Grant: $298,373 - Administration for Children and Families - Jun. 18, 2009
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Award Description: The purpose of this award is to enhance Head Start services for the 10 counties that Northeast Kansas Community Action Program serves. NEK-CAP, Inc., runs Head Start Centers located in Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha and Pottawatomie Counties in Northeast Kansas. Head Start provides Comprehensive Child Development programs serving children from birth to age 5, pregnant women and their families. Services are provided through classroom settings and/or home visits. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. Head Start welcomes parent involvement in Head Start activities, and will work as partners with parents to help their child progress. Head Start staff members offer children love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences which help them become self-confident. the children also improve their listening and speaking skills. Head Start prepares children for school by teaching them to listen, speak clearly, follow directions, solve problems, and use numbers and words. The program teaches children to respect others and how to cooperate and resolve differences. Head Start teaches personal and dental hygience and provides daily nutrition and health screenings and follow-up care by medical and dental professionals. Children with disabilities are welcomed and receive services from specially trained teachers. At least 10 percent of Head Start participants have physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Through personal counsel, resource-sharing, Head Start helps family members with academic, childrearing, and job and housing issues. Parents and grandparents volunteer in the classroom or on field trips and serve on the Policy Council, which guides each local program. Head Start partners with community groups and businesses to link children and families with resources such as medical/dental care, child care, or job training. The dedication of Head Start staff is reinforced by many opportunities to learn and grow in their profession. Up to 5 percent of program budgets go to staff education and training. ARRA Award will be used for ARRA Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and Quality Improvement Funding consistent with the provisions of Section 640(a)(5) of the Head Start Act.
Project Description: Grant funds will be used for the following: Increase of 1.84% for all Head Start employees along with fringe benefits to be able to hire and keep qualified teachers and employees. Bring teachers' salaries up-to-scale to help retain qualified teachers. Award a 1% merit increase for Head Start staff members who have received at least a 2 on the annual performance evaluation. Renovate a large room which will be used as the center's classroom. Install sinks and an additional restroom in the Atchison Head Start classroom. Update equipment and materials in Head Start classrooms. Purchase shelving, tables, chairs and books, literacy materials, and playground improvements. Assistance to complete postsecondary course work for 5 Early Head Start Child and Family Advocates who provide home based services to enrolled infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Receive Infant mental health endorsement for 24 staff members. Hire additional Health Services Assistant. Purchase 2 laptops, math literacy materials, children's books and home kits, and outdoor tables. Improve playground with a trike path for Wamego Center. Quarterly Activities: All staff received a cost adjustment of 1.84% and 1% merit increase on 6/23/09. Renovation of the North Brown Head Start Center is completed. Renovation of the Atchison Center has begun. The purchase of literacy materials, shelving, tables, chairs, and books for all 13 Head Start Centers has been made. 2 Early Head Start Child and Family Advocates are currently enrolled in classes to complete postsecondary course work. A Health Services Assistant has been hired. 2 laptops, math literacy materials, children's books and home kits, and outdoor tables have been purchased.
Jobs Summary: 1 New Job Created: Health Services Assistant Anticipate more jobs will be created with work to be done with Early Head Start that has not yet started. (Total jobs reported: 3)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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