Anoka/Washington County Head Start/Early Head Start Program

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1 HEAD START PROGRAMING & SERIVICES PROVIDED....1 PROGRAM OPTIONS, PARENT INVOLVEMENT...2 MENTAL HEALTH, HEALTH SERVICES, USDA...3 RECRUITMENT, PARENT AWARE, SPECIAL NEEDS, IN-KIND SELF-ASSESSMENT, FEDERAL MONITORING, FUNDING...5 SCHOOL READINESS Anoka/Washington County Head Start/Early Head Start Program Minnesota s Center of Excellence ACCAP HEAD START IS COMMITTED TO PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES TO HELP CHILDREN REACH Anoka/Washington County Head Start is a program of Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc. (ACCAP). Our program provides shared governance with the ACCAP Governing Boards and the Policy Council through which parents participate in policy making and other decisions about the program. Annual Report to the Public 2013 Head Start is a multi-faceted child and family development program for income eligible households in Anoka and Washington Counties. The program is designed to help children, ages birth to five, pregnant women and their families achieve their full potential. The Head Start program gives children a Head Start on their journey of lifelong learning, while also giving their parents a Head Start in maintaining family continuity and self-sufficiency. Head Start Programing Our program provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; parent involvement; and family development. The entire range of Head Star/Early Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child and family s development, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience with the overall goal to prepare the child for entry into kindergarten. Current curricula includes: Opening the World of Learning (OWL), Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (SMART), and I am Moving/I am Learning. Services Provided Total Number of Children Served in 2013: 698 Of these children served: Number of children who received medical exams: % Number of children who received dental exams: % Average monthly enrollment for the program: 100% Percent of eligible children served: 49% [Children served (children served + waiting list)] 1

2 Program Options Center Based programming serves children 3-5 years old in a classroom setting at eight locations in Anoka and Washington Counties. Center Based programming includes our Full Day/Full Year option where children receive services for 6.5 hours per day, September August, Part Day/Part Year option where children receive services for 3.5 hours per day September May, and Extended Day/Part Year Option where children receive services for 6 hours per day September May Home-Based programming in Anoka County is one of the many ways Head Start supports families in our community. Enrolled families receive a weekly home visit from the teacher for 1.5 hours. Together, parents and teachers develop an individual curriculum for each child supported by the Parents As Teachers curriculum. In addition, children attend two, half-day center sessions per month to develop socialization skills needed to enter school. Early Head Start services are provided to pregnant moms and children birth to three in the home setting. Throughout the year, teachers make weekly home visits for 1.5 hours to each enrolled family that focus on parent/child bonding and child development. Two center-socializations each month are available for parent education, peer support, and interaction with other infants and toddlers. Parent Engagement and Involvement Head Start and Early Head Start programs are designed to be not only child development programs, but also to strengthen families and to break the cycle of poverty. To support this goal, parents and caregivers are extensively involved in the program. Parents attend site parent meetings; serve on Policy Council, and Health Advisory Council. Parents are always welcome in the classroom by helping with or leading activities or projects, planning classroom activities with the teaching staff, and introducing or sharing their culture with the class. There are a number of ways that parents can help teaching staff by sharing opinions, ideas and thoughts, working on projects at home, communicating with the staff, helping other parents feel welcome, and reinforcing learning at home. In 2013 Head Start continued to connect with families and offer a variety of activities to encourage parent participation in their children s education. Parent Engagement Activities included; Circle of Parents, an Education and Job Resource Fair, Health and Safety Fair, Families Doing Good Together, Family Literacy Classes, Dad s Day, Mom s Day, Parent Computer Classes, Family Game Night, FRED, Father Fun Nights, Cooking Matters Classes, singing programs and more. TELL ME AND I LL FORGET. SHOW ME AND I MAY NOT REMEMBER. INVOLVE ME, AND I LL UNDERSTAND. 2

3 Mental Health A child s mental health is just as important as his or her physical health. Our Head Start Program makes mental health a priority by providing screenings and treatment services. Given the sensitivity of mental health issues, Anoka Washington County Head Start strives to build trusting relationships between children, parents, staff, mental health professionals and the larger community. Mental health professionals visit on-site to assess children s needs; conduct parent workshops; train staff in making referrals to needed services; and act as a liaison between the families and community mental health resources. Health Services are Educational Services Anoka Washington County Head Start commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children and their families. Our program through collaboration among families, staff and health professionals, assure all child health and developmental concerns are identified. Children and their families are linked to a continuous, accessible health care so that a relationship may develop between the provider and the family that will continue after the child leaves the Head Start program. Each child visits a health care provider, on a schedule of preventive and primary health care, to ensure that problems are quickly identified and addressed. Early identification and treatment of health problems reduce complications and improve health outcomes With increased awareness of the long-term effects of childhood obesity, emphasis is placed on healthy meals snacks and cooking experiences throughout program activities and in communication with families. USDA The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) focuses on five major food assistance programs which primarily serve the nutritional needs of children. Child and Adult Feeding Program (CACFP), reimburses Head Start Centers at a posted rate for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled children, targeting benefits to those children most in need. Head Start s child nutrition services assist families in meeting each child s nutrition needs and in establishing good eating habits that nurture health development and promote life long wellbeing. Through CACFP participation the children attending Head Start receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack that provides at least 2/3 of the daily nutritional requirement Number of Meals served to children in 2013: Breakfast 29,575 Lunch 45,009 Snacks 60,562 3

