Q2 FY2013 Ingham GSC/FC Progress Report
Implementation of Ingham Strategic Plan and Action Agenda
Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda IV - Parenting Leadership C.1. Increase number of at-risk families receiving support through home visitor programs and play and learn groups.
Coordinated referral process for all early childhood home visitor programs in Ingham County: Early Head Start; Family Outreach Services; Public Health Nursing; Nurse Family Partnership; Parent-Infant Program; Parent-Young Child; Early On; Healthy Start; and Great Parents, Great Start; by developing a chart of program requirements and sharing with referral sources.� Solidify a "No Wrong Door" system by standardizing intake questions in home visitor programs and routing families to appropriate services.
Q2 the Ingham GSC has continued promoting the process of coordination
of Home Visiting Programs. The Ingham GSC Coordinators are active
participants in the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup and the
Infant Mortality Coalition which are the two advisory groups for the
HV programs in the County. To further our work towards a better
coordinated HV system the Ingham GSC has continued working with the
County HV programs to develop two new grant proposals, one to develop
a Home Visiting Hub, and another for Home Visitor Quality Improvement
Consortium (QIC). The Ingham GSC leadership has been facilitating
the discussions about improved coordination of outreach and
enrollment in HV programs as part of the HV Hub proposal discussions.
The GSC Coordinators have taken the lead in developing the HV Quality
Improvement proposal working closely with GSC partner agencies. The
QIC proposals were submitted on 12/22/12, and the HV Hub proposal was
submitted on 1/11/13. Both have received approvals of the grant
proposals conditionally; each has been a challenge to meet the
State's new (previously unannounced) grant award requirements.
the case of the HV Hub proposal, the general Workplan was accepted in
principle, but the designation of the HV Hub as the Ingham GSC was
deemed unacceptable by MDCH. Through long and difficult negotiations
it became clear that the only acceptable agency to MDCH to serve as
the HV Hub in our community was the Ingham Health Plan (which also
serves as the Michigan Pathways to Better Health Hub). This despite
our community's strongly expressed belief that we would be best
served having the joint GSRP - Head Start coordination efforts and
the HV Hub efforts under one roof with the GSC as the Hub and the
Ingham ISD as the fiduciary. Since we reached an impasse on our
preferred model vs their acceptable funding proposals, the Ingham ISD
agreed to withdraw as the fiduciary and the GSC agreed to withdraw as
the lead agency in the MDCH HV Hub funding proposal.
After long negotiations among community partners, the MDCH, and the local health department, the Ingham Co Health Dept agreed to become the fiduciary agency and the Ingham Health Plan the Hub for the proposed HV Hub in Ingham County. Final revisions in the Workplan and the Budget are being being worked on to enable the $90k of funding to be released for the Ingham HV Hub project.
GSC submitted a QIC proposal for the four HV programs using the
Parents as Teachers (PAT) model in Ingham County. We received
notification that the $10k grant was approved by MDCH, and the ICHD
also received a QIC grant notification for their MIHP programs.
each applicant for these grants submitted their own plans for quality
improvement in their individual grant applications, after the awards
were announced MDCH announced that all of the grant awards must focus
on the same one quality improvement goal. In Q2 the QIC grantees
statewide met with MDCH and MPHI and all grantees agreed to each work
on this one goal: By May 14th the grantees will increase the number
of families receiving the required number of home visits by 5% over
current numbers. For MIHP and PAT HV programs the number of
required home visits is family driven. Only Early Head Start has a
requirement of weekly home visits. Staff will use new written
materials to emphasize the home visit requirements upfront to
families, which will increase the number of successful home visits,
thereby reducing the number of no-shows and make-up visits.
Contracts will be between each family and home visitor, so all
involved will know what to expect. Staff is working out the
implementation and data collection details. The $5k up-front money
has not yet been received. To
comply with this grant, data must be collected monthly. The $10k
will pay for staff time, record keeping and tracking. The QIC
grantees will be asked to meet again with the State in May.
Thank-you for the reported progress! In the next report, could you address how you are measuring and tracking the 500 children impacted? Please define how the children/families will be impacted and where you are to this number.
Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda IV - Parenting Leadership C.1. Increase number of at-risk families receiving support through home visitor programs and play and learn groups. Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda V - Family Support� A.1. In partnership with coalitions and domestic violence and homeless shelters discuss needs and opportunities. Develop strategies for joint activities. such as on-site Play & Learn Groups.
GSC members and community partner agencies will support and coordinate Play & Learn Groups available for the community including targeted groups for high-risk families such as: homeless families shelter residents; Native American families; migrant workers; non-English speaking families; teen parents; and families with children at-risk of developmental delays.�
The FY13 Workplan expected GSC partner
agencies to support Play & Learn Groups to serve targeted high
risk groups, during this Quarter P&L Groups were held at the
following targeted sites:
a) Summerplace (Arabic and Burmese) - weekly sessions for 29 families and 35 children
b) Teen Parents/Angel House - weekly sessions for 11 families and 9 children
c) Maplewood Homeless Shelter - weekly sessions for 26 families and 40 children
d) Other Play & Learn Groups in the community (EHS, EO, GPGS) - weekly sessions for 146 families and 181 children
Q2 Totals for Play & Learn Groups = 212 families with 265 children
YTD Totals for Play & Learn Groups = 422 families with 516 children
Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda VI - Infrastructure A.2. Increase diversity of GSC and Parent Coalition, recruit parents served by partner agencies and parents from undeserved, minority populations and high-risk targeted areas. Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda VI - Infrastructure E.3. Coordinate GSC efforts with the BTW� Lansing Equity Project to increase community engagement, identify gaps in services,� initiative innovative solutions, and report progress to the community and WK Kellogg Foundation.
Increased parent and community participation and input to help revise the Action Agenda and co-develop Great Start activities; with special emphasis on engaging high-risk, under-served, and minority families with young children, working with the i2i Community Organizers.�
the Q2, the GS Parent Coordinator and 5 other Community Organizers
finished the Organizing for Social Change training and achieved small
wins, including building a coalition to maintain financial support
for hi-quality, subsidized, respite care (drop-in childcare) in the
Lansing area. The Family Growth Center (FGC) serves dozens of
families per day and allows our GSC to meet onsite with childcare
On March 27, the GS Parent Coordinator hosted the Migrant Resource Council at the Family Growth Center, and also helped coordinate the Migrant Council Resource Guide with 211 and the CACS Resource Guide. In this Quarter the Parent Coordinator also connected members of the MRC to FGC and introduced the work that NEON and the GSFC are doing to organize support for respite care in the Lansing area.
On March 20 The Ingham GSC/FC along
with the Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project (LECEP) sponsored
LEDA to provide a Talking to Children About Race Workshop. In
attendance were 49 participants, including 13 parents, almost all
of the participants served families of color with young children, and
about one third of the participants were from minority populations.
The workshop was a coordinated effort with the LECEP and designed to
get participant feedback on future equity workshops and gaps in current
training and support services. As a result of the workshop an equity
learning community is being formed to continue addressing these
issues in the early childhood community. The input from this group
of parents, early childhood professionals, and equity specialists
will provide the GSC input to help revise the Action Agenda and
co-develop Great Start activities; with special emphasis on engaging
and improving services for high-risk, under-served, and minority
families with young children.
Review Comments: Curious as to how you are going to define impact. As in priority one, please report in next quarter. Thank-you for this update.
to Reviewers Comments:
Impact for the purposes of this Report will include the number of families attending the training or reached by the Talking to Kids About Race workshop, as well as by other events or activities planned by the Equity Learning Community, or with the Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project.
According to the data collected at the TTKAR 3/20/13 workshop, LEDA reports that participants estimated that 3,799 young children will be impacted within childcare centers/classrooms and 1,698 will be impacted through personal networks (family, friends) totaling 5,497 children impacted.
In Q2 the GSC has received
positive responses to several of the collaborative grant applications
submitted in Q1 to increase and improve early childhood services and
systems. The GSC worked hard on the grant application to MDCH for
developing a new HV Hub Proposal, and after long and difficult
negotiations (outlined in the previous section under Priority #1) has
been granted an award of up to $90k.
