Grant: $267,148 - Administration for Children and Families - Jul. 1, 2009
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Award Description: The Quality Improvement Award will be utilized to recruit and retain highly qualified Head Start Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Family Service Advocates by increasing the base salary of staff and positions based on educational attainment. Funds will be used to improve staff qualifications through assistance with postsecondary coursework and trainings. In addition, each Head Start employee will receive a cost of living increase in increments of 1.8% over a 12 month period. Two new positions were created to assist with monitoring of classroom quality and communication with parents and children with English as a Second Language. Five additional days will be added to twenty teacher/teacher assistants work schedule for training and planning activities. Thirty-two thousand dollars will be used to implement a year round program at one Head Start Center. The balance of funds will be used to purchase new playground equipment and one used bus.
Project Description: The following activities have occurred: 1) Memoranda of Agreements have been established with area colleges/universities to pay for coursework for teachers and staff toward a BS or an AA degree; 2) 21 employees are enrolled in postsecondary education programs utilizing the QI funds 3) an education coordinator has been employed to monitor, mentor and train Head Start teachers, 4) a part time parent facilitator has been employed to assist students, families to overcome language barriers; 5) Estimates/bids have been requested to purchase a new and used bus and 6) bids have been obtained for the purchase of new playground equipment for one Head Start center.
Jobs Summary: Education Coodinator- will provide one-on-one support to new Head Start Teachers to ensure the integration of health, dental, nutrition, safety, and mental health into the curriculum on a daily basis and monitor classroom quality. Bilingual Coordinator-will address the needs of English as a second language children and families and assist teachers and staff with other communication barriers. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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