Grant: $541,345 - Administration for Children and Families - Jun. 9, 2009
0% voted satisfied - 100% voted not satisfied - 3 vote(s) cast
Award Description: The purpose of this funding action was to provide Head Start and Early Head Start staff with a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of at least 1.84% and to fund additional hours of contractual positions for mental health services. In addition, Quality Improvement funds were awarded to increase the compensation and benefits of the education and family services staff to ensure that compensation is adequate to attract and retain qualified staff and to enhance program quality by improving support staff training, child counseling and other services necessary to address the challenges of children and families in crisis or with limited English proficiency. Quality Improvement funds were also awarded to hire 6 addtional staff members as follows: One (1) EHS Specialist, Four (4) Mental Health/Disability Specialists, and One (1) Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility, and Attendance (ERSEA) position.
Project Description: Child Start, Inc. implemented COLA wage and fringe benefit increases for all Head Start and Early Head Start staff effective 7/1/2009. Contractual staff began services effective September 1, 2009. Quality Impovment funds were used for improving the compensation and benefits of education and family service staff, to provide increased training and support for staff, and to increase child counseling and other services. Increases in compensation and benefits were implemented 7/1/2009. To date, 4 of the projected 6 staff positions have been filled.
Jobs Summary: ** The EHS Specialist position was created and filled this quarter. This person is responsible for mentoring and monitoring family and center-based child care providers, as well as, providing edcuation to those providers to improve the quality of child care int the area. ** Two Mental Health/Disability Specialists were hired while 2 additional positions are pending. These staff will assist classroom staff in addressing the challenging needs of children and families who are experiencing homelessness, foster care, limited English, violence, substance abuse or any crisis situation that may arise. They will also provide supposrt to classroom staff in order to improve the quality of service to children with suspected or identified disabilities. ** The ERSEA position has been hired to provide clerical support to familty service staff resonsible for the enrollment, recruitment, selection, eligibility, and attendence portion of the Head Start program, including taking enrollment calls, assisting with recruitment efforts and completing data entry. (Total jobs reported: 4)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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