Denisha Platt

I’m so happy that my son is attending Head Start in Bushnell, Fl. When he started he was smart but during the school year he has developed further. They showed me that being a part of my son’s schooling was important and meaningful. The experience is so positive. Ms. Carlina Lindo helped me from day one, since Shaun and I walked through the door. The staff comes together and brings you with them, I felt so loved & welcomed. It was good to know someone loved my son as much as I did. It’s good to have participation from staff, but to see the parents coming together as well was amazing. I am so proud of the parents as well as staff because they have their lives too, but to come and put your children first is great.

Some of the parents who have encouraged me are Jemyra Everett and Victoria Uribe. Jemyra showed me that every little bit counts. Seeing her and Jenesis Lane so positive every day, hearing the great stories about Ms. Tammy and the staff are great. Ms. Uribe is pregnant and still making it to parent meetings and other meetings that we don’t know about. Just having that positiveness around you, makes you want to do better.

I ‘m excited for the next meeting to see what’s new to learn. What I didn’t know that could help me be a better parent. I love the whole experience and I’m grateful that the Lord blessed me with everyone who has been involved in my son’s educational development.


 Heloise Gibbons

My name is Heloise Gibbons and I am employed as a teacher at Bushnell Head start. I became employed with Mid Florida Head Start Program in 2005. I started as a teacher assistant at a center in Wildwood (Sumter County). I transferred to Bushnell in 2012 as a teacher assistant.

My favorite parts of my job include the ability to work independently and the people I work with. It is a great feeling to work with people that care about the company and commit to doing a good job. Teaching is a great job because every day I feel successful in that I have had some influence on the future through teaching a young child.

I would like to thank my co-workers at the Bushnell Head Start center for their support and encouragement when I transferred into a teacher position.

I look forward to many more years working with the children, families, and staff of Mid Florida Community Services- Head Start program.


Juvenal began the 2015-16 school year with severe dental decay, 13 teeth out of 20 had severe issues and needed to be restored. He was also facing the possibility of losing his 4 front teeth.  Since he did not have insurance, the Family Advocates helped Juvenal's family complete all of the paperwork for Medicaid. Once the child was approved for Medicaid, they and the Oral Health Services Coordinator, scheduled Juvenal's pre-operative exam for oral surgery. The surgeon, Dr. Elmore, completed the pre-oerative exam, identified his needs and felt confident that she could address them all. She was able to restore all 13 teeth! Working together with the family as a team, our Family Advocates and Health Team were able to provide a successful outcome for Juvenal who is happy and thriving in the classroom with a great smile!


Trevor was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Volusia County Schools, which recommended his immediate transition to the Full Day Mild Varying Exceptionalities class.  But Trevor had made so much progress while enrolled in Head Start - he was speaking in 2-3 word sentences.  Head Start teachers and staff refuse to give up on a child's potential to be their best!


Meet Jaiella who attends MFCS' Head Start at the Coleman Center in Volusia County. After recently failing Head Start's vision screening, our Medical Services' Coordinator assisted the family in scheduling an appointment with the local optometrist. The result? Jaiella received her first pair of eyeglasses at no cost!