St. Croix Tribal Head Start
2014-2015 Annual Report
Funding and Expenditures
Head Start Services
Head Start provides developmental and health screeners for children during enrollment. We also support families to find a medical home if they do not already have one. A medical and dental home is defined as an ongoing source of continuous and accessible medical/dental care. The following figures represent the percentage of children who, by the end of the program year, had health insurance, medical and dental exams and a medical and dental home.
A Snapshot of our Program
St. Croix Tribal Head Start provided services to 39 children in the 2014-2015 school year. The total number of families served was 37. We maintained an average monthly enrollment of 99%. 36% of children met the Federal Poverty Guidelines, 28% were considered categorically eligible and 36% were over income.
According to our needs assessment we are currently serving approximately 90% of the eligible three and four year old children in our service area.
Monitoring and Accountability
After passing our Designation Renewal System (DRS) review in December 2014 our 5-year project period began September 1, 2014. The first year of our 5-year project period was Fiscal Year 2014 which concluded on August 31, 2015. We did not undergo and Federal Reviews during FY2014 but have three scheduled to be completed in the current year, FY2015.
The Annual Single Audit found no areas of non-compliance in regards to financial statements of Head Start that are required to be reported in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.
One of the primary goals of Head Start is to prepare children for successful transition into kindergarten. This is accomplished by:
- Completing ASQ-3 developmental screeners with each child’s family at the beginning of the year
- Completing ASQ-SE, social emotional, screeners with each child at the beginning of the year
- Individualizing the educational program to meet each child’s needs
- Using Galileo (Assessment Technologies, Inc.) to monitor children’s growth and development so that teachers may plan developmentally appropriate activities that will facilitate and support children’s continued progress toward developmental goals.
- Measuring each child’s progress toward Kindergarten readiness through outcomes reports generated 3 times a year: Fall, Winter and Spring. This is completed by looking at Galileo assessment information and our School Readiness Policy which was created in conjunction with the Head Start Early Learning Framework and the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
Transition to Kindergarten
- Assisting children who are transitioning to kindergarten by scheduling a field trip to their school where they can meet the teachers and view the classrooms
- Teachers talk with families at conferences about how home and school can work together to support each child’s school readiness
- Family service staff provide families with information for getting enrolled at the school, kindergarten round-up and transition of children’s records to their local education agency
Head Start supports parents as the first and most important teacher of their child. There are several ways we promote parent engagement in Head Start. A few of the events we held were monthly Powwows, family nights, fatherhood events, Thanksgiving & Christmas feasts, trick-or-treating, and an end of the year field trip. Parents are always encouraged to join their child for all or part of a day to explore the classroom and offer support and guidance to the program.
Parents are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and volunteer in their child’s classroom. A minimum of four times a year, with two conferences and two home visits, parents and teachers discuss the individual goals of each child. Parents provide information that helps teachers complete child assessments.
Parents help with program planning through their responses to surveys which gauge the needs of our children and families, program satisfaction, parent preferences, and use of resources. Feedback from these surveys allows Head Start to plan for educational programs, staff and parent trainings, program development and to tailor resources.
The Head Start Policy Council, the programs major decision making body, shares governance responsibilities with the St. Croix Tribal Council regarding decisions about program goals and plans, budget allocations, and personnel functions. They represent parents’ decisions on program design and implementation.