Rhode Island

A Stepping Stone to Success

I attended Head Start in Cranston, RI almost 30 years ago. Head Start allowed my young mother to continue working to support me and instilled a love of learning and public service in me that continues to this day. Now I proudly serve my country as a Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of State, representing America overseas. We are all capable of accomplishing wonderful things but some of need a head start. I am proof that providing this head start is a wise investment.


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I as a child attended Head Start and it helped me a lot with my transition to kindergarten. As far back as I can remember it was a wonderful experience. Now as an adult, my 3 year old son attends Head Start. Since his first day at school my son has learned a lot - from learning how to spell his name to good manners and sharing with his friends. He enjoys learning and comes home everyday from school with a new story about manners and tells me everything he learned in school. Without this program I feel as if the children would have a hard time when it comes time for them to start kindergarten. At least with the Head Start program kids will know what to expect going into kindergarten and can have some perception of what school is like. Also they will be excited to learn new things.

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I am a parent of a child enrolled in the Head Start school program. My child has had great success since the start of the year. The teachers are wonderful in handling my child's difficult at times behavior. They are always positive from the time I drop off til pick up. Being a family with low income, this program has assisted me with a number of things, from toys for my son to take home to help with the heating assistance program. The teachers and staff have also been helping me with going about finding assistance programs for my child's difficult behavior, to better his overall performance daily and learning. I am unbelievably thankful for this program and the teachers and staff members.

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Head Start is excellent! I'm a single mother of two boys, one a current student and the other a Head Start graduate. Our entire family has benefited from Head Start. The structure provided and positive behavior model set has been essential in both my boys. Especially at age three! The early literacy and language skills prepared my older son for the demanding curriculum of the elementary school. Thanks to Head Start both of my children have a love for learning, a positive view of school, and can't wait to get the most out of their education everyday. They approach learning as an exciting new challenge. Myself, I've found nothing but support from teachers and advocates. The teachers amaze me with the way they interact and engage the children, much more than any daycare I've been to. This has spilled over into the home setting in a very positive way. I've taken things home from the teachers and guest speakers which have made me a better mother. The structure and support were crucial as our family faced some adverse events. Head Start has been a main point in our family for the past three, will be four years. It's been a great experience for all of us. Without it we would not be where we are today.

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by Sara & Chris W.

Our daughter came 3 months early when she was born. After the shock wore off, it was a busy time for our family. In addition to her 3 month hospital stay, numerous doctor visits, homecare nurses, and medical equipment (oxygen) deliveries, we had a 3 year old son to care for. My parents were extremely helpful and did all they could to support us during the first few years. We also had the help and guidance of the NICU follow-up clinic, our pediatrician, and early intervention. However after she "graduated" from Early Intervention, we felt she was fine but we didn't really know for certain. We had an opportunity to move closer to my parents around this same time and it allowed us to be closer to our major support system/network. The time we lost at wrok in our daughter's early years, coupled with living in a more expensive location meant that our daughter would not be able to attend preschool. She was extremely shy and only wanted us or her grandparents. A flyer came home from our son's school about Head Start. Our daughter qualified and began 3X per week the following school year when she was 4 years old. She is now five years old, in her second year at Head Start in North Kingstown, RI, and we are pleased with both her academic and social skills. Head Start has allowed us both to send our daughter to preschool and to work to support our family. It also takes some of the childcare burden off our aging parents. Our daughter is a happy, healthy 5 year old girl who has been thriving due to her time at Head Start. She will be academically and socially ready to handle the transition to kindergarten in the fall. We will be forever grateful for the teachers and administrators at South County Community Action's Head Start in North Kingstown.

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My grandsons who live with me attended full time daycare. My husband was laid off from his job and we could no longer afford for our grandsons to attend daycare anymore. We enrolled the boys in Head Start and they are very happy. They have met many new friends. They are there only to learn and play, Aiden likes it because there is no naptime! The programs are family oriented. The teachers are helpful. If you have a problem, someone there can help you or send you somewhere they can help. They have a giving tree the boys and I pick from and shop for and it teaches them to give back. Our whole family experience there has been nothing but a plus. I would recommend it to any family and every family. From the greeting at the front door and TC Turtle homework stickers to the good-bye, see you tomorrow -- totally awesome place.


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The Head Start program is an unmatched school program of excellence! It is a well organized program that is powered by a fantastic staff and teachers that know what they are doing! Their effectiveness is seen and known to me as a parent. My son Teddy has advanced far beyond my expectations. Teddy's speech problem has improved so much because of Head Start. He loves going to Head Start. He gets upset if he cannot go there even when he is sick. He loves the staff and teachers. So many aspects of his learning, skills, and personality has developed only because of Head Start. Teddy is able to do things that his sister in 1st grade is doing, and I bet he could handle the 1st grade right now! I'm amazed how Head Start evaluates and develops every single aspect of learning skills and abilities of a student which helps so much to prepare for future grades. Thank you so much for what you have done for my son!

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