My name is... Susan Cooley

Head Start Family Support Team Coordinator for Lakewood

Posted 10/2/19

I grew up in the eastern plains of Colorado, and I graduated from Arapahoe High School. I’ve lived all over Colorado including in Limon, Pueblo and the Arkansas Valley. I went to California and …

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My name is... Susan Cooley

Head Start Family Support Team Coordinator for Lakewood

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I grew up in the eastern plains of Colorado, and I graduated from Arapahoe High School. I’ve lived all over Colorado including in Limon, Pueblo and the Arkansas Valley. I went to California and started taking classes at California State University, San Bernardino.

One day I was in class, and this guy came in saying they were starting a brand-new masters of social work program. It caught my ear, so I decided to apply, and that was that. I graduated from the first masters of social works class at California State University, San Bernardino.

I worked with chronic and mentally ill adults before I found Head Start 26 years ago. I’ve been with Lakewood’s Head Start program for 15 years.

A few years ago, I moved to Lakewood. I like living in the city. It has more of a small town feel than Aurora or Denver.

I have one son, two “bonus children” and four grandchildren. We do a lot of family stuff. We like to drive and go places, specifically to the plains, have picnics and that kind of stuff. I like to read, and even though I don’t like to say it nowadays, I am a Broncos fan.

A passion for helping others

At Head Start, I am the family support team coordinator. The best part of my job is I get to work directly with families. I guess you can say it’s my passion.

We provide early child development and family support services. That involves supporting parents as the primary caregiver and teacher of their children, helping families reach personal goals, helping children grow and develop, home visits where we work with parents and their children, and more.

Usually I work with young families with young children. It feels like you’re making a little bit of a difference. We work with a vulnerable population and provide resources like housing, food banks, employment, schooling, child programs and more.

We really are assisting families in getting their children ready for school — but you can’t have your child ready to go to school unless parents are healthy.

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