In 1967, my mother enrolled me in Head Start at 3 years old. I loved the environment, the teachers, socialization and field trips! After that first year ended, I was more social, and began putting letters together to spell words. I started reading simple books at 4 years of age. My love for learning began in Head Start. Though I was born to a teen mother, she instilled the importance of learning and supported my school experiences at home. Years later, I remember accompanying my grandmother to the Head Start program in her community where she worked as a cook. I got to help the students, reading and playing with them. Head Start matters; it is where I started and where I will stay. Head Start is a part of me!
Now, I serve as the program governance coordinator at Community Action Partnership of Kern Head Start. I thoroughly enjoy the interactions I have with parents and exposing them to leadership opportunities and seeing them grow from hesitantly participating as a Regional Parent Committee member to becoming a member and holding a position on the Policy Council Executive Board. These parents gain knowledge of the ins and outs of the program and are a part of the shared decision making process in key areas along with our Board of Directors. Through this powerful tool, I have seen several parents gain the confidence to attend school, enter the workforce and advocate for their children in ways they didn’t know they could. I am proud to be a part of a program that empowers parents with the necessary tools for today, tomorrow and the future of their family. Download the flier of this story.
Community Action Partnership of Kern Head Start
Head Start Graduate, 1968