Success Stories
Monday, March 01, 2021 12:00 AM

A Family Success Story

Child Development Resource’s (CDR) Early Head Start Program in Norge, Virginia has had many success stories, but they’re especially proud of this recent history.

About five years ago, a young mother with a six-month old infant enrolled in their program. This single mother had been sexually abused, and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. She had not completed high school and was living in poverty.

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Monday, March 01, 2021 12:00 AM

Two single moms and their children thrive

I work with a family – a single mom with three kids. She moved to be able to find more affordable housing. After she moved, her life went downhill fast. They moved to a house that had many problems. She lost her job and was driving to Front Royal from Page County every day, just to bring her child to school. But she had a great family support system in place that would not allow her to stop or even get put back to a place where she could feel sorry for herself!

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Monday, March 01, 2021 12:00 AM

Head Start helps whole family grow and succeed

My main goal for putting my child in Head Start was for her to make friends and learn to play with other children (she had not had many opportunities to be away from me and was very “clingy”). What I got was much more. Our family caseworker, Doris, quickly recruited my husband and me to become active advocates for our child and all the children in Head Start by joining the policy council. When I joined I was very quiet and soft-spoken. Since at the meeting I often took notes, I was nominated to be secretary of the policy council, and that appointment helped me to branch out and become more vocal. The next year I became policy council president and a very active Head Start volunteer.

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Monday, March 01, 2021 12:00 AM

From Head Start Child to Teacher to Director

I have only been the director of Rooftop CAP Head Start Program for a few years but I am already seeing some wonderful changes for some of our parents.

Last year our family service workers begin a program through Mt. Rogers Continued Education to help parents get their GEDs. We had five parents in 2006 get their GEDs! I think this is a wonderful success story. This year we have 30 parents signed up to begin working on their GEDs. I am so excited about this accomplishment. To me, if we can help our parents, we are helping our children at the same time.

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Monday, March 01, 2021 12:00 AM

Goal Setting is paving the way to success

C. Johnson is a Head Start parent who did not finish high school, largely because she had spent most of her teen years taking care of her mother who is now in a nursing home. Ms. Johnson also did not drive, had no transportation and had never worked. Ms. Johnson’s self esteem was very low, and seemed to believe she could do no better.  It took a lot of effort to set goals for her.

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