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2019 Annual Report


Director’s Message Dear Family and Friends of Head Start: I am thrilled to present the following Annual Report for the 2018-2019 program year. As our program has grown over the past few years, we’ve achieved a lot that we should be proud of and excited to continue.

Laurie Coleman

The contents of this annual report will not only provide specific required information to the public, but it also highlights the major accomplishments over the past year for the Head Start, Child & Family Programs.

In the following report you will find important data related to the work that we do every day; living up to the responsibility of providing a high quality education and comprehensive services to the most vulnerable children and families. This annual report also includes data on child and family outcomes that not only demonstrate the benefits of our Head Start Program, but the tireless efforts of our team to ensure that children and families are prepared for school and life. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and express our appreciation to the Board of Directors; the Policy Council, and many community partners and school districts who so willingly volunteer their time and expertise to provide support, oversight and direction to the Head Start Program. Finally, I am grateful for the most committed, capable, and caring team that goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide the highest level of quality services to children and families. Sincerely, Laurie Coleman Head Start, Child & Family Programs Director


Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles & Program Goals Our Passion — Your Future Mission  To cultivate life-long learning in children and families.

Vision  To inspire children and families to strive to their fullest po-

tential every day.

Guiding Principles  Children and families come first;  Life-long learning is essential;  Provide top-notch services;  Embrace and celebrate diversity;

and,  Provide safe environments.

Program Goals  Increase child attendance rates and decrease absentee-

ism and tardiness.  Increase and strengthen the engagement of community

partners while influencing positive family connections and community involvement.  Improve staff competencies by utilizing multiple resources

and technology-based platforms.  All children will make progress across all Teaching Strate-

gies Areas of Development and Learning.


Mary Johnson Retires After 41 Years of Service Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs staff members celebrated Mary Johnson’s admirable Head Start career on December 4, 2018. After working for Head Start for 41 years, it was time for her to retire and spend more time with her own family. Mary began working with the Head Start program in 1977 as a paraprofessional, just 2 months after enrolling her oldest son into the program. At that time, she was a young mother of three children. The first year that she worked for Head Start she obtained her Mary Johnson GED, due to a lot of encouragement from supportive coworkers, and later her CDA. After joining Tri-Valley, Mary earned a degree in Early Childhood Education for which she attributes to the continued empowerment that the Tri-Valley Head Start Program offers to staff and families. Over the years, Mary has had the opportunity to serve the Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs in many capacities. Her experiences have included Bus Driver, Teacher, Center Manager, Program Operations Manager and everything in between! She has had the pleasure of watching children grow while expanding their minds, assisting families with setting goals for themselves, and mentoring many staff members along the way. Mary earned several awards during her time with Head Start. She received the “Wind Beneath My Wings” award from Tri-Valley, the Minnesota Head Start Association “Head Start Heroes Award”, the “Champion of Child Safety” award at the Minnesota Childhood Injury Summit, and the “Saved by the Belt” award from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Mary has this to say about working for Head Start: “I have worked with some of the finest and most dedicated people in the world. I cannot think of a better way that I would have wanted to spend 41 years of my life!


Head Start Programs & Services The Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs operates under the umbrella of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. The programs provide comprehensive child development services to children and families with a special emphasis on promoting children’s school readiness. The programs value parents and encourages them to become advocates for their children and for their community. The Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs operates four Head Start Programs which are highlighted throughout this report. Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start (April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019)  615 children served, ages birth-5 years;  46 pregnant women served 

Services offered during the agricultural work season.

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13 Sites throughout MN and ND.  Specifically for Migrant and Seasonal

farmworker families. Region V Head Start and Early Head Start (May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019)  209 children served, ages 3-5 years;  165 children served, ages birth–3 years;  27 pregnant women served 

Head Start operates during the school year.  Services provided in Marshall, Polk, and

Norman counties.



Early Head Start operates year round.  Services provided in Marshall, Polk, Norman and

Steele counties.