4 Recruitment & Enrollment Families living in Anoka or Washington County who meet Federal Poverty Guidelines, receive MFIP, SSI or who are homeless are eligible. Recruitment and enrollment happens all throughout the year. Each funded slot is filled by our extensive waiting list within 30 days of becoming vacant. H e a d S t a r t Enrollment 2013 F u n d e d E n r o l l m e n t Age 0-2 Age 3-4 TOTAL State Regular Head Start Federal Regular Head Start Federal Early Head Start Greater Twin Cities United Way Total Head Start Funding and Enrollment from all sources Parent Aware Our Head Start Centers have all received the Parent Aware Quality 4 Star Rating (the highest rating possible) through the State of Minnesota s initiative to improve the quality of childcare facilities in Minnesota. This qualification makes the Head Start Centers eligible for the State Early Learning Scholarships of up to $5,000 per child. Children with Special Needs Head Start also has an impressive history of providing services to children with disabilities by supporting their inclusion in all classroom and program experiences. Since 1965, Head Start has operated under a mandate to make available, at a minimum, ten percent of its enrollment opportunities to children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start programs partner with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and public schools to design individual education plans for children with disabilities and provide services to promote each child s development In-Kind Federal requirements stipulate that our agency must gather In-Kind in an amount equal to 25% of the financial award granted. In-Kind is not comprised of actual dollars but rather a value of donated time, services, materials and space. In 2013, we collected over $1 Million worth of donated time, services, materials and space. Thank you to all of our community partners, parents, and families for supporting Anoka/Washington County Head Start. 4

5 Self-Assessment and Audits Self-Assessment: Anoka/Washington County Head Start s 2013 Self Assessment of all service areas was conducted with the active involvement of Head Start parents, governing bodies, community partners, and staff members. Using the Office of Head Start Monitoring Protocol, there were no findings of noncompliance with Federal Head Start and Early Head Start Program Performance Standards. Independent Audits: In addition to regular reviews and audits of our own work, we also annually have an independent audit firm review our procedures for compliance and to give us suggestions on how we can improve our activities. The most recent external audit was for the period which ended on December 2012; this audit included no material findings. A complete copy of the audit is available at Federal Monitoring Review Federal Review by the Secretary of Health and Human Services The most recent federal onsite monitoring review of the Head Start and Early Head Start Program was completed in October This in-depth review recognized Anoka/Washington County Head Start s strengths and found the program to be within full compliance, making our program a federally recognized Gold Standing Head Start program. Funding PROPOSED BUDGET U.S. Department of Health & Human Services $3,887,196 MN Department of Education $942,035 U.S.D.A. $239,002 Other Income $133,304 United Way $122,328 Total Revenues $5,323,865 EXPENSES Personnel & Fringe Benefits $3,778,253 Other $414,496 Supplies (Classroom, Office, etc.) $336,454 Food Costs $331,067 Space Rental (Classroom & Offices) $285,592 Contractual $142,322 Parent Services $18,508 Training Expenses $17,172 Total Expenses $5,323,865 5

