For Esmeralda Grubbs, success starts when a
Local 1475 member takes a preschool boy or girl by the hand and
begins to build a foundation for lifelong learning.
Grubbs works with the Early Childhood Federation, a Los Angeles
County local representing preschool workers, from faculty and
teaching assistants to custodians and kitchen staff. Challenges
can be daunting, especially in low-income communities. In
October, a drive-by shooting threatened a Head Start program in a
Watts housing project.