CII Heroes

Early Childhood Education


Head Start Site Supervisor Nagah (Becky) Abdelbaky came to the U.S. from her native Egypt two decades ago. She left her family behind and traveled with her husband in search of a dream. Now she’s working to help children in Watts get a head start through CII’s Early


Educating the Next Generation

Head Start Site Supervisor Becky Abdelbaky, Watts


“I didn’t have the greatest educational experience as a child. I was often embarrassed by my teachers in class and it took a toll on me,” Becky remembers. “But my father always encouraged me, hoping I would find a career in education. I finally achieved that dream for myself.”

Becky earned her A.A. and B.A. Degrees in Early Childhood Education, settling in Watts where she taught in several low-income housing developments to serve children in her own community. Now she supervises CII’s Head Start site in the Gonzaque Village Housing Development, where students face challenges related to poverty, family or community violence, and other trauma. Her center serves children from 18 months to 5 years, and provides a safe space for learning, play and healthy development.

“I’m so happy to be a part of a dynamic team of teachers, supervisors and parent classroom volunteers who all work together to help prepare our kids for the future,” says Becky. “We’ve got a great team.”



“CII’s Head Start Program has been wonderful for my family. There is a great partnership in the classroom and it shows Kayla know that I’m not alone, the teachers are not alone—we are all working together to support her development. CII does an awesome job and we need you here in the community.”Shera Peterson, Head Start Parent Volunteer

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