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1. Country's Flagship Preschool Program, Head Start, Celebrates 50 Years
This month we honor Marissa Marquez, a committed community advocate and Assistant City Attorney with the Houston Legal Department's Office of the Inspector General.
“Money was often tight growing up but my mother and extended family did all they could to make sure my brothers and I were provided with the opportunities and resources to help us thrive. Thankfully a government-funded program called Head Start afforded me crucial access to early childhood education while my mother attended school...."
I first became acquainted with Head Start about 28 years ago. My son was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with severe autism. As a young parent without much family support, I struggled to make ends meet as I grappled with how to deal with what was then a condition we knew very little about. I was devastated, overwhelmed, and felt as though I had nowhere to turn— until a local Community Action office told me about the local Head Start program.
Monday, May 18th is the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the founding of the Head Start program.
I want to salute Head Start teachers across the country who are opening windows of opportunity for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. As a Head Start graduate and lifelong educator, I can speak firsthand to the incredible difference these teachers are making in their communities
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of one of America’s most significant early childhood initiatives: Head Start.
This Mother’s Day, as I reflect on my journey as a parent, I cannot imagine being where I am today without the truly life changing support of Head Start. In fact, as I celebrate six wonderful years of being a mother, Head Start honors a milestone of its own: this week marks the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s creation of a federally funded preschool program that would serve the nation’s poorest children.

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