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Head Start on Opportunity
Program provided boost needed to become a tech entrepreneur |
The future of our
I've won international
country is in the
awards for my creative
hands of today's little
projects, and I built my
ones-rich or poor.
own business, a softThey will shape the
ware development firm.
world of tomorrow
Every day I work
and we need to do all
with highly successful
we can to support
zations, and CTOs to
Today I am proud
build robust, scalable
to sit on the board of
web applications for
directors at the same
millions of users worldHead Start program
wide. Skills I use to
that touched my life
make my business sucas a child. When I
cessful originated at
spend time with the
The Head Start program provides early educational opportunities,
while fostering a sense of creativity and emotional support for children.
children there, baskI recently gave
ing in the light of their
birth to a child of my
optimistic smiles, I'm reminded of
own. I am both grateful and proud
Head Start has opened a winmy own experience. I hope that my
that the cycle of poverty has been
dow of opportunity for 30 million
success will one day be their sucbroken for him. Thanks to my
children just like me, many of
cess, and I know that Head Start
mother's determination and my
whom have gone on to success in
will be a foundation for them to
experience as a Head Start child,
every field you can name. We all
achieve great things.
I found my window of opportunity
believe in the power of our own
For now, Head Start children
toward a brighter future.
experiences, and we remember
are too young to speak for themHundreds of studies, and
what we learned in our Head Start
selves, too young to be their own
almost five decades of research,
classrooms about community and
advocates and tell the country
make a strong case for Head Start.
kindness and curiosity.
what they need. From experience,
Early education delivers academIt is imperative that we continI and 30 million Head Start alumic and social-emotional gains,
ue to keep open the window of
ni know how critical it is for Amerprovides support for stronger,
opportunity that Head
ica to keep its commitment to
Start delivers. President
young children. Together, we are
Every day I work with highly successful entreObama is committed to
America. Our children are the
preneurs, organizations, and CTOs to build
expanding early learning
future of America. And no Amerrobust, scalable web applications for millions
opportunities, but autoican future will shine bright unless
of users worldwide. Skills I use to make my
matic budget cuts under
we can keep the window of opporbusiness successful originated at Head Start.
"sequestration" are forcing
out programs in communities across the country.
Annmarie Lanesey '01, MFA '04, is
more stable families, and pours a
I am particularly concerned
co-founder and president of Greane
foundation for immediate and
that the children who need Head
Tree Technology, which builds
long-term economic growth.
Start today are the STEM workers
dynamic software systems ranging
That's not abstract. My life has
of tomorrow. We are behind so
from mobile applications to enterprisebeen a vivid example of every one
many other countries in engineerwide business intelligence tools.
of those improved outcomes. I
ing and math achievement; we
For more information, visit: www.
honestly believe I wouldn't be
must provide widespread educagreanetree.com. Lanesey can be conwhere I am now without access to
tional opportunities in these fields.
tacted at email@example.com.
Head Start's high-quality early
64 RENSSELAER/FALL 2013
ANNMARIE LANESEY '01
WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD, MY FAMily was struggling with challenges
I was too young to understand.
Despite our struggles, my mother
remained focused on my development and decided to enroll me in
Head Start. After a difficult separation from my father, my mother
was alone raising two children.
While she made best efforts to
maintain a stable, loving home, her
financial resources were very limited. My mother saw education
and Head Start specifically as a
window of opportunity to something better.
I can say definitively that Head
Start did provide that opportunity-for me, and for the 30 million
others who have been served by
Head Start since the program
began in 1965. When my mother
signed me up for Head Start, she
knew I would be safe and engaged.
The comprehensive services
offered by my Head Start program
fostered my development and
allowed my mother to find her own
window of opportunity. With my
brother enrolled in kindergarten,
my mother registered at Hudson
Valley Community College.
Despite our struggles, Head
Start afforded my entire family the flexibility to pursue
our own educational growth
and path out of poverty.
Today, my life is very different. Nearly 30 years after
walking out of that Head Start, the
rewards are clear. My education
and love of learning, a disposition
I picked up at Head Start, have
been the cornerstones of my success. I have two STEM degrees
from Rensselaer. I've taught on
the faculties of both Rensselaer
and the University at Albany.
BY ANNMARIE LANESEY '01
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Snapshot: The Jefferson Project
President's View: Technology for the 21st century
Feature: Research Refreshed
Feature: Mastering Manufacturing in the MILL
Feature: The Art of the Show
One Last Thing
Video: Jefferson Project (4:43)
Clip: Rensselaer IDEA announcement (4:49)
Video: JP Trassetti (2:26)
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013