Puritas Head Start Center

Site Administrator: Antoinette Hawthorne 

What is your educational background?

I have 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 helping children to understand, which is quite different than knowledge. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts while understanding is the comprehension of knowledge.  When children understand what they know and how they know it, they can use that understanding in different scenarios to gain new knowledge.

What inspires you to do your job?

I am inspired to do my job by the far-reaching effects it can have. When you strengthen children, you strengthen families, which in turn strengthens communities. I’m also inspired when I see former students or their parents and they remember me and speak about the impact I made on their life.

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

I want parents to know that we will work collaboratively with them in the education of their child and their input and efforts are welcome and appreciated.  The staff at Puritas Head Start Center strive daily to provide children with positive and memorable experiences that will last far beyond their time in Head Start.

For more information and to enroll, call the Puritas Head Start Center at (216) 476-3201.

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

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