FY 2012 Q4 Report
The FY12 Plan expected at least 3 Play & Learn Groups for 36 families from homeless shelters, teens and refugees. In Q4 with staff from GSC partner agencies Play and Learn Groups continued expanding and were held at the following targeted sites:
a) Summerplace (Arabic and Burmese) - weekly sessions for 9 families and 11 children
b) Teen Parents/Angel House - weekly sessions for 12 families and 10 children
c) Maplewood Homeless Shelter - weekly sessions for 28 families and 33 children
Q4 Totals for Play & Learn Groups = 49 families with 54 children
The number of families and children attending the group at the Homeless Shelter has grown significantly. Due to the increase in numbers and the high needs of the families and children, both Family Outreach Services (Health Dept.) and GPGS (IISD) have added a staff person so there are 2 staff at each group.
Ingham Home Visiting Chart developed in Q3 was updated and revised to
include new programs. The revised chart now includes information
about all 10 active home visitor programs in Ingham County (with
Healthy Start being the latest addition). This revised chart includes
contact information, program goals, eligibility, age range served,
type of staff, caseloads, referral sources, and type and duration of
services provided. The revised chart has been shared with other
personnel of partner agencies, and planning is beginning for how to
share with other organizations. The Home Visiting Programs table was
featured at the September GSC meeting and has been posted on the GSC
website in the "Our Work" tab "Document Library"
section. The Home Visitation section of the Parent Resource Guide is
also being updated to reflect this information in a more
user-friendly and consistent format for additional postings on the
Some of the challenges we faced in this area were related to the unexpected delays for the implementation of the new HV programs. Although NFP and Healthy Start were funded in this Quarter, delays in hiring staff and required training pushed back the dates for accepting families for services. This resulted in less than the projected number of families directly impacted by our work in this Change/Reform area (100 instead of 400). Although we have completed the HV Chart, we are just beginning to share with the program staff at each of the HV programs and community orgs to make a fuller impact in the coming months.
The WK Kellogg Grant completed the first year of funding in June 2012 and began the second of three years funding on July 1, 2012 (as previously expected and reported). One of the GSC partners, the Ingham County Health Department, applied for and received a grant to address infant mortality called Strong Families, Healthy Start and is currently working with the GSC to coordinate these home visiting services with the other HV programs in the County. Although no new money was directly received by the GSC in this 4th Quarter we continue to use already committed in-kind and cash funds. The Ingham ISD in its new role with the GSRP block grant worked hard with the GSRP Consortium around the allocation of GSRP slots, joint recruitment and coordination with Head Start. With the possibility that GSRP funding may again be increased in the next fiscal year it will be crucial in the coming months to continue to work on these GSRP - Head Start recruitment, enrollment, and coordination issues. It is important that we not only increase investment in early childhood, but that we do it effectively in a coordinated fashion to maximize the return on these funding streams to ensure that all families receive the services that they need.
The GSC and GSPC is organizing a visit to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer's offices on May 16, 2012. At the visit the parents will thank the Senator for her past support, the GSC members will share the GSC 2011 Accomplishments, and together we will be asking for her continued support on early childhood issues. Ingham Great Start Collaborative and Family Coalition will be presenting to the Ingham County Bd of Commissioners Women's Commission on April 11, 2012. This is an opportunity to inform the County Commissioners and the Women's Commission about the work of the GSC and GSFC, the importance of early childhood issues, and the important role Great Start plays in our community.
Number of GSC and GSPC members, and amount of time visiting with Sen. Whitmore. Her reactions to our comments and commitments offered, as well as her suggestions on how to further legislative and public will for early childhood. Number of GS participants and reaction of the Women's Commissioners.
Capitol Tots Tour being organized for June 19, 2012. The GSPC Coordinator is arranging for a family-friendly child oriented tour of the Capitol building and visits to legislative sessions and offices for Family Coalition members with their children. The GSC and Parent Coordinators will be recruiting members to attend the Sandbox Party Convention in August 2012. We will try and remove barriers to participation (eg. transportation by helping organize carpools).
Families will have a better understanding of the legislative process and familiarity with our government in work. Number of members participating
ECIC changed the plans for the Sandbox Party Convention, so instead during Q4 the GSC/FC focused on local advocacy events. In July, a candidate forum for the 68th District was co-sponsored by the Black Child and Family Institute (BCFI) and the Ingham Great Start Collaborative with an 8 year old named Janaan Muhammed as the moderator (and a great one too!). Six candidates attended and responded to 6 questions submitted by the children attending the Freedom School program run by BCFI. In August, the Ingham Great Start Family Coalition was asked to sponsor an education-focused forum by the Center for Michigan (CFM); one of a dozen forums held in Ingham County. MC helped arrange child care and food at this CFM Education Forum in order to maximize participation of parents with young children. Several other forums were hosted by partners of Ingham GSC.
