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Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., FAAP, believes creativity is born of limitations.

It’s a philosophy that has served her well as a precocious child in a large Irish Catholic family, a young mother in medical school and a tireless crusader for children. Time and again, imagination and determination have helped her overcome incredible odds, break barriers and produce meaningful results.

By the time Dr. Kraft was 3 years old, her mother already had four children under the age of 4. Her father was in graduate school and money was tight. The family’s situation qualified Dr. Kraft for enrollment in the inaugural Head Start class in 1965. Even though it was then just a summer program, it instilled a lifelong love of learning and introduced the young girl to...

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