Financial Audit & Federal Monitoring Financial Audit Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s 2018 audit did not identify any area of material weakness or significant deficiency. There were also no findings or questioned costs contained in the report. Federal Monitoring Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start and Region V Head Start and Early Head Start had a Focus Area 1 Monitoring Review conducted by the Administration for Children and Families. There were no areas of concern, areas of noncompliance, or areas of deficiency. The review showed that Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards or Public Law 110-134, Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, and other regulations. There were several program highlights identified which show-case Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Program’s unique and innovative service delivery:  Program Design and Management  Utilizing data for our community and self-assessment to understand the needs of the communities, children, and families we serve.  Relocating the Rochester Center to Elgin, MN  Using data to improve attendance and tardiness and inform our program goals.  Community Partnerships  Norman County West School District  Nutrition—Farm to Head Start  Implementing curriculum  Planting community gardens  Providing local produce A message from Dr. Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start: “Laurie, I have finished reading your recent monitoring report and want you to know how pleased I was to see your responsiveness to the relocation of your families. So many programs fail to recognize this change and all the hard work required in uprooting a program, that’s going when the need is—is exactly what Head Start is all about. Kudos to your entire team for all of their work here! Dr. B”


Revenue Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Federal Operating Funds Federal Training & Technical Assistance United Way of Olmsted County Federal Operating Funds (EHS) Federal Training & Technical Assistance (EHS) MN State Migrant Early Head Start Other TOTAL

10,112,097 207,022 17,512 1,507,479 35,755 2,192,161 56,156 $14,128,182

Region V Head Start and Early Head Start Federal Operating Funds Federal Training & Technical Assistance

1,602,665 20,677

MN MDE Pathway II—Crookston and EGF

109,120

Child Care Reimbursement/Income—EGF

5,511

Child Care Reimbursement/Income—Crookston

2,000

Federal Operating Funds (EHS) Federal Training & Technical Assistance (EHS)

1,178,128 27,074

Norman County West ISD 2527

106,000

MN State Head Start (EHS)

395.952

TOTAL

$3,447,127

Other Grants MN State Child Care ND Department of Public Instruction

439,727 82,000

MN MDE Title 1—Health

117,966

MN MDE Title 1—Identification & Recruitment

637,034

TOTAL Total Head Start, Child & Family Programs Funding:

$1,276,727 $18,852,036


Proposed Budget RXII MSHS Personnel

RXII MSEHS

RV HS

RV EHS

TOTAL

4,282,348

1,789,926

900,468

1,537,695

$8,510,437

1,015,095

452,883

388,988

486,380

$2,343,346

191,540

142,961

9,601

12,912

$367,014

0

0

0

0

$0

Supplies

124,174

113,188

32,499

10,428

$280,289

Contractual

539,065

126,544

28,890

34,674

$729,173

Construction

943,661

0

1,299454

0

$2,243,115

Other

698,675

411,034

198,094

134,215

$1,442,018

Indirect Cost

682,389

2,459

148,395

225,806

$1,059,049

Fringe Benefits Travel Equipment

TOTAL

$8,476,947 $3,038,995 $3,006,389 $2,452,110 $16,974,441

Non-Federal Share (In-Kind) Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs receives 80% of it’s total federal budget needed to operate each program. The remaining 20% of the total federal budget is garnered from other sources. Below is the amount of in-kind collected by each program. Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start: $2,412,858 Region V Head Start and Early Head Start: $759,290


Budgetary Expenditures Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Region XII MSHS

Region XII MSEHS

Personnel

4,775,353

1,381,902

Fringe Benefits

1,568,355

463,660

369,985

112,659

0

0

1,057,873

113,107

Contractual

425,782

359,412

Construction

943.661

0

Other

475,081

122,125

Indirect Cost

886,179

228,406

$10,502,269

$2,781,271

Travel Equipment Supplies

TOTAL

Region V Head Start and Early Head Start Region V HS

Region V EHS

Personnel

730,361

920,950

Fringe Benefits

309,191

417,443

26,524

15,990

0

0

232,629

20,575

76,069

43,749

0

0

Other

185,998

145,196

Indirect Cost

177,704

144,748

$1,738,476

$1,708,651

Travel Equipment Supplies Contractual Construction

TOTAL


Cindy Boudreaux 25 Years of Service—Recognition from MinnCAP Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual training conference held on July 31—August 2, 2018 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, MN. Staff took part in general legislative sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several educational breakout sessions.

