Becoming part of our life

My Early Head Start journey started over seven years ago. While attending an event at the fairgrounds, I met a wonderful woman who told me all about the program. She explained all the benefits and I was convinced it would be great for me and my 18-month-old. I was assigned a wonderful home visitor who gave us encouragement and support. I learned how important my daily interactions with my children are and found social activities for our growing family. The program also gave me so many opportunities for personal growth. I joined the policy council and then served as the chair. I was a representative to the Idaho Head Start Association and a parent representative to the board. I loved serving and advocating for young children. As part of a group of Early Head Start parents that traveled to Washington, DC this year, I encouraged our congressmen and women to “Think Babies.” We encouraged our Idaho delegation to work on legislation that supports families. Today, I have five children, and I know the benefits of early childhood education first-hand, thanks to Early Head Start. And I’m still on the journey, pursuing my Early Childhood Education degree, set to graduate from the University of Idaho in May 2024.