Indiana Head Start Association News
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NIEER (National Institute for Early Education Research) has issues the "State(s) of Head Start" to describe and analyze in detail Head Start enrollment, funding, quality, and duration, state-by-state. The report focuses on the 2014-2015 program year but also provides longitudinal data beginning with the 2006-2007 program year.

The summary report for Indiana is linked to this.  Go to http://nieer.org/headstart to see the full report and view information for all 50 states.

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Senator Joe Donnelly stopped by to visit, read, and play with Head Start children at CAPE in Evansville.  Thank you to Senator Donnelly for supporting Head Start programs in Indiana and across the nation!   And thank you to CAPE Head Start for showing off the great work that is being accomplished in our programs each day!

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Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association wrote a wonderful article for the Huffington Post!

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Congressman Trey Hollingsworth stopped for a visit to Head Start classrooms in Bedford (Hoosier Uplands).  Thanks to the staff and children who m...

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Congressman Trey Hollingsworth stopped for a visit to Head Start classrooms in Bedford (Hoosier Uplands).  Thanks to the staff and children who m...

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NHSA’s Garden Grant aims to support early healthy eating habits in children by giving them the opportunity to experience growing their own food. Through this process we expect to inspire children to engage hands on with their environment and help create healthy eating habits early. We provide three different types of garden grants to Head Start programs who are members of NHSA.  Please follow the link for more information.

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A huge thanks to the Indiana Institute for Working Families for featuring Cheryl Miller's blog on Head Start!  This is part of their ongoing seri...

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The IHSA is saddened to share the news of the death of Sandy Johnson, former Head Start Director for OVO Head Start in Madison.   Sandy was ...

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The Indiana Institute for Working Families is making early childhood education a strong focus for the upcoming year.  This blog features the stance that Head Start need to be a large piece of the responsible expansion of pre-K opportunities to Indiana children.

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A new review of Head Start by researchers at Georgetown University finds that, done well, the federal preschool program can have positive academic effects that last nearly a decade. 

 

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An interesting article from The Atlantic

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This year, NHSA and NAACP "have announced an historic joint initiative aimed at empowering the country's most vulnerable families by facilitating voter registration..." (NAACP press release, January 19, 2016).  We are proud to say that Cornell Brooks, NAACP President, is a Head Start alumnus!

A core directive of the recent NHSA/NAACP MOU is to organize voter registration drives at Head Start centers, providing parents with crucial tools and information about the voting process, and to share helpful resources about how to register and how to  vote.

Please note that the deadline this year for voter registration is October 11, 2016.  The election is November 8.

We encourage you to make contact with the local NAACP, if there is one in your area.

We will continue to share information as we receive it.

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The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released "High Quality Early Learning Settings Depend On a High-Quality Workforce:  Low Compensation Undermines Quality".  The report describes the low earnings of early care and education workforce.

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Here is an interesting look at the need for investment into high-quality child care from our friends at the Indiana Institute for Working Families!

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There's a diaper disparity in this country. Nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers, and low-income families can pay up to two times the price on diapers by not buying in bulk. In some cases, parents delay diaper changes to make their limited resources last. This can lead to serious health problems for babies and parents. The Diaper Divide addresses the stress and challenges that surround this health issue.

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This year's Fact Sheets report numbers for enrollment, access, budget, and services offered during the 2014-2015 school year. Did you know that only 41% of eligible three- and four-year-olds had access to Head Start, and only 4% of children under age three had access to Early Head Start in 2014-2015?

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During the 2014-2015 program year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. CLASS-reliable reviewers visited a random sample of preschool classrooms to obtain grantee-level scores. This document provides descriptive statistics of the 2015 grantee-level CLASS® data.

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We do as much as we can to protect our children from stressful situations, but as much as we try, there are daily stresses that children will encounter. As a parent or caregiver, developing a positive, healthy relationship with your child can help your little one bounce back from and cope with difficult circumstances, which is also known as resilience!

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Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.

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This is an incredible story about a young Indiana Head Start alum, Aailyah Keys, and her heroic actions that assisted in saving her mother's life.  Aailyah is a former Head Start child from Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana and attended their Montgomery County Center.  Her mom, Kristi, works as an EHS Teacher for the program.  Great work, Aailyah!!!