Photo L—R: Arnie Anderson (MinnCAP Executive Director), Cindy Boudreaux, Francie Mathes (Office of Economic Opportunity)

In conjunction with the annual training conference, 25 Year Honorees were recognized for their dedicated service and commitment to Community Action. Tri-Valley’s Cindy Boudreaux (Head Start Health Services Manager) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley in Crookston. A short biography on Cindy from the event: Cindy started her Head Start experience as a Head Start child where she was introduced to new and exciting things she had never seen before. For the past 25 years, Cindy has undeniably impacted countless children and families. Cindy has been instrumental in providing high quality, innovative health services and health education to children and parents. Her team provides CPR training, educate Pregnant Women and performs Child and Teen Check-ups, which generates income for the program. Admirably, while doing this, Cindy is a strong advocate for families and staff, displaying empathy and compassion in everything she does.


Melody Hedden & Christine Young Graduates of UCLA’s HS Management Fellows Program Melody Hedden, (Family and Community Services Manager) and Christine Young (Identification and Recruitment Manager) at Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in Crookston recently completed training at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Head Start Melody Hedden and Christine Young Management Fellows Program. They were two of 38 Graduates from UCLA’s intensive leadership program. Throughout the program, participants are taught how to lead effectively and deliver developmental services in changing environments, secure funding, implement programs and network with other Head Start executives across the nation. Since the program’s inception, 1,560 executives have graduates with enhanced management and leadership abilities. Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for Head Start executives to participate in a 12-day, intensive leadership and management development training session at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Since 1991, the program has trained over 1,400 Head Start Directors and Managers who provide comprehensive services to nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged children and families each day. Melody Hedden has this to say about the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program: “The Head Start Management Fellows Program played a vital role in moving me from a ‘shouldn’t have been, to a look at me.’ I was a Head Start child who transitioned into a Head Start parent and later a Head Start staff person. Head Start has been loyal in supporting and encouraging my professional development, which led to applying to the fellowship program. Through the classes at UCLA, I developed and sharpened skills that will be vital in supporting children and families.”


Locations & Services

Breckenridge - MN 810 Beede Avenue 218-641-4036 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Crookston - MN 1407 Erskine Street 218-281-1343 Head Start & Early Head Start East Grand Forks - MN 1825 Central Avenue NW 218-773-8452 Head Start & Early Head Start Community Child Care Glencoe - MN 1828 Knight Avenue North 320-864-6635 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Hendrum - MN 320 Main Street East 218-861-6738 Head Start & Early Head Start Owatonna - MN 565 20th Street NE 507-455-2203 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Early Head Start Rogers - MN 14020 Northdale Blvd. Ste B 866-801-6450 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start St. Cloud - MN 930 31st Avenue North 218-881-6738 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start

Brooten - MN 250 2nd Avenue 320-346-4255 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Community Child Care Danube - MN 100 Main Street 320-826-2147 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Elysian - MN 101 5th Street NW 507-267-4373 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Grafton - ND 1301 McHugh Avenue 701-352-0238 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Monticello - MN 9375 Fenning Avenue 763-272-2964 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Rochester - MN 1026 East Center Street 507-252-9226 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Sleepy Eye - MN 500 4th Avenue SW 218-281-0566 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Winnebago - MN 100 1st Avenue NE 800-569-1379 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start


Facility Projects Elgin After 90 years of canning history in Rochester, the vegetable (corn and peas) canning factory plant closed. The closure impacted 300 seasonal workers. After data analysis and family input, Tri-Valley decided to move the Rochester center closer to Elgin and Plainview. The families live in this area and work in various fields and orchards. We entered into a strong partnership with Peace United Methodist Church in Elgin, MN. Together, we renovated classroom space in the church to meet MN Department of Human Services Rule 3 Licensing requirements and Head Start Performance Standards. We will operate our 2019-2020 season in the new space. We are excited to be a part of this new community in Elgin! Glencoe Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs received $943,661 in funds to replace the existing modular units with a new modular unit at our Glencoe center. In March 2019, the old modular units were razed on the Christ Lutheran Church property. The buildings were originally built in 1993 and outlived their expected lifespan. We look forward to sharing more information, in our next Annual Report, regarding the new facility!

Owatonna Tri-Valley Head Start also submitted a 1303 Facility Application for our Owatonna Center. We look forward to sharing more information, in our next Annual Report, about the facility project as things progress during the 2019-2020 program year!


