On May 23, 2018, Dr. Linda Hobbs was presented with the Early Childhood Education Advocate Award by Long Island Head Start for her extensive contributions in the world of early childhood education.
She has always believed that children with disabilities should be educated in the least restrictive environment and is proud of the collaboration between Long Island Head Start and DDI, which enables children with disabilities to be educated alongside children without disabilities. DDI's integrated preschool classes blend children from the Head Start program and children with special needs to provide a stimulating, educational atmosphere where they develop friendships and skills in preparation for kindergarten.
“We take much pride in knowing that our Head Start and Early Head Start programs on Long Island have not only improved the quality of life for low-income families, but that we have also given thousands of disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and preschoolers an opportunity to thrive by making their best beginning a Head Start” (Garcia & Goode, Long Island Head Start, 2018).
Dr. Hobbs is committed to creating opportunities for children to achieve success and foster relationships both in school and within the community. Partnering with Long Island Head Start enhances this commitment by integrating preschool students enrolled in Head Start and students with special needs in the hopes of building acceptance of diversity and helping to form long-lasting friendships.
We are thankful for Dr. Hobbs' expertise and commitment to progressive foundations for learning and development to ensure the most positive outcomes for children and their families.
Garcia, D. A. and Goode, T. D. (2018). Long Island Head Start’s 52nd anniversary gala. Long Island Head Start. Patchogue, NY: Minute Man Press.