“Our older children attended Early Head Start and started when they were around 2 years old. Luke, our youngest, is the first to start as an infant. He’s been in Matrix Early Head Start since he was 4 months old.
Having him start so young, my first concern was safety. There are so many children being abused in environments where they should be protected. When we brought him, we stuck around for a little while. I thought it was big that they allowed me to be involved. I got to see how they were handling other children when they were crying or cranky or not feeling well. Slowly, it got to the point where we were okay with just dropping him off.
This is a safe, effective program where your child will be nurtured, taught and cared for in a great way.
Early Head Start is helping us realize our own dream, too. Our parent educator asked us about our goals and what we wanted to do in life. We told her about our dream to open a center that helps adolescents who are going through things—maybe the loss of a parent, low self-esteem, etc. We want to be an all-around one-stop shop. She lit up like a light bulb. “You know I can help you do that.” Step-by-step, we’re getting there. This has been a dream since 1996, and we’re now, going to give birth to our baby. We’re very excited about that.”