The daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is the first Member of Congress to have graduated from Head Start! She attended Head Start in Orange County, California.
“Being a graduate of the Head Start program and knowing firsthand the benefits, it is my duty to be the lead advocate in Congress,” Congresswoman Sanchez wrote. “As a child, my mother worried about me entering school because she felt that I was not prepared. It was hard for me to talk to others and I had additional barriers that I did not know how to overcome. Luckily, my mother was informed of this new program, Head Start. Soon after I enrolled, my mother started to notice a difference in me, I even started to talk. I have said this from the beginning and I stand by it, if it were not for Head Start and the dedicated staff who have helped me identify and overcome my obstacles, I would not be where I am today. Head Start gives children and families the help that they need to become contributing members of society. Head Start is fundamental to the success that our future generations will reach.”
Throughout Head Start Awareness Month we are spotlighting Alumni from across the country. Check back every weekday as we publish new stories!