The GSC and Family Coalition will be organizing members to attend at least three local candidate's grassroots events like neighborhood coffees and picnics to bring up the importance of early childhood issues. In addition, if the Lansing Area League of Women Voters sponsors local candidate forums the GSC will offer to be co-sponsors and make sure issues of interest to families with young children are addressed.
Number of GSC and Family Coalition participants attending at least three local candidate events.
Q4 during the lead up to the August primaries MC and parents from the
Family Coalition met with local candidates for the Michigan House of
Representatives including: Susan Schmidt, Sam Singh, Susan
McGillicuddy, Andy Schor, Dale Copedge, Griffin Rivers, Ted Odell,
A'Lynne Robinson, and Walt Sorg.
As a follow-up to the 68th District Candidate Forum at BCFI, during the 4th quarter, the GSFC Liaison has contacted the Democratic and Republican primary winners in the 67th, 68th and 69th districts with information on the importance of investing in early childhood and the schedule of when the Ingham Great Start Collaborative and Family Coalition meet.
Actively recruiting new members to GSC and Work groups. Schedule Quarterly Orientation meetings, and others as needed for new members.
The GSC continues to recruit and orient new GSC members, and encourage members to take more active and leadership roles. During Q4 we did not hold a group session to orient new members but instead in Q4 held individual orientations for two crucial new members. Ken met with and oriented the new director of the Power of We Consortium, Isa Solias; and Michelle oriented Robin Grinnell the new staff representative from the Capital Region Community Foundation. In Q4, two GSC members (Fran Jozefowicz-CMH and Marta Kermiet-Head Start) stepped up to assume leadership of the Social-Emotional Health Workgroup. Fran and Marta have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the SE Workgroup to replace the out-going Workgroup Leader Barry Kaufman (retired).
Parents are encouraged to have active roles in all GSC Workgroups, Operations Committee and GSC meetings. Parents are encouraged to have leadership roles including chairing the Parent Leadership & Support Work group and chairing GSC meetings. Parents on the GSC use or have used the programs/services of the GSC member organizations across all five points of the Star.
of discussion at the GSC meetings and input from families at the
Parent Leadership Workgroup, and due to the success of the annual
Parent Panel (to be renamed Family Forum in March 2012), 5-minute
parent stories were shared that highlighted a topic at the
Collaborative meetings in the 4th
Quarter. During the 4th
quarter, Erika DeMeyers, a 2-year member of the Family Coalition,
stepped into a leadership role during the Parent Liaison’s absence
in August , presenting to the GSC and Operations Committee. Because
of GSC member agency, Spartan Child Development Center, a first-time
meeting with the Family Coalition and the MSU student parent group
SPOM (Student Parents on a Mission to graduate) was held in September
with over 40 parents and 20 children attending. The topic was Parent
Café’s and plans for the new academic year. Many relationships
were built, especially across university campuses and cultures.
During the 4th
quarter, the Kinship Care Support Group, run by Francine Watts, was
asked to find a new meeting place. With help from the Family Growth
Center and the Parent Liaison, 5 new members joined the Family
Coalition and the Kinship Care Group has high-quality child care
during their meetings.
Monthly Family Coalition Meetings: 4/17, 5/15, 8/21, 9/18 Weekly follow up calls/contact and emails to members and potential members Forward GSC emails on events, trainings, advocacy, etc. Capitol Tour Event: Tour for Tots with Coalition Members and Potential Coalition Members planned for 6/19/12
During Q4 the GSFC held two meetings. For the August meeting the Family Coalition co-sponsored the education forum with the Center for Michigan. This event attracted over 10 new parents/grandparents to the GSFC meeting. In September the meeting was held in tandem with SPOM at Spartan Child Dev Center and over 40 parents and 20 children attended. The topic was Parent Cafés and plans for the new school year. Also during the 4th quarter, the MC helped connect the Kinship Care Support Group with a new meeting place at the Family Growth Center, and as a result of these efforts 5 new members joined the GSFC.
Parent Coordinator asks agencies to recruit their parents, using GSFC brochures, at all opportunities. Parents and families are recruited at Operations Committee, GSC Meetings, and Head Start Policy Council.