Children & Families Served (RXII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start)

REGION XII MIGRANT & SEASONAL HEAD START AND

Children and Pregnant Women

Families

Homeless Children

Breckenridge

31

18

0

Brooten

23

15

6

Danube

73

49

30

Elysian

52

35

18

Glencoe

41

27

11

Grafton

81

46

2

Monticello

49

33

13

Owatonna

32

22

28

Rochester

67

43

27

Rogers

71

42

19

Sleepy Eye

56

35

26

St. Cloud

54

37

6

Winnebago

31

18

21

661

420

207

TOTAL


Children & Families Served (RV Head Start and Early Head Start)

REGION V HEAD START

Children

Families

Homeless Children

Crookston

87

75

10

East Grand Forks

93

80

9

Hendrum

29

29

2

209

184

21

Children and Pregnant Women

Families

Homeless Children

Crookston

69

51

22

East Grand Forks

65

50

10

Hendrum

12

11

2

Owatonna

46

34

10

192

146

44

TOTAL REGION V EARLY HEAD START

TOTAL


Monthly Enrollment & Attendance Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start: 73% (661/900) of funded enrollment was met. Region V Head Start and Early Head Start: 100% of funded enrollment was maintained.

Average Monthly Attendance Percentage: RXII MSHS/EHS

RV HS

RV EHS

84%

86%

86%

Child Nutrition Services Promoting the nutritional well-being of children is a vital component of the Head Start Program. We strive to ensure parents are developing positive attitudes towards their child’s and their whole family’s nutrition. RXII MSHS/EHS

RV HS/EHS

# of Breakfasts Provided

37,349

17,872

# of Lunches Provided

39,664

22,549

# of Snacks Provided

32,878

17,950


Health Services Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The goal of this area is to ensure that all child health and developmental concerns are identified and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs. RXII MSHS/ EHS

RV HS

RV EHS

Up-to-date Physicals

594 (96%)

190 (91%)

127 (76%)

Up-to-date Dentals

574 (92%)

156 (75%)

127 (76%)


Education & Early Childhood Services Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs provides learning environments that are safe, nurturing, engaging, and enjoyable. We strive to provide culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning and help children develop a sense of independence, social competence, confidence, and responsibility. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of cognitive, social emotional, and physical development. RXII MSHS/ EHS

RV HS

RV EHS

Brigance screenings completed

603 (98%)

205 (98%)

158 (94%)

ASQ:SE screenings completed

610 (99%)

207 (99%)

161 (96%)

Disability Services Our goal in this area is to provide services that connect families and children with the appropriate resources to ensure the needs of children with disabilities are supported, and that all children are included in the full range of program activities. RXII MSHS/ EHS

RV HS

RV EHS

Children Served with an IEP

24 (4%)

23 (11%)

N/A

Children Served with an IFSP

4 (1%)

N/A

13 (8%)


CLASS Scores

Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) as an observational instrument to assess our preschool classrooms on an annual basis. CLASS is a valid and reliable research-based observational instrument. CLASS measures and assesses the quality of teacher-child engagements across the areas of: (1) Emotional Support; (2) Classroom Organization; and, (3) Instructional Support which are linked to positive child outcomes and later achievement. The chart below shows our average score for all preschool classrooms in our Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program and in our Region V Head Start Program as compared to tne National


School Readiness Goals Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs works collaboratively with other community service providers to ensure that all children are ready for school, and families are ready to support their children’s learning. Goals have been identified to ensure children are making progress in all domains throughout the program year. APPROACHES TO LEARNING 

Goal #1: Children will be self-motivated to learn while using their creativity and imagination. Children Meeting Goal:  89% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  91% Head Start and Early Head Start

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

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Goal #2: Children will manage feelings and demonstrate selfregulation skills. Children Meeting Goal:  88% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  91% Head Start and Early Head Start Goal #3: Children will form positive relationships with others. Children Meeting Goal:  88% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  87% Head Start and Early Head Start

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY 

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Goal #4: Children will gain knowledge of print as a source to receive, relay and record information. Children Meeting Goal:  81% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  91% Head Start and Early Head Start Goal #5: Children will progress in speaking and understanding language. Children Meeting Goal:  85% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  84% Head Start and Early Head Start


