Early Childhood Services
A Great Beginning
CII’s Early Childhood programs support readiness by providing critical early childhood education for children birth to five and their families. CII’s early care and education programs focus on all domains of child development and strongly emphasize social and emotional development, as well as academic skills, in promoting school readiness.
Empowering Parents: Petra’s Story
Petra first came to CII fairly confident in her parenting skills. Six months into her second pregnancy, and already mother to two-year-old George, she sought the agency’s help as she prepared to welcome new baby Sophia. Petra’s time in CII’s home-based Early Head Start program transformed tentative confidence into self-empowerment. Working with Home Visitor Mona, Petra learned about child behavior, language, nutrition and interaction – becoming George’s most important teacher. Petra was inspired to share her knowledge and, with Mona’s encouragement, she completed her associate’s degree in child development. This fall, she will enter a baccalaureate program, the first in her family to attend college. Petra was recently hired as a CII Early Head Start Home Visitor. She now educates other parents to be the most important teachers in their children’s lives. “The program still helps me with parenting,” Petra says. “I often tell parents, ‘I started as a client here, and look at me now.’ I encourage them to let nothing stop them from reaching their goals, too.”
The program still helps me with parenting. I often tell parents that I started as a client here, and look at me now. I encourage them to let nothing stop them from reaching their goals.Petra