The September GSFC meeting had double the usual attendance because of our GSC member agency Spartan Child Development Center’s suggestion to host a joint SPOM and GSFC meeting in September. The Parent Café topic was the glue that allowed it to happen, which allowed parents and families from across Ingham County and with diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds, in addition to diverse languages and cultures, to discuss important topics/resources for early childhood parenting and beyond. The GSFC Liaison’s connection to the Kinship Care Support group has produced 5 new members in the GSFC and brought in diverse age and experience to the group over the 4th quarter. The GSFC has also connected with the Community Specialist and Parenting Programs director at Capital Area Community Services Head Start, promoting parent involvement and leadership, Parenting Classes, and Policy Council participation within the organization. Several GSFC members are also regular participants in the classes offered by Head Start and report on the impact these have on their understanding of social-emotional needs of their children and how to care for themselves as parents.
Recruitment at Community events, including: Ingham Back-to-School Health Fair in August, Early On Family Picnic in May, ACTION of Greater Lansing (faith community), Head Start Policy Council, and parent workshops Partnering with community organizations, like faith-based coalition ACTION of Greater Lansing, Allen Neighborhood Center Kinship Care, Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project
In August, the Back to School Health Fair was one of the GSFC events that 3 parent members and the GSFC Liaison participated in, promoting the CRRC and the toy lending library by reading and playing with kids while they waited in line with their parents for immunizations and health screenings at the ICHD. The September GSFC meeting had double the usual attendance because of our GSC member agency Spartan Child Development Center’s suggestion to host a joint SPOM and GSFC meeting in September
The Early Care & Education section of the newly revised Ingham GSC Strategic Plan has been shared with the Quality Resource Center. Plans are being developed to implement section III.B. "Improve the quality of early education and care programs; enhance professional development of early childhood educators' skills." Working closely with the GSQR Center and other Collaborative partners we will be promoting quality improvement strategies, (such as adoption of standards and assessments); and continuing the mentoring/coaching system as a followup to professional development trainings.
Quality Initiatives (QI) Workgroup (early care & education) has
been reviewing the implementation of the TQRIS thus far. They are
summarizing the challenges of implementation from a local view and
will share with the GSC & RC Advisory Council then submit to the
Office of Great Start, ECIC & Early Learning Advisory
The QI in conjunction with MSU Child Development Lab has looked at ways to continue support to child care programs since funding for coaching has ended. MSU sent their Assistant Director to a Taking Charge of Change, train the trainer workshop. As follow up to the training she needs to use one of the modules to do a local training. The RC will help promote the training to directors to assist in mobilizing staff to improve the quality in their centers.
GSC decision making always includes parent voices. Some examples include: - during the next six months the GSC will be focusing on coordinating the home visiting programs in our area and parents will be included in the strategy and decision making discussions to help develop a more systematic and coordinated approach - the GSRP programs in the Ingham GSRP Consortium will be working on improving joint recruitment and referral strategies and parents input will help improve these systems. - Parents will be hired as Community Organizers for the Lansing Equity Project to help reach underserved populations and families of color.
Based on parent suggestions the GSC worked with ACTION Lansing over the summer to see that 1,000 GSRP – Head Start Joint Recruitment brochures were distributed through Vacation Bible Schools and community events. These efforts combined with other outreach activities yielded the desired outcome, virtually all of the GSRP programs and Head Start Centers in the Ingham County were full by the start of the school year.
Working closely with the WK Kellogg funded i2i Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project 4 GSC partner agencies agreed to survey their home-visited families using the same parent survey used by Head Start as part of their Community Needs Assessment. In Q4, 79 surveys were collected from CMH, Early On, GPGS, and Family Outreach Services about the needs that low-income parents see in the community. This data will be analyzed by our MSU partners with subset analysis to see if there are themes in responses by race, ethnicity, age and geographical location of families. This data will be compared with data collected from organizations at a Community Forum, and the Head Start surveys to see where there are similarities and differences. This information will be used to review priorities in the GSC Strategic Plan in the Fall and focus area for the WK Kellogg funded i2i Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project.
Currently have 111 parents on the GSFC email list, and 294 people who "Like" our Ingham Great Start Facebook Page. We are at 15 core members with plans to increase the core to 18 and the network to 425 by distributing the newly revised GSFC Recruitment Brochure, Star Power outreach (Early On/GPGS and Play & Learn Groups), 4/4/12 Early Childhood class presentation @ LCC, recruitment at the Back to School Health Fair in August, and April-September Parent Cafes in Lansing area. In addition, we provide new materials posted on the Facebook page 3 or 4 times a week to draw parents, and the GSC website sends blast emails to all members at least weekly whenever a new post is made at the website (of a community event or activity). Parents who are the GSFC core members, "Like" our Facebook Page, or are on the email list, are all considered part of our parent network.
