As a Head Start parent in Biloxi, I was honored and energized to meet with the offices of Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran and Reps. Trent Kelly and Gregg Harper, while in Washington, D.C., for the National Head Start Association Fall Leadership Institute.
I joined 1,000 Head Start families, alumni and staff from almost all 50 states at a Capitol Hill rally calling on Congress to allocate strong funding for Head Start.
During my meetings with lawmakers, I spoke about my personal story. At one point, I could not work because I could not afford child care, but then my 1-year-old, Dalilah, started attending Moore Community House Early Head Start. Now, I’m able to work a full-time job with a health services company, which empowers me to provide for my family. Early Head Start is truly an amazing program that educates not only the child, but the entire family.
Head Start has inspired my family and me to read more and do more family activities together. The program has also introduced my children and myself to different fruits and a more balanced and nutritious diet. Being an active parent at Moore Community House, I’ve joined the policy committee to be more involved. Head Start gave my family and me a chance, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.
Now is the time for Washington to step up on behalf of our most vulnerable early learners. Every eligible child deserves the Head Start advantage.