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Head Start Testimonial: Martinez Family

Head Start Testimonial: Martinez Family

Posted: June 1, 2020 | Client Stories

When Felipe and Maria from the Martinez family first came to HSA looking for services, they were looking to prepare their daughter, Ana, for kindergarten. With Ana quickly growing and another daughter, Jennifer, on the way, Felipe and Maria felt overwhelmed and needed assistance with early education and effective parenting skills. That was the beginning of a long-term relationship with our organization that has helped Ana and Jennifer grow into successful students and Felipe and Maria into empowered parents.

Upon Ana’s enrollment into our program, our early education team ensured that her first experience in a school setting was comfortable. In addition to her classes, our team provided healthy meals and snacks for Ana, along with fun experiences at field trips and opportunities to play with the other “Pasitos” children. After a short period of quiet nervousness, Ana became more talkative and interacted often with her peers and teachers. She also developed strong friendships with her “Pasitos” schoolmates. While Ana was experiencing school for the first time, Maria received parenting and counseling classes where she learned to nurture Ana’s growth beyond the classroom.

As time passed and Jennifer was born, Maria began receiving postnatal support from our early childhood education team. The team ensured that Maria was on track with Jennifer’s health checkups and on the path to successful parenting. Our programs have supported Maria during some of her most difficult moments when her husband Felipe was away serving in the Army.

Today, Maria is still enrolled in our programs and continues to support Ana and Jennifer's school success. “Thanks to the ‘Pasitos’ program, Ana is very confident in her schoolwork,” she says. “And as a parent, the program has taught me how to ensure both my girls have the best education opportunities in school. Thank you so much for your support!”

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