From a Concerned Member of the Community and Proud Employee of CAO of WNY Head Start
Dear Buffalo News, and “Watch Dog”
CAO Head Start, does exceptional work on an everyday basis! Staff show up, ready, dedicated and enthusiastic to work with our children and families. What was reported in the Buffalo newspaper on April 25th, 2019 is just a snippet of what has occurred over the last year and since then has been corrected. What was not reported was the years prior that CAO Head Start met or was ABOVE the national AVERAGE with CLASS scores.
CAO Head Start, does exceptional work everyday! The class room dynamics over the years have changed dramatically. The circumstances and adversities our families are faced with everyday are met with caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of our families.
CAO Head Start, does exceptional work everyday! The people who are looking to discredit our agency, program, staff, and services have no clue as to how passionate and dedicated we are to the families and communities we serve. There is always room for improvement within EVERY agency or organization. The way things are currently being handled are unjust and unethical to EVERYONE involved. The front line workers, children and families are the ones who suffer most. The motives and intent of information displayed is a clear exaggeration to make CAO, Head Start staff, children and families look less than, and certainly another way to emotionally break down the spirit of an entire community.
WHEN A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IS BEING UNETHICALLY SCRUTINIZED IT HURTS MORE THAN THE ORGANIZATION; IT HURTS THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY!
CAO Head Start, does exceptional work everyday! How many of these people who are trying to discredit CAO, have ever stepped foot into a Head Start class room? Imagine being 2 teachers in a class room with 6 children with severe trauma and behavioral issues. Imagine those same two teachers trying their absolute best to comfort 6 children with behaviors and keep 8 other children safe & calm, while keeping the class room together and focused for academics, & skill building. Now Imagine These same class rooms being met with all sorts of supports systems, team meetings, multidisciplinary meetings, from different content areas within our program, that provide onsite trainings, professional development Social & Emotional Support, coaching, social groups, team meetings, and the list goes on.
THIS IS JUST A SNIPPET OF THE AWESOMENESS HEAD START PROVIDES EVERYDAY!
Many of our families live with adversities, poverty, lack of resources, low-income, in violent communities but are yet so resilient. Our children and families continue to get up daily making efforts to better themselves in a city with rankings as the 4th worst poverty rates for children. So ask yourself, does reading these articles make the families and communities we serve, feel important? Is this a positive external factor for a family who has so many adversities to hear? What examples are we setting for the community? Do you really think that families want to hear and see negative things displayed about one of the organizations that help them most? What are these articles proving? NOTHING AT ALL.
If you really care about people, humanity, human service work and the communities WE serve,
I ASK YOU TO PLEASE STOP! This is very disheartening for EVERYONE! This is not the way! This is not the answer! You are hurting the very people you say, you want to protect! And let’s not forget,
CAO of WNY and Head Start does exceptional work everyday!
We stand behind our work, our agency, our programs and our leaders!
A Head Start Principal