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September Newsletter


For the first time in a couple of years, I attended the National Head Start Association Fall Leadership Institute in September. It didn’t take long to be reminded why I was a regular attendee until just recently. I like this meeting because the time of year lessens the odds of weather-related travel issues. Also, the number of attendees is in the hundreds, not thousands. This gives more access to speakers and lends to a more relaxed atmosphere in which to connect with other grantees. Laurie Coleman and I had the opportunity to “show the ropes” on Capitol Hill to a couple of first-time attendees from CAPLP in Moorhead. On my way to interviews for the new Minnesota Head Start Association Executive Director, I stopped in at Minnesota Housing for a meeting about the unique challenges rural areas face in trying to develop quality, affordable single-family housing. Two individuals from Three Rivers in Zumbrota were with me. We didn’t make any immediate breakthroughs but we did get a positive response from Minnesota Housing staffers. Stay tuned. Speaking of new Executive Directors, Bill Grant from MinnCAP visited Tri-Valley in September. Bill just started at MinnCAP in August and is on a mission to try to visit all member agencies by the time winter really hits. Bill’s previous position was Assistant Commissioner of the Commerce Department during the Dayton administration. Even though we had a very positive health insurance renewal this year, I remain deeply involved with the statewide group that is trying to slow down the rate of cost increases for all members of the self-insured pools. We had a great 2 days of planning recently. I feel now more than ever that we will create some positive change in how the system works for our members. Whether or not that “moves the needle” enough to keep the pools together remains to be seen. Just know there are a lot of folks who are very smart about health insurance (not me) who are working on the issue.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Elysian End of Summer Celebration * Winnebago Attends Martin County Fair * CLUES and Tri-Valley Collaborate for Services * Upcoming Events * Foster Grandparent In-Service * Tri-Valley is Hiring * Staff Earn Family Service Credential * Crookston Center Attends ECFE Event

* Tri-Valley Policy Council Challenge * Wacky Wednesday at Tri-Valley * Elgin Car Seat Clinic * Danube Parent Meeting * Tri-Valley Staff Earn Their CDA Credential * Winnebago Parent Meeting * Glencoe Center Volunteers with Local Agency * Sleepy Eye Parent Meeting * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Winnebago Center at Martin County Fair The Winnebago center had a booth at the Martin County Fair in August. They spoke with numerous people throughout the week and handed out a lot of information. Pictured from left to right: Enedelia Velasquez, Susana Paz, and Katty Paz.

Elysian End of Summer Celebration The Elysian Area Learning Center held a parent meeting in conjunction with an end of summer celebration. They had perfect weather and a great turnout! The parents enjoyed a light snack during the meeting. After the meeting they joined their children outside for fun activities. While families enjoyed the weather, they were entertained by songs sung by the preschool children. After the songs, parents and children enjoyed sidewalk chalk, playing golf, baseball, blowing bubbles, parachute ball bouncing, tunnels, an obstacle course, and a few other activities.

CLUES and Tri-Valley Collaborate to Provide Services to Latina Women Guadalupe Quintero, a community health worker from Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), which is a service for Latina women 40-64 years old with no health insurance, partnered with Park Nicollet mobile clinic and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council to have their mobile mammography unit, Mammo-ago-go, provide services for the Latina women in our area. Over 20 women received services!

Upcoming Calendar Items: * Oct. 8 - Tri-Valley Board Meeting * Oct. 10 - The Great Apple Crunch * Oct. 10 - The Importance of the 2020 Census * Oct. 15 - Medication and Laundry Pod Safety * Oct. 21 - HS/EHS Policy Council meeting * Oct. 28 - Medication Safety Education

Foster Grandparent In-Service On Friday September 6, the Foster Grandparent Program held its first in-service for the school year. They welcomed new grandparents to the team and Laura Brickson spoke in the afternoon. She gave some valuable resources and tips for in the classroom to the foster grandparents. Sunday, September 8 was National Grandparents Day. Thank you to all grandparents and foster grandparents out there for making a positive impact every day!