In addition, the GSC has taken the lead in developing a HV Quality Improvement grant application on behalf of the 4 HV programs using the Parents as Teachers Curriculum (Early On, Family Outreach Services, Early Head Start, and Great Parents Great Start). This grant application was submitted to MDCH on 12/22/12 requesting $10k, as well as one for $10k from the ICHD MIHP program and both were approved (also after some changes outlined in the previous section under Priority #1).
The HS-GSRP coordination efforts for our community will also get a boost in Q3 with the approval of the $10,000 grant from the Office of Head Start Collaboration within the Office of Great Start (OGS).
On-going the GSC is actively recruiting new members to GSC and Workgroups. The GSC schedules Quarterly Orientation meetings, and others as needed for new members. The GSC has 9 active Workgroups: Early Childhood Literacy Coalition; Infant Mortality Initiative & Capital Area Safe Sleep Coalition; Social Emotional Health Workgroup; Kindergarten Transition Workgroup; Operations Committee; Great Start Family Coalition; Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup; Public Awareness Workgroup; and Quality Initiatives Workgroup.� Each workgroup is chaired by a GSC (parent or agency) member. �
Each of the 3 GSC monthly meetings in
this Quarter was chaired by a GSC member. During the Quarter there
were over 19 GSC workgroup meetings, all chaired by GSC members and
attended by GSC and GSFC members. New leadership has emerged for the
Social Emotional Health Workgroup, now co-chaired by Fran Jozefowicz
from CMH and Marta Kermiet from Head Start. Lisa Chambers worked
with the GSC to enable the ICHD to become the new fiduciary agency
for the HV Hub grant.
In Q2 Michelle has worked with Lisa Chambers from Family Outreach Services and Wendy Moncada from Great Parents Great Start to develop implementation plans for the QIC grant and work out the details of the newly approved IAL grant to focus on early literacy for families in Lansing School District using the Imagination Library.
The Great Start Family Coalition working with the Coordinator has developed plans for monthly meetings in FY13 on: 10/16/12, 11/20/12, 1/15/13, 2/19/13, 3/13/13, 4/16/13, 5/21/13, 6/18/13, 8/20/13, and 9/17/13. The GSFC Coordinator does weekly follow-up calls/contacts and emails to core members and potential members.�
Ingham GSFC continued with 18 core members who reflect continuous
outreach and recruitment from diverse communities around Ingham
County, including Head Start Policy Council, various Home Visiting
programs, and other Ingham GSC agency programs. No formal
orientations were held in the second quarter, but the FC Coordinator
was in regular contact with current and newly recruited core
Due to multiple evening trainings in Q2 with parents, and a winter snow storm February 26, FC meetings were rescheduled for Q3. Core members of the FC were involved in parent leadership meetings in Q2 and in preparation for the March Parent Panel that highlighted 3 parent stories and the services they used with their children.
Thank-you for the progress reported. Will look to future results of these activities such as you reported with the three additional folks from your NEON relationship.
to Reviewers Comments:
The Parent Coordinator met with the Kinship Care Support group and the Kinship Action Team and monthly during Q2. The results from these activities were 3 members joined with the Parent Coordinator at the City of Lansing Humans Services Forum on Feb 28 to advocate for respite care and funding for the FGC.
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 meetings. The Coordinator orients all new GSFC members and maintains a spreadsheet for the core members listing the program/services they have used spanning all five Great Start component areas.
Head Start Policy Council continues to be a diverse recruiting ground. In March, the Ingham Parent Coordinator hosted the Migrant Resource Council meeting. GSFC core members were part of the March Parent Panel, which included staff from all three newly-elected state representatives.
Coordinator continues to maintain a spreadsheet on GSFC members and
core members. The list has grown to 18 core members and 213 members.
The spreadsheet for core members lists the program/services they have
used, and indicates that core members span all five GS component
Review Comments: These connections should lead to some diverse voices in your work. Will look forward to examples of how these partnerships are incorporated into your system building efforts.
to Reviewers Comments:
As a follow-up to the March Parent Panel at the GSC meeting, MC contacted all three of the legislative offices that sent staff and thanked them for their participation. Based on Head Start Policy Council stress on the importance on the dental care in our area, MC also wrote the three area State Representatives and asked for their support for Health Kids Dental funding in our area. MI State Representative Andy Schor wrote back and said he agrees on the importance of this funding, and will work with other area State Reps to try and bring back the funding.