School Readiness Goals (Continued) COGNITION 

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Goal #6: Children will retain and apply knowledge to gain the ability to question, analyze and understand the world around them. Children Meeting Goal:  90% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  93% Head Start and Early Head Start Goal #7: Children will develop a sense of numbers, quantity, patterns, explore positions of objects in space and use matching and sorting skills to make comparisons. Children Meeting Goal:  79% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  86% Head Start and Early Head Start

PERCEPTUAL, MOTOR, AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT 

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Goal #8: Children will demonstrate increasing control and coordination of small and large muscle development. Children Meeting Goal:  90% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  90% Head Start and Early Head Start Goal #9: Children will demonstrate positive self-help, health, nutrition and safety habits. Children Meeting Goal:  91% Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start  92% Head Start and Early Head Start


Minnesota Migrant Education Program (September 1, 2018—August 31, 2019) Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs receives a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to identify and recruit all migrant students in Minnesota who are eligible under Title I Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This past year, we have identified more than 1100 migrant children. Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs also works with the summer Migrant Education Programs by providing health screenings. This past year, we provided 258 physical exams and 215 dental screenings/exams to school-age children.  The Minnesota Department of Education completed a fiscal re-

view for our Title I Part C Program and no findings were identified.

Minnesota Migrant Child Care Grant (July 1, 2018—June 30, 2019) The Minnesota Migrant Child Care Grant allows Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs to provide child care services to children when we are unable to serve them at our centers, due to waiting lists, location, etc. We offer training, transportation and bilingual staff to licensed, Parent Aware rated providers that we contract with. This grant also allows us to serve children that sometimes don’t qualify for our Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start program. The total number of unduplicated children served for the reporting period listed above was 727 children.  The Minnesota Department of Human Services completed a re-

view of our MN State Migrant Child Care Program and no findings were identified. 7/1/18-12/31/18 Total # of Children Served Average Time Enrolled

1/1/19-6/30/19

582

363

86 days

32 days


Pathway II Early Learning Scholarships Grant Tri-Valley receives funding from the Minnesota Department of Education to award scholarships directly to eligible children attending our Head Start Programs. We are eligible to receive Pathway II funds because we are Parent Aware Four-Star Rated. Parent Aware is a Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system which assists parents in selecting high-quality early childhood programs. Seven of our centers (5 in Region V and 2 in Region XII) participate in the Pathway II Early Learning Scholarships Grant. The funding that we receive from this grant is utilized to assist with paying staff salaries so that we can improve our quality of services at the centers. We are also able to utilize a portion of the funds to purchase materials to increase access for individual children with unique needs. We were able to secure $337,221.59 ($75,000 in Region V and $262,221.59 in Region XII) in additional funding, for the 2018-2019 program year, to support our Head Start Programs.

Develop Develop is operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is Minnesota’s Quality Improvement and Registry Tool for child care programs. All Tri-Valley Head Start staff have Develop accounts, and all Tri-Valley trainings are entered into this system. Staff with Develop accounts are able to participate in numerous training opportunities either in person or online through Develop. Some Tri-Valley staff members are even approved trainers within this system. Using the Develop system assists Tri-Valley with achieving our 5-Year-Goal to improve staff competencies by utilizing multiple resources and technology-based platforms.


Professional Development Staff Qualifications Preschool Teachers Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Program employed 41 Preschool Teachers during the 2018-2019 program year. Our Region V Head Start Program employed 12 Preschool Teachers during the 2018-2019 program year. RXII MSHS/EHS

RV HS

Baccalaureate or higher

18 (44%)

6 (50%)

Associate Degree

12 (29%)

5 (42%)

Child Development Associate or lower

11 (27%)

1 (8%)

Infant/Toddler Teachers Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs Region XII Migrant & Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Program employed 72 Infant/Toddler Teachers during the 2018-2019 program year. Our Region V Early Head Start Program employed 19 Infant/Toddler Teachers during the 2018-2019 program year. RXII MSHS/EHS

RV EHS

Baccalaureate or higher

8 (11%)

8 (42%)

Associate Degree

7 (10%)

4 (21%)

Child Development Associate or lower

57 (79%)

7 (37%)


Professional Development Professional Development Child Development Associate Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs has been placing an emphasis on equipping our education staff to more effectively work with the children and families that we serve. During the 2018-2019 program year, 15 Region XII and 3 Region V staff obtained their Child Development Associate (CDA)The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. Head Start staff who go through the CDA Program learn how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children. Congratulations to the 6 teaching staff members who completed their Preschool CDA, to the 11 teaching staff members who completed their Infant/Toddler CDA, and to the 1 teaching staff member who completed their Home Visitor CDA during the 2018-2019 program year!

