Cheryl Boykin is a family services coordinator at our Head Start program on Caroline Street. She has been in the field for 15 years - seven of those with St. Vincent de Paul Head Start.
While teachers are busy in the classroom, family service coordinators wear a lot of important hats, helping the children and their parents or caregivers. The process starts with recruiting and enrolling children and extends to finding community resources, to aiding families in developing goals, and to making sure that all children receive health services and then keep up with their healthcare management plans.
Looking back, a career in human services seems a natural to Cheryl, although it wasn’t always on her radar.
“As a teenager friends would talk to me about their problems. Looking back, I’ve always been a good listener and offered words of encouragement.”
Early on a colleague suggested a family services career to her, and Cheryl discovered it was a great fit.
Cheryl is known for her can-do approach and deep knowledge. She frequently helps co-workers navigate through the processes with their families.