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ESC Annual Report 2018

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES Powerful Solutions • The program identified a need through Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area’s Community Needs Assessment for more affordable and licensed childcare in the community and met that need with a new $6 million Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant. • The use of technology has improved child assessments and parent interaction through helping teachers identify and record children’s skills they observe. • The program uses data to make program decisions. Coordinator dashboard reports provide strong impetus for continual improvement in every part of the program. For example, when data showed that language development scores were showing a downward trend in Early Head Start, the program implemented a number of new reading programs in partnership with parents such as the Read to Your Child Challenge, 3T’s, and 30 Million Word Gap. that successfully reversed the trend. • The new attendance policy resulted in more hours of service for children and families. • Parents are happy and grateful for program staff and the work they do for them and their children. Parents reported feeling joy in seeing their child excited about learning and participating in HS/EHS classrooms and activities. • Focus group interviews universally noted that staff is dedicated to serving children and families. Staff frequently said that working in HS/EHS was like being in a family. • The HS/EHS program provides services to the whole family. Data shows that families receive both direct services and multiple referrals to community resources. • Data shows that children make substantial gains in multiple areas while in the program. The average gain in school readiness skills is 41 percentage points. • The Lamar Head Start parents started a community food bank at their center based on Economic Security Corporation’s Community Needs Assessment that showed Barton County’s identification of community food and hunger needs, now families are ready to engage. PROGRESS TOWARD HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM GOALS The program has four overarching goals. All activities and initiatives should relate to at least one of these goals. The four goals are: Children are ready for school 3 95.8 % of all EHS children were assessed at or above age level using the Hawaii Early Learning Profile. 3 Over 90% of all graduating HS children were assessed at a kindergarten level of school readiness. The average gain from entry until graduation for children enrolled in HS was 44 percentage points. Families are ready to engage 2016-2017 Parent Survey 99% Do you feel welcome at your EHS/HS center? 99% Do you feel supported by the EHS/HS staff? 90% Do you feel involved at your EHS/HS center? What are your child’s most improved skills as a result of EHS/HS participation? 3 Use of new words 3 Speaking and listening skills 3 Interest in counting/numbers 3 Completing tasks 3 We are spending more time together 34

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS Parents agree that the program helps their child… plus they agree in the ways the program helps. Both HS and EHS parents identified the same five improvements their child experienced as a result of the program. (from a list of 30 items) Program is ready to support 3 A partnership with Integrity Home Health has resulted in nurses available in the classrooms to support multiple children with severe health needs. 3 Professional Development Plan (PDP) is supported through ESC’s Human Resources Department. The program has a strong system of professional training and support for Teachers regarding the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). The system includes: - three certified CLASS trainers - 13 certified CLASS observers - frequent Quality Teacher Interaction training for all teaching staff - bilingual CLASS observers - a tiered coaching system for assisting staff to improve their CLASS scores 3 The program has improved its contacts with the media and has garnered multiple television, print and social media coverages. 3 Since modifying our attendance systems, children’s attendance has been outstanding. 3 Use of technology has continued to ramp up with web applications: LifeCubby, VROOM, Ready Rosie, TSGold, iPad minis in every classroom and improved bandwidth at several sites, to provide parents better engagement opportunities. 3 The monthly data team continues to meet with the focus on reviewing program data, identifying improvement areas and coordinators telling their data story in a clear, concise and powerful way. 3 As a result of the Head Start Director’s Caucus, the program has identified 9 additional ways to move our program toward being a “High Reliability Organization” as defined in the book “Managing the Unexpected – Sustained Performance in a Complex World 3 A Head Start Update has been added as an additional agenda item for each ESC Board of Director’s meeting. (continued on next page) 35

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