Yes, Fanny Cooper founded churches and was a community activist ("The Rev. Fanny R. Cooper -- church founder, activist, dies at 92," Eagle, Feb. 5), but she also had a powerful impact on the fledgling Head Start Program in the Berkshires in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As head of the Career Development Program at Head Start, I worked closely with Fanny and with great pride saw her receive a two-year degree in early childhood development.
Those first years at Head Start were turbulent ones and Fanny was a calm voice in the midst of the storm. Today's Head Start owes much to those early parents and the para-professional staff who believed that this was a worthwhile anti-poverty program that could change their lives and would succeed. And it has!