Malkia Payton-Jackson

Alumni Spotlight: Pathways for Young Parents

Two Head Start alumnae from Community Action Alger-Marquette Head Start in Michigan tell their stories of finding their own paths to thriving futures as young parents.

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Alumni Spotlight: Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez, Baytown Head Start’s new health services coordinator, didn’t know he had been a Head Start student when he applied for the job.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer DeMars-Ellison

Jennifer DeMars-Ellison says: “We are extremely proud to be a Head Start family.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Tashia Lemon-Guillory

Tashia says: “I attended Head Start, came to work with Head Start, and I remain with Head Start because Head Start changes lives.”

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Macy Jones, Bold and Decisive Leader in Times of Crisis

Head Start Director Macy Jone’s community was hit hard by COVID-19. She hired a full-time licensed clinician to provide support.

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Preparation and Collaboration Serve Families in Crisis

Deputy Director of Duval Head Start/Early Head Start in Florida Maria McNair went a long way to help families adjust to virtual programming.

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Alumni Spotlight: Josalyn Brown Robinson

Head Start alumna Josalyn Brown Robinson says: “Head Start gives a foundation with lifelong effects on children. We see the benefits every day.”

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Facing Collective Trauma, Prioritizing Protective Factors

As the pandemic hit, Anat Weisenfreund focused on supporting and empowering staff and families as they were engulfed in collective trauma.

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Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Parker

Thomas Parker says: “My early experiences in my community, including Head Start, shaped and prepared me to be a force for systemic change.”

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Supporting Teams with a Strength-Based Foundation

Melissa McPheeters approaches obstacles with a strengths-based foundation and abundance mindset combined with a focus on socio-emotional safety and connection.

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Drive-Through Distributions, Community Partnerships Help Mitigate Food Insecurity

Kristina Bedikian is a champion for children and families with an ability to forge community partnerships to mitigate food insecurity.

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Culturally Responsive Leadership During COVID-19

Willing Chin-Ma employed a culturally responsive approach to supporting families with forward-looking leadership during COVID-19.

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