Child Development Associate (CDA) Trainee Program A Career Opportunity for Life! Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is excited to announce the implementation of the CDA Trainee Program which will begin during the 2019 -2020 program year. This program is designed for Head Start parents, family members, and community members. It is a 4 month program that will give eligible candidates employment and resources needed to obtain their CDA!


Minnesota Head Start Association The mission of the Minnesota Head Start Association (MHSA) is to empower themselves as a united voice in speaking and acting on issues affecting low in-come children and families. Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is a member of the MHSA. Several staff and parents participate in the important work that takes place during quarterly meetings and important events.  Director Affiliate for 2018-2019: Laurie Coleman  Dennis Demers was voted in as a Friend of Tri-Valley’s on the Director’s Affiliate and serves on the Region V Head Start Association  Staff Affiliate for 2018-2019: Melody Hedden  Staff Alternate for 2018-2019: Edna Tudon  Parent Affiliates for 2018-2019: Juanita Wilkes & Jessica Rodriguez  Juanita was voted in on the MHSA Board of Directors

National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association Mission Statement: In union with farmworker families, the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) advocates for comprehensive, high-quality Head Start services with diverse stakeholders, paving the path stronger communities and the lifelong success of children and families. Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is a member of the NMSHSA. Multiple staff and parents take part in advocating at the National level.  Director Affiliate for 2018-2019: Laurie Coleman  Laurie was voted in on the NMSHSA Board of Directors as the Vice President of the Director’s Affiliate.  Staff Affiliates for 2018-2019: Tami Byklum & Amber Eckhardt  Parent Affiliates for 2018-2019: Teresa Luque & Sarita Rodriguez  Teresa was voted in as the NHSA Representative on the NMSHSA Board of Directors


National Head Start Association National Head Start Association’s (NHSA’s) mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is a member of the NHSA. As a member, NHSA advocates for us before Congress and the Administration. We also have access to online resources and additional learning and networking opportunities at annual conferences.  Dennis Demers serves on NHSA as a Friend of Tri-Valley’s on the Director’s Affiliate.  Teresa Luque was the Parent Representative from Region XII on the NHSA Board of Directors.

Parent Involvement Promise In Head Start, we believe that parents are the most important people in their child’s life. We also believe that parents strengthen the quality of our program. Therefore, Tri-Valley Head Start Staff will:  Welcome and greet all parents with a smile-in the center and in the community.  Take every opportunity to visit with parents in their home.  Make every effort to address parent issues and concerns at the time they are presented.  Respond to parent phone calls and other requests prior to the end of the next service day.  Ensure that all communications, verbal and written, are presented in each parent’s preferred language.  Make every effort to ensure that parents are personally invited to every Parent Meeting, Policy Council Meeting and other events.  Ensure that every parent who comes into the center so volunteer is given meaningful work to do.  Ensure that every programmatic form, policy, and procedure considers first, how parents will be affected by it.  Answer parent questions by providing information in such a way that the question becomes a learning experience for the parent and staff.


Family Engagement The goal of Family Engagement is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals and nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture. By building trusting relationships, we believe we can all make progress and learn from each other. The top 5 family goals for RXII and RV during the 2018-2019 program year were: Further Education, Improve Parenting Skills, Learn English, Buy/Build House, Budgeting. Percentage of families who participated in the family goal setting process Region XII MSHS/EHS

99% (420 families)

Region V HS

100% (184 families)

Region V EHS

96% (146 families)

ReadyRosie Tri-Valley Head Start Programs began utilizing the ReadyRosie Active Family Engagement SYSTEM in 2018. Ready Rosie is a research-based early education tool that helps families, schools, and communities across the nation deepen and scale their family engagement efforts. The tools leverage the power of video modeling, family workshops, professional development opportunities, and mobile technology to build powerful partnerships between families and educators, resulting in Ready Families, Ready Educators, Ready Children. During the 2018-2019 Program year we had several parents who enrolled in utilizing the tools that ReadyRosie has to offer. Our hope is that participation continues to grow and our family engagement efforts continue to increase!