6 School Readiness & Assessment School Readiness: Efforts to prepare children for kindergarten begin as soon as a child is enrolled in one of our Head Start programs. The center staff, along with the parents, reviews the child s health and nutrition history, as well as completes the required developmental screen within the first 45 days of enrollment. Anoka/ Washington County Head Start increased school readiness for our children across the eleven essential domains as identified in the Head Start Child and Early Learning Framework. The Teaching Strategies GOLD (TS GOLD) assessment data for the 2012/2013 school year showed significant gains in the school readiness domains of Social Emotional, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Language, Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics. This data suggests that our ongoing work to support classroom practice and address children s needs successfully helps the Head Start children of Anoka and Washington counties become ready for school. Our supplementary mathematics curriculum, High-Five Mathematize, continues to benefit children s school readiness in math. Assessment: From our most recent data, we found that children leaving are school ready according to the goals that have been established. All children make progress according to their abilities. Teaching Strategies GOLD an online assessment system helps teachers determine where children are developmentally according to widely held expectations based on children s development research. Teachers then use this information to individualize programming for children and to support children in reaching their own unique potential. The program uses this information to assess and develop program goals, plan training, and monitor systems and quality. In regards to Infants and Toddlers, we found they are growing and developing with relationships as a foundation for that growth and development. Ongoing assessments guides the individualized curriculum for infants and toddlers that are linked with our school readiness goals Collaborating with School Districts & Birth to Three Programs In order to better prepare Head Start students for kindergarten, it is important to establish partnerships with the school districts in which children will be entering. This helps Head Start and the School Districts join resources and coordinate approaches to teaching including curriculum and classroom practices. Anoka Washington County Head Start holds collaborative agreements with 11 school districts. The collaboration models include shared instruction, professional development, and staff. Our program collaborates with local school districts to coordinate curriculum to support Kindergarten readiness. 6

7 Anoka/Washington County Head Start Head Start 0-3: School Readiness Goals/Objectives Our program goals encompass the inner wheel of the Child and Early Learning Framework (HSCDELF) (45 CFR XIII (b)(I)&2, as amended). Program goals are aligned with the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress 0-3, curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Areas of and Learning Indicators. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) identified children will follow Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP). REVISED July 10, 2012 Physical Well-Being & Motor Social and Emotional Cognition and General knowledge Approaches to Learning Literacy & Language Parent, Family & Community Engagement Infants/Toddlers will demonstrate gross motor control Infants/Toddlers will demonstrate fine motor control Infants/Toddlers will show progress towards independence in self-care needs Infants/Toddlers will participate in basic health and safety routines Infants and Toddlers will be on an appropriate immunization schedule and have all required health checks completed Infants/Toddlers will develop secure relationship with familiar adults at home/in the classroom setting Infants/Toddlers will demonstrate self-regulatory skills by following simple routines and expectations Infants/Toddlers will experience success in the classroom and in the home through individualized experiences based on Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), if applicable Infants/Toddlers will demonstrate their understanding of size, color and shape concepts Infants/Toddlers will engage in exploration of various tools and materials in intended purposes within their environment Infants/Toddlers will approach various activities with interest and curiosity Infants/Toddlers will develop an understanding and maintain an interest in activities Infants/Toddlers will increase their ability to use different forms of words, phrases and gestures to communicate their needs and wants with peers and familiar adults Infants/Toddlers will participate in story time activities, songs and rhymes Infants/Toddlers will increase their understanding of print concepts Every parent functions proficiently as the child s first teacher and will participate in program activities and goal setting Adults, infants and toddlers develop positive and secure relationships 7

8 Anoka/Washington County Head Start Head Start 3-5: School Readiness Goals/Objectives Our program goals encompass the entire inner and outer wheel of the Child and Early Learning Framework. Program goals are aligned with the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, the Kindergarten Entry Checklist and the Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Areas of and Learning Indicators. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) identified children will follow Individual Education Plan (IEP). REVISED Physical Health and Social and Emotional Cognition and General Knowledge Approaches to Learning Language Literacy Knowledge and Skills English Language Parent, Family & Community Engagement Children will be on an appropriate immunization schedule and have all required health checks completed Children and families will be able to demonstrate safe and healthy habits Children will demonstrate control of large muscles for movement, navigation and balance Children will demonstrate control of small muscles for such purposes as using utensils, self-care, building, writing and exploring Children will develop and demonstrate the ability to recognize and regulate emotions, attention, impulses, and behavior Children will develop and demonstrate positive interactions and relationships with adults and peers Children will experience success in the classroom through individualized experiences based on the Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable Math: Children will use math in everyday routines to count, compare, relate, pattern, and problem solve Science: Children will engage in exploring their environment Social Studies: Children will have a basic knowledge of self, their family, cultures, their family s role in the community and the differences between families. Logic and Reasoning: Children will demonstrate the ability to seek multiple solutions to a question, task and problem and utilize technology. Children will demonstrate curiosity, motivation, flexibility and persistence while engaging in learning Children will demonstrate the use of creative and imaginative expression Children will be able to utilize language to express their wants and needs Children will engage in conversations, follow directions, and comprehend language Children will demonstrate the appropriate use and appreciation of books Children will begin to recognize letters, understand basic print concepts and develop beginning writing skills Children who are dual language learners will acquire beginning proficiency in English Children will understand common words and phrases Every parent functions proficiently as the child s first teacher and will participate in program activities and goal setting Every parent will demonstrate an increased understanding of how their child is developing and learning 8

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