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 PAL, and parent workshops.� Working closely with the i2i Community Organizers in recruitment and engagement activities.
Q2 the Lansing School District announced $6 Million in cuts to next
years budget, which is proposed to include elimination of elementary
school arts, phys ed, and music teachers. Action of Greater Lansing
and the NEON Community Organizers have begun working with the GS
Parent Coordinator and Family Coalition to explore interest in a
campaign to deal with these cuts.
In Q2 plans are being developed to sponsor “FaM-May-nia”, a Public Meeting & Story Telling Session on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 6-9pm at Harley Franks Early Childhood Center, 2924 Newark Ave, Lansing 48911. At the event parents are being asked to come prepared to tell a story about how art, music and physical education have influenced their life, and consider ways to take action around this issue.
During this Quarter in partnership with Kellogg
funded i2i Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project the GSC has
continued discussions with the Lake Shore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) to
provide technical assistance and support services.
Talking to Kids About Race - Ingham GSC arranged to bring LEDA in to present the preschool curriculum "Talking to Kids about Race" on March 20, 2013 using LECEP Kellogg funding. There were 49 participants, including 13 parents, many preschool teachers, kinship providers, administrators and college instructors at the workshop.
presenter, Sarah Salguera,
distributed evaluation forms to assess if the workshop was helpful to
participants and what information they gained, by in large the
participants found the workshop helpful (35/38
(92%) of surveys collected
indicated that the participant felt the diversity training is
valuable to their organization and/or community),
and gained useful information (29/36
(81%) of surveys collected
indicated that the participant felt their experience in the diversity
training helped them continue to develop a greater sensitivity to the
issue of racism).
The written comments by individual respondents were very diverse and
at times contradicted other respondents (in part a reflection of the
mix of participants in the workshop what is helpful to a experienced
college instructor is not necessarily the same as what is helpful to
a family day care provider). In addition, QI Workgroup members
volunteered to help lead some small group discussions to help us move
ahead with diversity/equity work and to evaluate how the TTKAR
workshop might fit into those plans (should it be repeated, and with
whom, when, and where), and help suggest ways the early childhood
community may wish to continue to work on related equity issues.
Summaries of the comments participants shared in each of the 6 small
group discussion areas were again mixed. (In hindsight having a way
of tabulating how many people agreed with which comments, or which
groups felt most strongly about which topics might have been more
more helpful in evaluating the workshop). The Operations Committee
and LECEP Admin Team will both be reviewing the feedback and
evaluations and discussing what the next steps should be in moving
ahead in our work in equity issues in the early childhood community.
All are in agreement there was a lot of energy and interest in the
topic but not unanimity among participants of what to do next. We
are planning on convening a Learning Community to help us develop
plans around equity issues. The Learning Community would help us
survey existing resources in the community, identify other resources
we might bring in, and develop strategies and plans around equity
The focus for FY13 will be on revising the Strategic Plan and Action Agenda with emphasis on the voices and feedback from vulnerable, underserved families with young children.� Will be working with i2i Community Organizers on parent engagement and co-creation of revisions to GSC Strategic Plan and Action Agenda.
who have used home visiting program services continued to be involved
in the planning and development of the HV Hub proposal in several
1) Three parents have been designated as representatives on the HV Hub Planning Team to help bring parent perspectives and insights into the project development;
2) Parents serving on the HV Hub Planning Team participated in the development of the job description for the HV Hub lead staff, screening and rating the applications received, and MC even served on the Interview Team to select the top candidate.
3) The parents feedback has shaped one of the core HV Hub Workplan goals by reviewing the Great Parents Great Start and Early Head Start new pamphlets. Their review provided valuable feedback in these outreach materials making sure that the final versions use more parent-friendly language.
In addition, in Q2 the parents on the Parent Leadership and Support Workgroup reviewed and provided feedback on the Joint HS GSRP Application.
This is great information on the HV work. Thank-you. In the next report would like to read more about how the general revision of the strategic plan is progressing as you indicate in the strategy above.
to Reviewers Comments:
We will be having the LECEP Community Organizers and parents help co-create outreach plans and materials for the new joint GSRP/Head Start application and also for the new HV Hub (and joint HV applications). Although we are planning new strategies and actions, we do not expect to revise the formal written Strategic Plan and Action Agenda until the end of the year to reflect some of these changes.
