Wanda Stevenson was just 15 in 1970 when she did an internship with Head Start, working with preschoolers, as part of her high school graduation requirement.
More than four decades later, she’s still working with the organization, now as a teacher with The Salvation Army’s New Hope Head Start program. For her career of service, Stevenson was recently honored as the Illinois Head Start Association’s Teacher of the Year.
Stevenson, who put her own children through Head Start, has been teaching in The Salvation Army’s childcare programs for 33 years. She says it’s been a “wonderful opportunity to serve children and their families from diverse cultures.” She works primarily with African-Americans and Hispanics, and says she has “gained much from years of experience working in a bilingual and diverse cultural environment.” Continue reading “She Got a Head Start…”
The Salvation Army is committed to providing early development for children. During 2010, The Salvation Army child care programs for low-income families provided 32,047 care days at our nine Chicago Head Start sites. Medical and dental screening were provied for more than 500 children. 79,712 meals gave the children one-third of their daily nutritional needs.The Salvation Army Head Start programs give your child the same advantages every child deserves – a chance to learn in a creative, exciting, educational environment. Your child can begin to learn early and enjoy a healthy start in life by enrolling in one of our child care programs.To find out more about our Early Childhood Development programs visit our website.