Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2016

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Page 28 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 29 Head Start Preparing children and parents for a productive life educational experience By JEFF SIMMS W ant to know where Big Bird came from? He's a product of the Head Start program. So are upwards of 25 mil- lion children - many of them in our own communities. According to Kingston resident Ashley Terpening it got her daughter and son, now 7 and 5, respectively, ready to go to school. Both went through Head Start at the Children's Learning Center. "They got used to being around other children their age, so now they're comfortable in the classroom setting and with mak- ing friends." Terpening said that the program's family workers helped her manage her time so she could go back to school. After earning a bachelor's de- gree in sociology this past May with (Continued on Page 30) Head Start helped Ashley Terpening , of Kingston, move forward with her life.

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