What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the communications manager at Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), the El Paso County grantee for the Head Start program, based on the Westside. It is a nonprofit that provides free preschool and other services to children ages 5 and under and their families who are at or below the federal poverty level.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I am responsible for the overall communications at the agency, which involves spreading awareness about CPCD and the importance of early childhood education to our community.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I have been at CPCD for nearly two years, but I have been in communications/public relations for nearly 10 years all over the country.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
First and foremost, it is all about the children. One of my favorite parts of the job is spending time in classrooms, talking to them and taking photos as they learn, laugh and play. Secondly, the staff at CPCD is remarkable. They do God’s work. Their dedication and love for the nearly 2,000 children that we serve is unending. I look forward to going to work every day.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I wish more people and businesses in our community knew about CPCD and understood the gravity of early childhood education. These children will play important roles in our community one day.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Because of sequestration cutbacks, weve had to come up with a community-wide fundraiser called the “Fill A Seat Project” Its trials like this that no one can ever prepare for.
What makes working on the Westside special?
It can’t get much better than working and living at the foot of the mountains. I drive past Garden of the Gods every day and I love being able to run in the Garden because it’s just minutes from my house. The Westside is beautiful, laid-back and people are so friendly and artistic. What more could you ask for?
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