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In Washington, DC there's no shortage of tinkerers who write about what they think Head Start was, is, and should be without ever interacting with an actual Head Start program. That's why NHSA is so excited to share a paper released today that was created through real partnership with NHSA and leaders from across the Head Start field. "Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families" was written by Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel of Bellwether Education Partners and was crafted in partnership with Results for America, the Volcker Alliance, and the National Head Start Association with valuable input from both program and policy perspectives. The paper can be summed up in a series of messages we couldn't agree with more:

  • Head Start is a worthwhile investment that improves the lives of children and families.
  • Head Start's impact on children and families can be strengthened through better use of data and evidence.
  • Every Head Start program should have access to a good data system that provides timely, usable information to improve results.
  • The Office of Head Start should use data to learn from and expand successful programs, and to help struggling programs to improve.
  • Researchers, philanthropists, and policymakers should work together to build the evidence base about what works in Head Start.
  • Congress and the Administration should take concrete steps to help ensure all Head Start programs have and use data to improve results.
As we approach a reauthorization in the coming years, we hope "Moneyball for Head Start" is an opportunity to discuss, reflect, and imagine what Head Start's future can be with our best advocacy.

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ACF has released  Early Childhood Homelessness in the United States: 50-State Profile.  It provides a "snapshot" of early childhood data available for children who are experiencing homelessness in each state and is a tool for communities in planning to meet the needs of vulnerable children.   Click the heading to go to the Profile.

Early childhood education is a critical component for healthy developing children. Yet, despite what we know about the importance of high quality early childhood opportunities, many children in the United States lack access to quality programs, especially children from low income families and vulnerable young children experiencing homelessness.

Key national findings:

*         5,975,717 children under 6 years old lived below the Federal Poverty Level in 2013. That means that more than one in four children under 6 years old lived below the Federal Poverty Level.

*         Approximately 4.7 percent of children served in Head Start and Early Head Start were children who were experiencing homelessness (2013).

*         The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) served 177,543 children under age 6 in emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing (2013).

The well-being of our youngest children is essential, not only for the development of the child and the stability of the family, but for the ongoing success of our nation. Please share this with your stakeholders, your State Advisory Council on Early Care and Education, your HUD funded Continuum of Care and others.

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Professor James Heckman and his co-authors discuss in their recent working paper that Head Start Works!

Head Start Works. The Head Start Impact Study has created the misperception that Head Start has no effect. Opponents use the study to argue that government can’t replicate effective early learning programs. Heckman and his research team debunk this myth by analyzing two new studies that clean up the pollution in this randomized controlled trial, as well as analyze other studies that offer data on long-term outcomes. They find that Head Start has significant beneficial short-term effects, strong long-term effects and deserves government investment.

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This is Michael Smith and his parents, Mr. and Mr. Chuck Smith, who attended the Head Start program in Rochester in Fulton County, Area Five Head start.  Chuck was the Chair of the Head Start Policy council for 2 years and has always said that it was Head Start that helped Michael get a strong beginning for his education.  He just graduated Valedictorian at Caston High School.

 

Woohoo, Michael!  We’re proud of you!!!!!!!

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Written by Jessica Fraser, Program Manager for the Indiana Institute for Working Families.

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Head Start's 50th Anniversary

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This is a picture of one of Area Five’s great-grandparents, Dickie Harrell,  who, together with his wife (great-grandmother), are raising their great-grandchildren.  He just finished serving a 3-year term on Policy Council and is now on the Board of Directors.  He stopped by to show his great-granddaughter’s award from school, O.J. Neighbors Elementary in Wabash.  He credits her educational success to having been a part of Head Start.

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Children in OVO Head Start learn about HIV Needle Safety in a County Where There Has Been an Outbreak of HIV

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Portland Indiana Community & Family Services Head Start classrooms 1 & 2 celebrate 50 years in a unique way!!!

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·       85% of all Indiana HS/EHS grantees are involved with PTQ (Paths To Quality). ·   &...

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Cindy Hatten is sharing an article about Area Five's 25th year as a Head Start Grantee as well as the nation's 50th anniversary  of Head Start.

Thank you, Cindy!

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This news article appeared in the local paper.
Joe Donnelly pg 1.pdf
Joe Donnelly pg 2.pdf

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Jessica is a past Head Start Child!
She attended Head Start in Kentucky.  IHSA congratulates her for this recognition. Fraser PressRelease.pdf

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Indiana Parents Visit DC.pdf
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Dear Head Start leaders,

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Celebrating 50yrs of Head Start!

