CNCAP Helps Single Mom in Burwell, NE Overcomes Obstacles
Kaci is a single mother of four (4) year old Royce and three (3) year old Frank. Kaci and the boys moved to Burwell to live with Kacis’ parents due to a change in life’s circumstances. With dedicated support from her parents, Kaci has gained employment and now lives with the boys in their own home.
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This is Royce’s 2nd year of attending the *Calamus
Kids Preschool. Initially, Royce did not know his
ABC’s, letters, numbers, shapes, didn’t talk and
lacked social skills when interacting with other
children. Royce is now learning his letters,
numbers and with the help of a speech therapist
has improved his speech. Royce has also made
improvement in developing age appropriate
social skills at the preschool.
Frank was enrolled into Early Head Start – a birth to age three program.
His mother Kaci worked with Early Childhood Educator Becky Mroczek in the areas of potty training, bedtime routines, and the use of a cup instead of a bottle. Frank no longer uses a bottle, is potty trained and is currently enrolled at Calamus Kids Preschool in the morning class. Frank, Royce, and Kaci,
with the help of teachers, family consultants, and school specialists, are all benefiting from Early Head Start objectives as well as continued success in school readiness initiatives implemented by Calamus Kids Preschool Program.
Program Home Visitors worked with Kaci to set goals in the areas of budgeting, attaining her own home, budgeting, parenting skills and more. Helping her to connect to resources provided additional strengths in her ability to attain each of her goals.
Staff of both the EHS and Preschool Programs are proud of the accomplishments and continued success this family is achieving as a result of our engagement and joint efforts with this family!!!
*The Calamus Kids Preschool is a collaborative venture between Burwell Public Schools, Loup County Public Schools and Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership Head Start.
After working as a CNA and attending nursing classes for awhile, Gladys learned of an opportunity to apply for a job at CNCAP.
She started working as a co-teacher in the Early Head Start center in April of 2012. She loves her job and the children in her care. She is hoping to enroll in early childhood education classes in the near future.
Gladys makes sure that her son is surrounded by positive role models – including her. She wants her son to understand how important school is and shows him through her own example and taking him to Early Head Start on a consistent basis. Gladys shows that a young single mother can achieve her dreams if she focuses on what is most important, which is an improved quality of life for her child. She has learned to achieve her goals through hard work and perseverance.
Teen Mom Finishes School and Achieves Goals
Jesus was enrolled in the Columbus Early Head Start in 2010 when he was nine months old. His mother Gladys was 18 at the time and still in high school. She was determined to finish high school and start taking nursing classes when she graduated. With the support of quality childcare in the CNCAP Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Center, she was able to do so. Additional supports through Early Head Start included connection to local resources, budgeting and goal setting.