Amber: “I was 18 when I had my son. I didn’t know anything about little kids or babies. In the hospital I signed up for Healthy Start and I learned a lot. After two years in the program, I was told Head Start was the next step. My boy was in the 3’s program and I could go with him. I could even have my baby with me. When my son was in the 4’s class, Head Start helped me get my GED and even started my son reading. I joined the Policy council and a few other groups. I spoke to congress about the Early Learning Hubs. Head Start has been a huge part of my family’s life. When my daughter was in her 4’s class, I got signed up for Early Head Start for my baby. Our home visitor was at the doctor with us when I was pregnant and found out I was sick. I was even able to do some of my home visits while I was getting chemotherapy at the hospital. Head Start has also helped my family by providing parenting classes and worked with my daughters’ counselor.” Amber has continued to be an integral part of the Head Start family. She will be joining the Yamhill Early Learning Hub's Early Learning Council as a parent advocate.
Miranda: “I am a single parent and have been sober 5 years now. I am also a first time mom with a 6 month old daughter. I could never imaging how difficult raising a child would be. We are on TANF, WIC, and receive food benefits. We also live with Freedom’s grandma and grandpa. If we weren’t here, we’d probably be homeless. I am blessed to be where I am today and my daughter Freedom is proof that Head Start is a wonderful program that I know so much about because my mother works there. I know that Freedom will only get the best education and care from the wonderful teachers who work for Head Start. In such a short time she is already learning so much!”
Alejandra: “I went to Head Start as a child and remember my teacher telling me to scribble out my angries or pound on playdough if I was angry. Head Start uses play and therapy so I decided to enroll my two children so they too can benefit from the therapeutic effects of play.”