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The Indiana Head Start Association has developed the following position statement that focuses on the important role that Head Start and Early Head Start must play in the early childhood education system in Indiana.IHSA Position Statement - 2014.doc

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Dear State and Regional Head Start Leaders:


Earlier this week we had a very successful webinar in which I presented the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Head Start.

Attached is a copy of the PowerPoint slides from the webinar.


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The New America Foundation and Results for America/Brookings each came out with reports that included recommendations on Head Start.  Here is a link to the NAF one and to the RFA/Brookings one.

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Please take a few minutes to respond to this request from NHSA.

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The National Head Start Association Scholarships and Awards program is open to individual, program and affiliate members of NHSA in good standing.  To get more information or to apply, go to the NHSA website, www.nhsa.org, click on “Membership” and then “Scholarships and Awards.”

Please note that the deadline for application is May 31, 2014.

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A Visit from Rep. Larry Buschon

Indiana Head Start Association is pleased to learn that Rep. Larry Buschon (District 8) spent some time visiting a Head Start center at Pace Community Action Agency.  He is shown here with Dr. Bertha Proctor, Executive Director. We are sure he was impressed with what he saw!

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We are pleased to announce that Head Start/Early Head Start programs will be recouping all the funding that was lost last year due to sequestration.  Head Start is the only non-defense program that received this type of increase.  Programs will also receive a 1.3% Cost of Living increase.   There will also be $500 million available for Early Head Start/Child Care partnerships.  Lastly, $25 million will fund the DRS for this year.

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Narrated by Jack Shonkoff at the Developing Child Center at Harvard.

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How Sequestration Is Scaling Back Early Childhood Education Programs.

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This fall more than 57, 000 low income children will be denied a place in the Head Start program because of federal budget cuts. The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel and Ellen Cervantes of The Child Care Resource Center in Los Angeles join NewsNation to discuss the impact the cuts could have on the children.

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INDIANA HAS LOST 718 SLOTS. 


That is 718 children and families in our state that will not receive HS or EHS services this year.  This is sad news for all of us.

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Cutting enrollment is the way most of Indiana's Head Start programs are dealing with the nearly 5.3 percent in cuts to funding resulting from the federal sequester.  

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Watch Dr. Shonkoff and other child experts in the Too Small to Fail video here.

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Please share your Head Start or Early Head Start story with the administration.  You may do so by going to this site:

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Federal aid cuts are forcing some of the publicly funded preschool centers to scale back on student slots and reduce staffing.

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Many of you attended the OHS conference last week and heard these comments.  For those of you who did not, or would like a print copy of them, here are the comments from Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (HHS) and Arne Duncan (DOE.)

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Community Action of Northeast Indiana Head Start in the news!

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It is because of the dedicated involvement of parents, staff, and other concerned individuals that Head Start is the high-quality program it is today.

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Last week at our conference, there were lots of tears and happy applause (and even standing ovations) as we listened to Head Start alumni of all ages tell how Head Start stabilized their and their families' lives torn by poverty and other difficult circumstances.

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President Obama has been a steadfast supporter of Head Start and Early Head Start. However, pressure to resolve our nation’s economic problems is growing, and the President and members of his administration will be forced to make difficult decisions about how to spend federal dollars.

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A letter from Yasmina Vinci

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Letter from Yasmina Vinci

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The Centers are an important part of the redesigned Head Start Training and Technical (T/TA) System.

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Blog written by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.

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New site for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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A video demonstrating why sequestration would be harmful to children, families and jobs.

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An interesting video that discussing a key issue: funding.

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This is now live on the OPRE website. A direct link to the report is here.

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Benefits of Preschool and Head Start programs.

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President Obama and Congressional leaders from both parties sounded optimistic last week when they began negotiating how to avoid a plunge off the fiscal cliff

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The advantages of sending your children to Head Start.

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Take a few minutes to sign up here and avoid the sequestration!

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What does the President have in mind for Head Start?

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If automatic federal cuts kick in.  Indiana stands to lose about 1,000 of its Head Start slots...

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Due to sequestration, Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country will soon be faced with a 5% cut in their budgets.

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If you are wondering about the impact of sequestration and what a cut of 5% can do to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs around the country, here is an example of what is already taking place:

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Update on how the sequestration is effecting Head Start programs.

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Read the latest updates about Head Start programs dropping students.

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Earlier this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke on the “return on investment” of early childhood education as part of the Children’s Defense Fund’s national conference. You can read and view the speech here.

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An informative blog about the Romney-Ryan Administration.

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From a report by Sen. Tom Harkin, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies.

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