Facebook during Q4 there were 33 new people who added that they LIKED
the Ingham Great Start page; it is now up to 382 people who LIKE the
Ingham GS page. According to Facebook Insights during Q4 there were
19,214 Unique Viewers who saw Posts on our GS Page. The GS Family
Coalition has 143 parents on the email list who receive postings
weekly and updates from the GSC website. The number of parents
connected to the GSFC network through Facebook and email lists has
now reached 525.
According to Google Analytics for InghamGreatStart.org during Q4 there were website visits by 2,191 unique visitors making 5,684 page views. The most popular pages receiving clicks at the Ingham Great Start website during Q4 were the postings for the Fall Play & Learn Group Schedule (270), job openings for Head Start & Action (499 combined), and the Back to School Health Fair (208). Each time a new posting is made at the Ingham GSC website a blast email goes out to over 400 GSC and FC member email addresses about the updates. During Q4 a total of 24 of these blast emails went out announcing GSC partner events and important early childhood information.
At the Back to School Health Fair in August the 3 parents from the Family Coalition and the GSFC Liaison engaged over two dozen parents and families with young children, 6 of them wanted to be added to the GSFC email list. As reported in previous sections, the Parent Café topics have been an excellent way for families to connect with each other, as peers, and go deeper than just sharing resources with each other. Two core members Sarah Riggs and Francine Watts, have agreed to share the Parent Café discussion method with their respective Head Start and Kinship Care support groups.
The Ingham Strategic Plan Action Agenda part III - Early Care & Education, Section B - Promote quality improvement strategies, (such as adoption of standards and assessments). The RRC Quality Improvement Specialist will be invited to attend either the 8/21 or 9/18 GS Family Coalition meeting to discuss with parents how the quality rating system works and the importance of the ratings for parents.
At each GSFC meeting during the 4th Quarter, the RRC representative shared information regarding high quality child-care and preschool and how to connect with these. Unusual opportunities for the August and September GSFC meetings, along with TQRIS difficulties meant that we have rescheduled the Quality Improvement Specialist for November 2012, next quarter.
This August the GSC and FC will be participating along with the GSQRC in the Back to School Health Fair for the community. Last year hundreds of families with young children participated in the community event sponsored by the Ingham County Health Dept, GSC, and other partner agencies. Last year we shared table space and materials and helped inform parents about Great Start Connect. We plan on again providing information with the GSQRC to parents on Connect and other information about quality early learning and development programs.
In August, the Back to School Health Fair was one of the GSFC events that 3 members and the GSFC Liaison participated in, promoting the CRRC and the toy lending library by reading and playing with kids while they waited in line with their parents for immunizations and health screenings at the ICHD. We shared a table with the RRC, where information regarding high quality child-care and preschool, and Great Start Connect.
The GSC achieved many successes in the overall Goal 3 area during this 4th quarter. Here are some of those key areas of progress:
The Maplewood Homeless Shelter Play & Learn Groups have been so
successful in increasing the numbers of parents participating that
the partner agencies GPGS and Family Outreach Services stepped up to
increase the number of staff to serve these high-needs families.
- Although the CRCF funding ended that supported the Interpreters translating in the Play & Learn Groups at Summer Place targeting refugee families, the Lansing School District has agreed to provide Cultural Brokers to serve as interpreters as in-kind services.
- During this Quarter we have been very successful in providing referrals for low-income parents participating in Play & Learn Groups to enroll in Head Start for the Fall
- The GSC efforts to revise, print, distribute, and coordinate joint GSRP – Head Start recruitment brochures helped ensure full enrollment in both the GSRP and Head Start programs
-GSRP families served through the home-visit option through the summer graduated and were connected to the local district Kindergarten programs in the Fall.
One challenge that still looms large is GSRP - Head Start recruitment and enrollment coordination. There are still issues related to parental choice, transportation, full day options, waiting lists, and “churning” (parents leaving to go back and forth between the programs) that all need to be addressed to ensure that the early childhood system in our community more effectively serves all the families in need.
Survey ID: PDEF61 (Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition Progress Report)
Transaction ID: PTXN2985
This survey profile was first created on: 10/08/2012, last edited on: and last edited by: #0.