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  • pg. 1 Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report for Year Ending August 31, 2017

    Annual Report Region 10 Education Service Center

    Head Start and Early Head Start For the year ending August 31, 2017

    Contents Program Description ................................................................................................................ 1

    Highlights and Changes .......................................................................................................... 2

    Enrollment ................................................................................................................................. 4

    Characteristics of Children and Families .............................................................................. 4

    Language ............................................................................................................................... 4

    Ethnicity and Race ............................................................................................................... 5

    Health Services......................................................................................................................... 6

    Dental Services..................................................................................................................... 8

    Mental Health Services ........................................................................................................... 9

    Results of Monitoring Visit .................................................................................................... 11

    Financial Aspects 2016-2017 ............................................................................................... 12

    Head Start and Early Head Start Program ......................................................................... 15

    Results of Audit for Year Ending August 31, 2017 .............................................................. 16

    Efforts to Prepare Students for Kindergarten........................................................................ 16

    Documentation of Children's Progress included: .................................................................. 17

    Family Engagement ............................................................................................................... 18

    Family and Community Engagement Program Services ................................................. 19

    Head Start and Early Head Start: Success Starts Here ......................................................... 21

    Success = Graduation for Mom and High Quality Early Head Start for the Child .............. 21

    College For Mom Because of Early Head Start.................................................................... 22

    Head Start – A Life-Changing Experience ..................................................................... 22

    Executive Summary ............................................................................................................... 23

    Program Description Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) was the grantee for Head Start and Early Head Start services and partnered with eighteen (18) school districts in Collin, Ellis, Grayson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties to provide services to a funded enrollment of 1,120.

  • pg. 2 Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report for Year Ending August 31, 2017

    Highlights and Changes

    During the 2016-2017 school year, the Head Start/Early Head Start program continued to provide excellent services for children and families. Some of the highlight and changes included:

     The program celebrated an important milestone, its 25th anniversary of providing services for children and families, with a luncheon and special program on July 24, 2017. The Region 10 ESC Executive Director, many Region 10 ESC staff members, representatives from partner school districts, current and former Head Start/Early Head Start staff, members of the community and current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents participated. A special time of remembrance was held for the program’s first director, Dr. Steve Hale, who died in June 2017, and the program was honored that his wife and daughter were in attendance. A video that captured the essence of the celebration is available for viewing here at 25 years of Head Start.

     The program successfully utilized an internet-based program developed in-house to track services for children and families. The program had been in the development stages and was used on a limited basis during the previous school year but was at full capacity during the 2016-2017 school year. Known as the Electronic Family Folder, or EFF, this program tracks services and provides a variety of reports, enabling the Head Start/Early Head Start program to efficiently, effectively and compassionately serve children and families.

     Head Start’s district partnerships decreased from 19 to 18 when Gunter ISD determined that there was not a sufficient number of eligible students to support a class.

     Crandall ISD added additional classes because of the growth in the number of eligible children in the community.

     The Office of Head Start released the final version of the Head Start Performance Standards in November 2016, and the program continued to make the appropriate changes to ensure compliance with these changes. Some of these included:

     Staff qualifications  Job descriptions were revised to reflect changes in required credentials

    for specific positions within the program.

     Early Head Start Home Based Services and Services for Teen Parents year round

     By August 1, 2017, the Home Based Program must provide at least one home visit per week per family that lasts at least 90 minutes and must provide a minimum of 46 visits per program year. In addition, a minimum of 22 group socialization activities for families must be provided over the course of a program year.

     In the Center Based Early Head Start Program, all enrolled children are to be provided with 1,380 hours of planned class operations. The Early Head Start schedules are aligned with local school districts’ partners and designed to meet the needs of teen parents, so the standards require regular home-based services be provided during the summer months when the teens are not attending school.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGAtNKAPdCM&t=1s

  • pg. 3 Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report for Year Ending August 31, 2017

     Program Governance  The Policy Council members, Head Start/Early Head Start parents and

    community members who are responsible for providing guidance to the Head Start/Early Head Start program, were formerly limited to a total of three years of service. In response to the revised Performance Standards, the program changed the Policy Council by-laws to reflect members being allowed to serve five one-year terms.

     If a parent has a child in Early Head Start and the child transitions to Head Start, the parent may continue to serve on the Policy Council if elected.

     Attendance  The local campus must contact the parents if a child is unexpectedly

    absent, and the parent has not contacted the program within one hour of the start of the school day. The new procedure was implemented in both Head Start and Early Head Start to promote the safety and well-being of the children enrolled in the program.

     Early Head Start earned the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Blue Ribbon Affiliate award in

    November 2016.  As an affiliate of Parents as Teachers, the Early Head Start Home Based

    Program adheres to 17 essential requirements to maintain the certification. PAT Affiliates are required to go through a quality endorsement and improvement process every five years. The Early Head Start program received the Blue Ribbon Affiliate status for meeting or exceeding the 17 essential requirements due to the rigor of the Office of Head Start federal monitoring process and Early Head Start’s positive results. The Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement is official recognition that the program continuously provides a high level of service and excellent programming to families and communities.

     Early Head Start Lead Teachers developed their skills by coaching the center-based teachers through book study and mentoring.

    o At monthly team meetings, Lead Teachers worked together to enhance their coaching skills with the classroom teachers. They used the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s published book Powerful Interactions: Coaching; a follow-up to the teachers’ book study of Powerful Interactions in the Classroom.

     In Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms, the Active Supervision Toolkit was utilized, implemented and monitored through the Classroom Observation Checklist.

     The Head Start Consultant Checkup Newsletter was distributed electronically on a monthly basis to teaching teams with updates, pertinent information, upcoming events, etc.

     The Head Start Teacher Checklist was implemented in each classroom for ongoing monitoring/self-assessment.

  • pg. 4 Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report for Year Ending August 31, 2017

    Enrollment The Region 10 ESC Head Start/Early Head Start program served a total of one thousand three hundred eight (1,308) children in partnership with Allen ISD, Crandall ISD, Denison ISD, Ennis ISD,