Between conferences, oﬀ-site meetings, and a family trip I believe I set a record low for number of days in Crookston in July. That doesn’t mean things weren’t happening, however. The newsletter is once again full of news! First, a mention that Tri-Valley has emerged from the other side of the Designation Renewal System with our Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program! We had known for a time that we were going to be oﬀered a ﬁve-year grant but we couldn’t share the news until our funding notiﬁcation arrived. With that in hand, we can oﬀer congratulations to program leaders who wrote a successful application! For me, July meant more housing. Tri-Valley has been assisting three area communities with a single family pilot project. We had a project in Warren that largely wrapped up at the end of 2018 but still needed some work this past spring, and projects in both Crookston and Red Lake Falls that started this summer. I am grateful Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors decided to get involved as the projects will make a positive impact in the communities. Another topic that consumed some time in July was health insurance. I am involved with the joint powers board that oversees the Minnesota Healthcare Consortium (MHC). MHC is an arrangement that leverages the purchasing power of the self-insured pools of seven Service Coops statewide. The arrangement began two years ago and is showing promise. We took what has been done to date and have reorganized the group to utilize teams that channel the collective talent our regional coops have for the beneﬁt of all members statewide. I left the planning session very encouraged that we can ﬁnd a way to even out the historical ups and downs of our renewal premiums. I know all groups are one hard case away from seeing increases, but I am more encouraged now than ever, feeling like we have things in place that will create real, positive change.
In This Issue:
In This Issue:
* CEO News and Notes * Thank you Linda! * We’re Hiring * Tri-Valley Visits County Fairs * Upcoming Events * Danube Center Garden * Elgin Center Goes Exploring * Grafton City-Wide Garage Sale * Tri-Valley “On The Go”
* The Dentist Visits Elgin * Senior Programs at Fosston Crazy Days * Glencoe Center Holds Farm to Summer Event * Pruneda Earns Her CDA * Whited Recognized for 25 Years * Sundeen and Hedden Earn CCAP Certiﬁcation * How Parents Can Eﬀectively Communicate with the IEP Team workshop * Understanding the Children’s Mental Health System * Tri-Valley Board of Directors
Thank You Linda Linda Neuerburg (Private Sector, Polk County) received a retirement gift of a turquoise and sterling silver bracelet at the June 11 Tri-Valley Board of Directors meeting. She joined the board in February, 2009. She was Board Chair and Ad Hoc from the Board to the Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council for many years. Thank you Linda for your dedication to Tri-Valley!
Tri-Valley Visits Kittson and Polk County Fairs County fair season is here once again! Tri-Valley takes pride in getting out to all the county fairs in our primary service area to share information on our programs and services. Staﬀ enjoy talking with those interested in learning more about Tri-Valley.Thank you to those that stopped by the Tri-Valley booth at the Kittson and Polk County Fairs!
Upcoming Calendar Items:
Are you seeking a career with purpose? Tri-Valley is a rapidly growing organization and is always looking for qualiﬁed employees; we seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our staﬀ. Tri-Valley oﬀers a supportive work-environment and a competitive beneﬁts package to our employees. Apply today at Tri-Valley! https://careers.tvoc.org/
* July 31-Aug. 4 - Clearwater County Fair (Bagley) * Aug. 6 - Crookston Night to Unite * Aug. 8 - Tri-Valley On The Go (Roseau, Warroad) * Aug. 12-18 - Ox Cart Days (Crookston) * Aug. 12 - How Parents Can Eﬀectively Communi cate with the IEP Team (TRF and Crookston) * Aug. 13 - Tri-Valley Board Meeting * Aug. 15 - Tri-Valley On The Go (Brooks, Oklee, Plummer, Red Lake Falls) * Aug. 20 & 21 - Understanding the Children’s Mental Health System (Ada and Erskine) * Aug. 24 - MSHS/MSEHS Policy Council meeting
Elgin Center Goes Exploring The Danube Center Garden The Danube center started a garden in June. The preschoolers weeded the garden box. Then they planted and watered a tomato plant. The toddlers planted carrot and radish seeds. Then they watered those seeds as well. The children can look into the garden every day when they get oﬀ the bus to see how everything is growing. The radishes and carrots were up already after two days. They can’t wait to see what grows underneath the soil and taste the fresh vegetables.
The preschool children at the Elgin center went on a hunt for insects in July. They used magniﬁers, to search for insects out in the play area. The children were exploring when they came across some toads. At the end of the day they were able to let the toads go free!
Grafton Center Takes Part in City-Wide Garage Sale The Grafton Head Start center participated in the Grafton City-Wide Garage Sale event held on July 18. Many families came by to speak with our recruiters and take advantage of the donated items that were available. Thank You to all the families and community members that stopped by to visit!
