“You can see the staff and children grow throughout the years.”

“I’ve been with Head Start for 12 years, three with United Children and Family Head Start. My desire to work for Head Start began during college. I worked with Head Start as I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in family studies at Western Michigan University. I chose Head Start because they cater to the inner-city child: You just have to be low-income and live near the school in order to be a part of a Head Start program that serves children from birth to age 5.

I would recommend a career with Head Start because of all the benefits. You can see the staff and children grow throughout the years. A lot of the children that lived in this neighborhood always come back and they say, “I remember being in that school! I remember you!” The staff have obtained degrees, and you can say, “Wow, I remember when you just started,” and now you have a CDA, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. They’re working it all out.

I have my National Family Life Education certificate, and I am looking forward to getting my master’s degree in counseling at Spring Arbor University.

I like UCFHS because it’s a smaller agency. It’s more like a family. Most of the folks that work here have been here for a lot of years, and that experience helps me with my day-to-day duties. The most rewarding part of my job is in the morning, greeting the children and parents as they’re walking in every day: “It’s Monday!” or “Happy Spring!” They really enjoy it, and I like that.”

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