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ESC Annual Report 2018


EDUCATION SOLUTIONS This is in addition to: - Regular Head Start-related agenda items, - Head Start training, - Policy Council report - Other required written reporting materials such as monthly financials, Child and Adult Food Coordinated Food Program (CACFP), Eligibility Recruitment Select Enrollment Attendance (ERSEA), credit card and federal correspondence reports Communities are ready to invest 3 Our strong partnership with Access Family Care, the local Federally Qualified Health Care center, has resulted in Access applying for a grant to increase the number of Head Start dental clinics it operates from 5 to 26 per year. 3 Wildcat Glades Audubon Center included Head Start in a nature education grant and provided multiple learning experiences for Head Start children in the Joplin Area. 3 When informed about our community needs assessment findings regarding food and hunger needs, the Lamar Head Start parent group started a food bank for families. 3 The Carl Junction Lion’s Club held a pancake feed to raise funds for new vision screening equipment for Early Head Start. 3 H&R Block has adopted Head Start as its community partner and has made several donations to the program. They have also conducted seminars for the policy council, staff and parent groups on financial planning and taxes. 3 After sharing the experience of VROOM (a parent-focused brain building mobilefriendly initiative) in our program, the City of Joplin’s strategic planning effort, One Joplin, has decided to promote VROOM city-wide as one of its child and family literacy strategies. Over 6,000 flyers and information cards will be available in doctor offices, city buildings and non-profits. Three PSA videos have been created and are being shown on all local television stations. We encourage every family in our program to sign up for VROOM. 3 Partnerships with several local libraries will result in more books for our families to own. Our partnership libraries are Granby, Joplin and McDonald County who provide books for the families who participate in the program. 3 A partnership with Freeman Health Systems resulted in a community-wide conference on toxic stress and the creation of a Childhood Resiliency Council. 3 New partnerships have been developed with the Carthage Family Literacy Council, the Lamar School District, City of Joplin, Southwest City First Baptist Church, Noel Public Housing Authority and three private child care providers as a result of the EHS-CCP grant. 36

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS FISCAL GOALS • Our Agency audit had no findings or reportable concerns. • The program identified a community need for more child care and met that need with a new $6 million Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant. • In response to foodrelated needs identified in our Community Needs Assessment, we applied for and received six “Farm to Preschool” mini-grants. • In response to mental health needs identified in our community assessment and self-assessment, we partnered with Freeman Health System to apply for a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the fiscal agent. • Last year, we exceeded our non-federal match requirements by over $350,000 dollars. • We have improved our financial reporting system in order to analyze bi-weekly payroll reports and monthly costs per center. • Our hiring of a construction manager in the EHS-CCP grant has resulted in significant cost, time and compliance benefits in meeting the grant requirements. ENOLLLMENT AND HEALTH SERVICES Over 1,000 children and families are served by the program each year in the four county area. The program maintains its full enrollment each month within the requirements of the program. A large waiting list of children is FAMILY SERVICES Head Start and Early Head Start are mandated to serve the families in the community who kept for any openings that may occur. ESC’s Head Start and Early Head Start program serves just under 50% of the estimated eligible population. The chart below shows the enrollment for each month. Head Early Total Funded % Month Start Head Enrolled Slots Start January 609 192 801 801 100% February 609 192 801 801 100% March 609 192 801 801 100% April 603 192 795 742 107% May 598 192 790 742 106% June Closed 191 191 742 99% July Closed 192 192 742 100% (EHS only) August 550 192 742 742 100% September 550 192 742 742 100% October 549 192 741 742 99% Self-Sufficiency Need are most in need. The program assists families to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Families Served Emergency/Crisis Intervention 291 Housing Assistance 134 Mental Health Services 133 English as a Second Language (ESL) Training 63 Adult Education 126 Job Training 84 Substance Abuse Prevention 44 Substance Abuse Treatment 10 Child Abuse and Neglect Services 51 Domestic Violence Services 13 Child Support Assistance 40 Health Education 821 Assistance to Families of Incarcerated Individuals 13 Parenting Education 839 Relationship/Marriage Education 35 Financial Asset Building 173 37

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