelong positive outcomes I would be receiving. As I think about my time at Migrant Head Start, several memories come to mind.
I remember my mom dropping me off when it was still dark and handing me over to smiling ladies,
My Head Start Story: Ciara
Story submitted by: Ciara
Head Start parent
My journey with Head Start began when we were a young, struggling family of six. My husband and I were both in college and working part-time to care for our four children. Our middle daughter started the Head Start program and things in our life immediately began to improve. Head Start paid for us to go to marriage counseling to help improve our relationship, provided us with a fireplace baby gate to keep our toddler safe and gave us opportunities to learn parenting and child development skills.
The Power of Head Start story: By Raina
Story submitted by: Raina
Head Start coach
San Bernardino County Preschool Services
As a Head Start staff member and parent, I have been personally impacted by Head Start in a positive and progressive way. I have worked in Head Start for a little over 10 years and my son was a Head Start child. Entering as a teacher when I started in Head Start was a blessing for me. I thought I was signing up to be just a teacher and learned that Head Start was more than supporting a child’s educational development.