Six Staff Earn Their Family Service Credential After nine days of dedication, Selena Fuentes, Michelle Zavala, Johanna Barrientos, Clarissa Martinez, Julie Sarmiento, and Juanita Picazo completed the Family Service Credential training administered by Edna Tudon M (Family Services Specialist). Congratulations ladies, Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs is so proud of you!

Crookston Center Takes Part in ECFE Event

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The Crookston center had a bubble station at the Crookston Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) “The Sounds of Music” on Thursday, September 19. The event was held in Wildwood Park in Crookston. Children were encouraged to explore a variety of music and movement stations set up in the park. The event was made possible by the Celebrate the Young Child Collaborative, Crookston Early Childhood Summit, Otto Bremer Trust, and Thrivent Financial.

Tri-Valley Policy Council Challenge At the last Tri-Valley Policy Council meeting, parents were challenged to spend more quality time with their children while doing something educational, intentional, and healthy. Johnathon Rangel and his wife accepted the challenge and took their five kids to SEA LIFE at the Mall of America in August. They had a lot of fun and learned about the marine life of the shark species and of poisonous sea animals. They got to touch a starfish and a stingray while learning a lot and having fun together. Johnathon is a Policy Pouncil rep from the Elgin Center and the Ad Hoc to the Board.

Wacky Wednesday at Tri-Valley Tri-Valley’s “Wacky Wednesday” theme today was Polka Dot Day. Staff from the Le Center and Crookston Administrative Offices got in the spirit by wearing their finest polka-dotted apparel!

Danube Parent Meeting

Elgin Car Seat Clinic The Elgin center held a car seat clinic on Tuesday, September 10 hosted by Olmsted County Public Health. Public health staff provided information about how to properly install a car seat and provided car seats to families in need. Thank you Olmsted County Public Health!

The Danube center held a parent meeting in September that included resources and education on things the 2019 families voted to learn more about. Danube’s staff shared local community resources available to families. Leah, a Health Specialist, shared information with families about well child checks and immunizations, oral health care, and general first aid. Each family was provided with a mini First Aid kit, First Aid flip chart, some oral care supplies, as well as handouts for parents to use as a resource at home. Samantha and Clarissa, Recruiter Family Advocates, presented a ReadyRosie presentation on screen time for children and held discussion on what families feel is safest for children. The event was well attended and parents were very engaged with the presentations!

Winnebago Parent Meeting

Gutierrez Earns Her CDA The Monticello center is very proud to announce that Fernanda Gutierrez achieved her family goal of the season by obtaining her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in September! Fernanda is a parent and staff member at the Monticello center. Congratulations Fernanda!

On Thursday, September 19, the Winnebago center held their last parent meeting for the 2019 season. Deb Cooper, Child Nutrition Services Specialist, (pictured front left), came to present information on the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Child Nutrition Services Department. In addition, a new translating kit was used to translate the meeting. Maria Vargas, (RFA, pictured left), was translating the meeting while Enedelia Velasquez, (parent, pictured right), took meeting minutes.

Najarro Earns Her CDA The Monticello center keeps on celebrating successes! Now it’s Beatriz Najarro's turn to be congratulated. She received her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) in September. Way to go Beatriz, we are very proud of you! She is a parent and a staff member at the Monticello center.

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Sleepy Eye Parent Meeting

Glencoe Center Volunteers with Glencoe Ag Committee On Tuesday, September 24, Glencoe Head Start, Child and Family Programs staff helped pack 300 buckets and 300 bags with the Glencoe Ag Committee. All the buckets and bags will be delivered to farmers in September to thank them for all their hard work!

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.

On Thursday, September 12, the Sleepy Eye center held their parent meeting. They did a ReadyRosie training entitled “You Can Make a Difference”. Parents interacted with each other, shared ideas and answered questions in a large group. The health staff talked about first aid and answered any questions the parents had.After that, the parents had the opportunity to put a first aid kit together to take home. Center staff and parents also elected a policy council representative and an alternate at the meeting.

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Tri-Valley September Newsletter 2019  

Tri-Valley September Newsletter 2019