This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Head Start, a federal program designed to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring every child, regardless of zip code, has access to a quality early childhood education. Head Start changed my life, it changed my family’s life, and it gave our entire community hope for a better future.
I was raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet as she balanced the demands of putting food on the table and raising me, a toddler at the time, and my older sister. As soon as I walked through the doors of Head Start, I immediately benefited by being with other children, many with whom I would go on to graduate high school with. I was introduced to a structured environment that helped me become more independent and sparked an excitement for learning.
I went on to graduate high school and recently finished my degree in Mathematics from Boise State University. I am currently working at the Discovery Center of Idaho and am passionate about pursuing a career in education.
So, happy birthday Head Start and thank you for opening a window of opportunity to a lifetime of learning and success.
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Jordan Wilson, Boise