Last year the nation celebrated Head Start’s 50th anniversary— 50 years of providing quality, comprehensive early learning programs to our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. As a proud Head Start alumna, I cannot imagine where I would be today without the window of opportunity Head Start offered me.
Head Start was the one consistent, positive thing I had in my life as a child.
I grew up the youngest of three children, raised by a single mother in poverty stricken areas of the Las Vegas Valley. Drugs and violence were something my siblings and I were accustomed to seeing, and we lacked many basic necessities as my mother struggled to make ends meet for our family.
Head Start was the one consistent, positive thing I had in my life as a child. Head Start gave me the important foundation every child needs to enter Kindergarten ready to succeed. I learned how to work well with others and be part of a team. The opportunity to enroll me in Head Start was an avenue for my mother to expose me to something positive other than my environment, even if it was just for a few hours a day. With this strong foundation I went on to succeed in school and beyond, and today have a successful career as a Human Resources Manager for a Fortune 500 company.
There is no better way of ensuring the success of our future leaders than giving them all the tools they need to be successful. So as we celebrate 50 years of Head Start, let’s all renew our commitment to ensuring every Nevada child, regardless of circumstance at birth, is given a fighting chance at success.