Success Story: Rekitia’s Story

RekitaRekitia Ricks-Jordan, a resident of Sedley, is a Head Start success story from her first days in the program up to her current employment as a Head Start teacher at the Children’s Center.

Rekitia attended Head Start in Courtland as a child and admits she was “one of those babies that cried all day.”

“At first my grandma stayed with me in Head Start the entire day,” Rekitia said. “But I saw the patience that my teachers took with me. I owe a lot to them. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I would be the person I am today. They took a child that was spoiled rotten and got me used to being around someone other than my grandmother. As the year went on, I came to school by myself and didn’t need to rely on her as much.”


Malinda Langford featured on video

Malinda Langford

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s video, Making Head Start Even Stronger, showcases the strong impact of Head Start and features the fantastic Northern Virginia Family Services team! Included in this video are Secretary Burwell, Mark Ginsber, Blanca Enriquez, Linda Smith, and NVFS’s Malinda Langford.

The video is 6:00 minutes long — Malinda is featured at 1:19, 2:13 and 3:41.

Go Malinda, go team!

Visit the Northern Virginia Family Services website.


Meet Mary Ann Cornish, Higher Horizons Exec. Director

Mary Ann Cornish

Watch Mary Ann Cornish, Executive Director of Higher Horizons,  be interviewed on the television show Ingrid’s World about Higher Horizons and Head Start (approx.. 14 minutes).

What an impressive and wonderful bit of information about Head Start and Higher Horizons in general!

Mary Ann, there is no end to you!

Visit Higher Horizons on the web


Submit your success story

Has a Virginia Head Start Program made a difference in your life? Let us know!

To help us demonstrate our impact, we want to tell stories of the people we help every day. Please help us collect stories from a variety of perspectives: your child’s experience, the impact on your family’s experience, Head Start staff experience, and/or the experience from a client/stakeholder’s point of view.

Read our Virginia Head Start success stories and then Submit your own!


Head Start Birthday Celebration

On May 18th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson said of his great experiment in education: “Birth in poverty will not mean a life in ignorance.” 51 years later Head Start and President Johnson’s the legacy live on.

To help celebrate this year’s birthday, Lucinda Robb, the granddaughter of LBJ, visited The Campagna Center in Alexandria Virginia. She is following in her grandfather’s tradition of reading stories to children. Lucinda shared that her grandfather used to read to children and bring them jelly beans.

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