Success Stories

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. John Wallace

John Wallace says: “Head Start ignites the fire to learn among low-income children, like myself, who go on to ignite that fire for others.”

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Families Experiencing Poverty on Journey to Financial Stability

Family Service Worker Michelle Myers has seen firsthand how Early Head Start helps families experiencing poverty lift themselves out of poverty once they have the resources and support they need to reach their goals. “Having at least one trusting and supportive person can make a world of difference,” she says. As a family service worker…

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Defining Diaper Need with Joanne Goldblum

Diaper need is the inability to access an adequate supply of diapers and it is a silent crisis in America. Early Head Start addresses the diaper needs of over 200,000 children and families each year and supports policies and programs that provide one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families: access to clean, dry…

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Marshalynn Franklin

Marshalynn Franklin says: “The single act of enrolling in Head Start changed my life and now my children are second-generation beneficiaries.”

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Remembering Dr. Marvin Hogan

On November 6, 2021, the Head Start community lost former CEO and Executive Director of the Friends of Children of Mississippi Dr. Marvin Hogan.

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Therapeutic Interagency Preschool Program Serves Infants and Toddlers who’ve Experienced Trauma

WCCS launched its Therapeutic Interagency Preschool program to address the growing need to support children who’ve experienced trauma.

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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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ESL Program Helps Oklahoman Refugee Parents Advocate for Themselves and Their Children

Esther Cing had to rebuild her life when she fled from violence in Myanmar and settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2016. Esther, who is Zomi, and her family started by trying to find the basic necessities. Fortunately, Esther found a bustling Zomi community in Tulsa, where upwards of 7,000 Zomi/Burmese refugees now live. And through her new community, she…

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Celebrating Latino and Hispanic Heritage at MCDC

Montclair Child Development Center’s growing Hispanic service population informs their commitment to cultural competency.

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Parent with Autism Becomes Advocate

I didn’t always know that I was autistic, but I have always had great anxiety and difficulty forming and keeping relationships. I used to worry that I would be a terrible mother, or that someone would take my children away because of my mental illness. So before my first child was even born, I made…

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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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Brushing Up on Oral Health

Oral health is a key aspect of a child’s school readiness. Head Start promoting oral health habits in early childhood.

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