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Louis Stokes Head Start Center


Site Administrator: Sonya Dean

What is your educational background?

I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University.

What is your favorite thing about what you do?

My favorite thing about what I do is being able to go into the classrooms to interact and play with the children and to see first-hand how much learning and growing has taken place within them from the first day to the end of the school year.  Just watching how young children faces light up when they learn something new, figure out a solution to a problem, or just make a new friend, lets me know that they are learning the skills needed not just for school readiness, but for life.

What inspires you to do your job?

My greatest inspiration when I see these same children 10 to 20 years later and they tell me how good they are doing in school and in life; this is the greatest joy that I can experience as an educator.

What’s one thing you would want parents to know about your site?

I want parents to know that Louis Stokes Head Start staff care about the children and families in our center.  We value and respect each other’s diversity, family dynamics, and cultural backgrounds. We believe that with all of us (staff and families) working together as a team, we can help children succeed!


For more information and to enroll, call the Louis Stokes Head Start Center at (216) 295-2700.

This center is 5 star certified by Ohio’s Step Up to Quality star rating system!