Region V Policy Council President Juanita Wilkes promotes voting

Juanita Wilkes, Region V Policy Council President-East Grand Forks

East Grand Forks parent and Region V Policy Council President, Juanita Wilkes, volunteered to do voter registration booths at the East Grand Forks, Crookston and Hendrum centers to educate families on the importance of voting. Several parents visited the booths to obtain information and then registered to vote. At the December 11th, 2018 Minnesota Head Start Association meeting, Juanita was recognized for her efforts in educating parents on the importance of voting. It was at this meeting that she was also elected to the Minnesota Head Start Association Board of Directors! Juanita Wilkes has this to say about being on Policy Council: “Being a part of Policy Council has given me a voice that I always knew was within me but, I was hesitant to use. The experiences I have had serving on Policy Council have helped build my self-esteem. Being able to help and advocate for children and families is one of the best feelings in the world! The many different training evens that I attend throughout the year are always educational and being able to bring back ideas and suggestions to our centers is awesome. I am thankful for all of the support that has been given to me by my family, the staff at Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs, and other families at the centers! As a parent who has had four children in the Head Start program, I am very happy that Policy Council is able to give me insight on how Head Start functions and, with the amazing tools given to me by Policy Council, I have been able to educate other parents as well!


Policy Council

Head Start programs are required to establish and maintain a formal structure of shared governance through which parents can participate in policy making or in other decisions about the program. In order to accomplish this, Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs hosts two different opportunities. 1) Parent Committee Meetings - These meetings occur at the center level. These meetings give parents an opportunity to have a voice in local center decisions. 2) Policy Council Meetings - These meetings occur at the Administrative Office level. Parents are elected from the local Parent Committees. Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs has two separate Policy Councils (Head Start/Early Head Start and Migrant & Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start.) Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. also has a Governing Board which holds the legal and fiscal responsibility for administering the Head Start programs. An Ad Hoc member from each Policy Council serves on the Governing Board and vice versa, in order to ensure communication amongst the groups.

Executive Committee Members for the RXII MSHS/EHS Policy Council in 2018/19 President: Teresa Luque Vice President: Sarita Rodriguez Secretary: Alfredo Martinez Ad Hoc to the Board: Benito Resendez Executive Committee Members for the RV HS/ EHS Policy Council in 2018/19 President: Juanita Wilkes Vice President: Jessica Rodriguez Secretary: Casandra Myers Ad Hoc to the Board: Ashley Johnston


Board of Directors Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. also has a Governing Board which holds the legal and fiscal responsibility for administering the Head Start programs. An Ad Hoc member from each Policy Council serves on the Governing Board and vice versa, in order to ensure communication amongst the groups. Governing Board for 2018-2019 Chairperson: Mark Kroulik-Private Sector, Marshall County Vice Chair: Stephanie Vonesh-Low-Income Sector-Polk County Secretary: Shawna Peterson-Private Sector, Marshall County Treasurer: Don Diedrich-Public Official Sector, Polk County Dr. Jodi Boerger-Wilder-Private Sector, Polk County Gary Willhite-Public Official Sector, Polk County John Gerszewski-Low-Income Sector, Polk County Dr. Linda Neuburg-Private Sector, Polk County Lee Ann Hall-Public Official Sector, Norman County Dale Svaren-Private Sector, Norman County Sarah Kjono-Low-Income Sector, Norman County Marvin Gunderson-Public Official Sector, Norman County LeRoy Vonasek-Public Official Sector, Marshall County-16 yrs. Domita Mack-Public Official Sector, Marshall County Greg Burris-Low-Income Sector, Marshall County Nancy Myers-Low-Income Sector, Marshall County Lynn Monk-Low-Income Sector, Norman County Jim Duckstad-Public Official Sector, Marshall County

The mission of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for people and communities.


PO Box 607  102 North Broadway 200 East Bowler Street Crookston, MN 56716 Le Center, MN 56057 Phone: 218-281-5832 Phone: 952-232-1209 Fax: 1-800-471-6902 Website: www.tvoc.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/TVOCInc Twitter: TriValley_TVOC This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting us at 1-800-584-7020 or by calling the Telecommunication Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer/provider. EOE/M/F/D/V

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2019 Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs Annual Report  

2019 Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs Annual Report

2019 Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs Annual Report  

2019 Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs Annual Report

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