Tri-Valley Visits Warren, Argyle, and Hallock Tri-Valley "On the Go" recently visited the towns of Warren, Argyle, and Hallock. Staﬀ from Tri-Valley and representatives from the University of Minnesota Crookston stopped in each community to share information with residents! It was a great day! For more information on “Tri-Valley on the Go” or to have Tri-Valley staﬀ and T.H.E. Bus visit your community, please call 800-584-7020.
Senior Programs Visits Fosston
The Dentist Visits the Elgin Center On June 26, Community Dental came and visited the Elgin center. The dentist talked to the children about the importance of brushing their teeth, ﬂossing and had them practice with a little friend, The Dinosaur. The kids had so much fun brushing the dinosaur’s teeth. She showed them how much sugar is in a bottle of soda, juice, candy and milk. At the end, Shari gave them some information to take home for their parents and a little bag with toothbrush, toothpaste and ﬂoss.
Senior Programs Attends Fosston’s Crazy Days Foster Grandparent / Caring Companion Specialist, Kristal Abrahamson, took part in Fosston’s Crazy Days on July 27. She was at Nord’s Pharmacy & Gifts to share information about Senior Programs. Fosston residents expressed a need for Foster Grandparents and Caring Companions in their community. (Photo courtesy of Nord’s Pharmacy & Gifts)
Glencoe Center Holds Farm to Summer Event On Thursday, July 18, the Glencoe center held a “Farm to Summer” event. Children walked around to diﬀerent booths and were able to try raspberries, blueberries, green beans, peas, and bell peppers. Farmer Karissa from Dove Farms attended the event and introduced children to mint leaves and kohlrabi and how they grow. Midwest Machinery in Glencoe donated a tractor and children were able to climb in and take pictures with their parents. The children did a planting activity, planting their own take home seeds, so they could water them and watch them grow. Several community partners also attended the event including the Fire Department, Police Department and MidCountry Bank and encouraged healthy eating.
Pruneda Earns Her CDA The Crookston center is excited to announce that Gabriela Pruneda has successfully completed her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA). Gabby is a Tri-Valley parent and has been working at the Crookston center as a classroom assistant relief for the past year. She recently accepted a teacher position in the toddler classroom where she can put her new CDA to good use. We are all extremely proud of Gabby’s hard work and commitment to the program. Congratulations Gabby!
Agassiz Townhomes are Ready to Rent Agassiz Townhomes have units ready to rent! If you or somebody you know is looking to relocate to Crookston, be sure to check them out! Two and three bedroom units available. Call 218-547-3307 for more details or check us out online at www.dwjonesmanagement.com/crookston.
Sundeen and Hedden Earn Certiﬁed Community Action Professional (CCAP) Certiﬁcation Whited Receives 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 22 – 25 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minn. Staﬀ took part in legislative general sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several educational breakout sessions. In conjunction with the annual training conference, 25 Year Honorees were recognized for their dedicated service and commitment to Community Action. Tri-Valley’s Sandy Whited (Danube Head Start Center Manager) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs and Community Action. (A short bio on Sandy from the event): Sandy has worked for Tri-Valley since 1995. She started in the Bird Island Center and worked as Relief Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and Toddler Teacher. Then she worked as Assistant Center Manager and helped with moving the center to Danube. Over the years she has been a Mentor, Teacher, Transportation Lead, and Education Supervisor. This year marked her first year as Center Manager. She has seen so many families grow and learn and has now begun to serve the next generation’s children. (Photo L-R): Francie Mathes (Oﬃce of Economic Opportunity), Sandy Whited, Arnie Anderson (MinnCAP Executive Director).
(Crookston, Minn.)- On Wednesday, July 24, Tracey Sundeen (Assistant Director of Head Start Operations) and Melody Hedden (Head Start Family and Community Services Manager) were recognized as part of the 2019 class of Certiﬁed Community Action Professionals (CCAP). The event took place at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference in Duluth, Minn. Earning CCAP certiﬁcation is a rigorous process. Candidates must complete a candidate data form, develop an executive skills portfolio, and pass a fourhour written exam. Beneﬁts of achieving the CCAP certiﬁcation include earning recognition for accomplishments in the ﬁeld, recognition for the standard of professionalism in Community Action, enhances the credentials of Community Action staﬀ at the agency, and can provide an edge in competing for public and private grant funds. The CCAP certiﬁcation is designed for current and emerging managers or leaders in the community action profession. To achieve certiﬁcation, employment in either a community action agency (CAA), a delegate agency or sub-grantee of a CAA, a CSBG eligible entity, a state or regional association oﬃce, or a state community services program oﬃce is required.
2019 Tri-Valley July Newsletter