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Barbara Becker

–  Barbara Becker, former Head Start parent, Chicago, IL

Monica Mariko Embrey

My daughter, Monica Mariko Embrey, now 28, was always a creative and spirited Head Start child. I honored her uniqueness with the help of Christopher House Head Start in Chicago, IL. Her treatment as unique, intelligent, and creative allowed us to weather more restrictive classrooms and educational environments as she entered school; she grew up to be a leader in the movement to bring solar power to low-income communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. She lives what Head Start is about in making sure families get the best knowledge about the environment and health and safety, and that they know their rights and exercise their power as intelligent and capable human beings and families.