“Head Start has done wonders for me. I started working with Head Start when I was 18 years old. I’ve always been passionate about working with young children. Being bilingual allowed me to help parents and staff. Over 25+ years, I’ve worked as a home visitor, classroom teacher, lead classroom teacher and eventually a site director.
In addition to working with Head Start, my family has owned A&W Day Care for the last 20 years. Last year, we were able to bring Early Head Start to the center through an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership with New St. Paul Head Start. We have four Early Head Start classrooms in our center, Bright Beginning Head Start.
The Child Care Partnerships are a new, innovative way to bring Early Head Start to the community. With support from the New St. Paul Head Start Agency, our Early Head Start classrooms have the same requirements for teacher credentials, curriculum and safety. Through Early Head Start, we’re able to provide resources to our families, such as free diapers and wipes, job training, health care and so much more. Our families have the benefit of longer hours since the classrooms are located within our day care center.
It’s such an important program for young children. It connects them to learning outside of the home, and helps the whole family. We try to help parents with whatever support they need in becoming more self-sufficient.
I want parents to know that Head Start helps families prepare for today, tomorrow and beyond. We strive to make our parents feel like they’re part of a family by supporting their children. Head Start helps families make goals and reach them. These are skills that follow you the rest of your life.”