Murray Head Start
2011-2012 Annual Report
Carol Elder, Director
208 South 13th Street, Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 753-6031
A message from the Director . . .
Murray Head Start has completed its 44th year of providing high quality comprehensive services to children and families across the program’s eight-county service area in West Kentucky. Through valued partnerships with eleven school districts, two universities, and a not-for profit child development center, Preschool/Head Start and Early Head Start children were provided services in a successful, blended model during the 2009-2010 program year.
A total of 1,701 children were served in our blended Preschool/Head Start/Early Head Start program. Murray Head Start served approximately 48% of the Head Start eligible children in our service area. Early Head Start served approximately 6% of the eligible birth to three children in our service area.
Head Start children served: 541*
(469 Head Start and 72 WKU)
Early Head Start children served: 145*
The average monthly enrollment was 100% for Head Start, WKU and Early Head Start.
*exceeds maximum enrollment due to withdrawals
The Family Partnership agreement process was completed with 99% of our families this school year, setting family goals and working towards meeting those goals. Ninety-nine
percent of families received some type of family service such as job training, assistance with adult education programs, substance abuse referrals, parenting education and health education services. Crisis intervention services were provided by our Family Service staff to 38% of our enrolled families.
Family self-sufficiency levels from the beginning of the year to the end of the year were measured using a Family Functioning guide. Self sufficiency levels stayed the same for 75% of the families, increased by one level for 17% of families, but unfortunately decreased by one level for 7% of families due to loss of jobs, homelessness and bankruptcy.
Current Economic Conditions
In May 2010, the unemployment rate for the state of Kentucky was 10%, compared to the 9.5% rate in our service area. June 2010 data indicates Kentucky gained 6,200 jobs, mostly in manufacturing, construction and education and health services.
3,066,092 Head Start 766,523
1,489,406 Early Head Start 372,352
366,290 WKU Head Start Delegate 91,573
8,049 Reading is Fundamental 2,683
4,929,837 Sub Totals 1,233,131
Total funding for 2009-2010: $6,162,968
Head Start: $3,066,092
Early Head Start: $1,489,406
WKU Head Start Delegate: $366,290
The most recent financial audit was for the year ending June 30, 2009 and there were no findings. The latest triennial review (monitoring visit) was March 14-19, 2010. During the on-site review, one finding was identified and corrected before the review ended. Accordingly, no corrective action was required, and the Head Start and Early Head Start programs were in full compliance with applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations, and policy requirements.
Our multi-faceted approach to parent involvement includes promoting the parent as the child’s first and most important teacher, as a partner in the classroom, and as a leader and decision maker for the program.
The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), made up of parents and staff, formed four sub-committees to work on issues identified by a steering committee. They met independently to work on their projects which included creating a curriculum brochure, a universal volunteer training packet, a mental health training packet, and internet training options for parents.
Parent training for the year included a variety of topics. Parents attended training sessions, completed training packets, and read newsletter articles in order to gain new information.
Onsite training opportunities included topics such as Social Skills Development, Reducing Stress, Nutrition for Preschoolers, Every day Budgeting, Using Coupons, and Positive Parenting.
Preparing Children for Kindergarten and School Success
All children are assessed using the Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum. Staff observe children in their natural environment and document their progress on develop-mental milestones three or four times per year.
By spring, 62% of infants and toddlers scored in the highest two levels of development in each of the four developmental areas (social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development).
By spring, 71% of all preschoolers scored in the two highest levels of development in each of the eight domains of learning (language, literacy, math, science, creative arts, social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and physical health).
Murray Head Start works with parents as well as children to ensure that successful transitions between programs occur. Parents receive information and training designed to assist them in advocating for their children in school. In addition, children participate in visits to the receiving classroom several times during the spring semester, and when possible, both meet the teacher who they will have in primary school or Head Start.
Assessment of the current health status, as well as screening for any developmental issues, enables individualized planning for each child to ensure success.
Ninety-nine percent of our children received medical services and 100% of our children received dental services.