Grandparents Raising their Grandson

grandparents grandson"I recognize that without Head Start and Early Head Start intervention, our grandson would not be successful in school today." – Vivian Decker, former Head Start grandparent, Clarkson, KY

My husband and I gained custody of our 18-month-old grandson in December 2004. We enrolled him in Early Head Start (EHS), and he continued onto Head Start. In EHS, he was diagnosed developmentally delayed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He required speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. With the dedicated efforts of his EHS nurturers and Head Start teachers, he transitioned to kindergarten and is now in elementary school. He is an avid reader, thanks to his Head Start experience. His math skills are great. By first grade, his progress reports indicated that everything was excellent; he has mastered all skills and has just some difficulty with penmanship. Wow! This child came to EHS at 18 months muttering sounds and unable to speak. He could not walk independently and did not attempt to feed himself. He suffered from tremors constantly in his hands and arms. I recognize that without Head Start and Early Head Start intervention, our grandson would not be successful in school today. We are forever grateful for the opportunity to have been in Head Start.