In the spring of 2012, I came to know Katie when I became her Sixpence Early Childhood Program Home Visitor. Katie is an extraordinary young woman and mom. Katie found out at the age of 15 that she was going to become a mother and decided, along with her family, to keep the baby. That baby was soon born and given the name Sophia. As her home visitor for over two years, I have seen many examples of her dedication and attentiveness to her daughter and to her education. I have also been impressed by her strong work ethic and her belief that you can go nowhere without an education. Katie has made it clear that her ultimate goal was to graduate high school and attend college.
Katie has demonstrated a love and a level of commitment to her daughter that I do not often see in parents that are years older than her. With her parents support, Katie has made sure everything she does is in Sophia’s best interest. Katie is the one that makes all the decisions when it comes to raising Sophia. As a student, Katie has always been hard-working and highly committed to her education. Katie graduated 5th in her class and received numerous scholarships. She was involved in many extra-curricular activities along with being involved in many school sponsored organizations. As a result of her high academics, she is currently in the Honor’s Program at UNK. Katie has finished her first semester of college with a GPA of 3.91. She was recently honored this fall with the Nebraska Head Start Scholarship.
Since starting college, she continues to work three days a week at a business in Kearney. As a young mom, she has also taken on the role of being both a friend and a positive example for another teen mom in the Sixpence Early Childhood Program. With the support of her parents, Katie’s priority has always been Sophia.
A six month old baby’s brain is 50% the size of an adult’s, by 3 years of age a baby’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’s. 0-3 years of age is a huge time for brain growth.
Through the power of partnerships, Sixpence was created to put highly effective early care and learning opportunities within reach of our youngest and most vulnerable children. Here’s how it works:
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