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Head Start at the American Dream

Head Start at the American Dream
November 23, 2016 No Comments Categories: Public Awareness
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For some folks, the American Dream begins with Head Start, and this was true for Darren Walker. As a 5 year old living in poverty, Darren and his mother had limited access to community resources and educational opportunities. The creation of Head Start in 1965 embraced children and families marginalized by poverty, children and families like The Walkers, and ushered forth a new era of America Dreamers. In addition to a providing a foundation in quality preschool education, Head Start also underscored for Darren the importance of education as a vehicle for social change. Darren Walker, now 55, is the president of the nonprofit Ford Foundation which provides close to $500 million in charitable giving around the world. Meaningful data abounds about the importance of early childhood education and the longitudinal impact of Head Start for at-risk kids. Darren’s story reveals the resounding impact of investing in children today. Investing in Darren back in 1965 has impacted children locally and globally through his work with the Ford Foundation. Enjoy more about Darren’s life as featured in People Magazine here, and watch his brief video.


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