The Ingham Great Start Facebook page currently has over 300 Friends or people who "Like" our efforts, and the GSFC email list has around 125 families.� Through increased parent engagement with the i2i Community Organizers, Parent Cafes and other outreach activities we will increase the GSFC network (on email lists and social networking) to 500.
Facebook during Q2 there were 36 new people who added that they LIKED
the Ingham Great Start page; it is now up to 441 people who LIKE the
Ingham GS page. According to Facebook Insights during Q2 there were
15,807 Unique Viewers who saw Posts on our GS Page.
GS Family Coalition has grown to 213 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 654 (441+213).
According to Google Analytics for InghamGreatStart.org during Q2 there were website visits by 3,026 unique visitors making 7,803 page views. The most popular pages receiving clicks at the Ingham Great Start website during Q2 were: Parent Child Activities (567), Job Posting HV Hub (311), Play & Learn Groups (282), Job Posting FCC (236), Job Posting Health Innovations (228), and Parenting Classes (211). Each time a new posting is made at the Ingham GSC website a blast email goes out to over 416 GSC and FC member email addresses about the updates. During Q2 a total of 29 of these blast emails went out announcing GSC partner events and important early childhood information.
Review Comments: This is really great data and growth. It leads me to wonder, how will you use this google analytics to feedback into how you operate your web page? What is this data telling you about parents in your county?
Response to Review Comments: The Google Analytics helps us measure the Internet traffic to our GSC/FC website and understand the most popular pages on the website. We use this data to help us decide what to post on the website. This data seems to indicate that many parents in Ingham are tech savy and use the Internet often including for information on early childhood.
GSC decision making and efforts always include parents.� Some examples of the GSFC working with the GSC include: - Parent Leadership and Support Workgroup is helping develop a more systematic and coordinated approach for the 9 home visitor programs in Ingham County. This workgroup is co-chaired by GSFC parents who share ideas to and from the GSFC. - The GSFC will be planning a Parent Panel presentation at the March 2013 GSC meeting - The GSFC, working with the i2i parent Community Organizers, will be engaging low-income minority families with young children in discussions about community issues, family needs, and systems changes; and co-developing revisions for the Strategic Plan and Action Agenda
the GSC and GSFC partnered to help promote the importance of early
childhood issues during parent awareness month with the 4th
annual Parent Panel.
At the GSC meeting March 13, we invited staff from Rep Sam Singh, Rep. Tom Cochran, Rep. Andy Schor, and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. All attended, except Sen. Whitmer’s staff. Three stories from parents demonstrated the continuum of leadership in the FC. The first speaker, Jessica Adkins, came from Wisconsin within the last year and found services in Michigan for her 2 year old. The second speaker, Tami Smith, shared her position as PTA president at the Lansing School District Pre -3rd grade building and what that means for her 2 daughters, her oldest on the autism spectrum. Finally, Francine Watts shared her position as a great-grandparent who raised her grandchild and has been voluntarily leading a kinship care support group for the last 12 years.
In Q2, GSFC core parents regularly attend the monthly Early Childhood Literacy Coalition meetings. They helped plan the Early Childhood Literacy Event held on March. The GSC/FC was a community sponsor for this event and the two weeks of Early Childhood Literacy Events held throughout the community in March 2013.
The QRC regularly participates in the GSC monthly meetings and the GSFC monthly meetings sharing resources and partnering on events such as the Back to School Health Fair, and Zoo Days.� The QRC and the FC work together to publicize the Toy Lending library, and community events for parents and families with young children. The QRC and the GSC/GSFC regularly work together by attending monthly Ingham GSRP consortium meetings, and providing updates and technical assistance regarding the self-assessment surveys and quality ratings.� The QRC is also part of the Quality Initiatives GSC Workgroup and coordinates their work with the Early Childhood Specialists and Head Start so that we are using consistent progam assessments and coordinating training with GSC for early childhood programs.
The GSC/FC staff and the GSQRCC (OYC)
staff regularly attend each others meetings to better coordinate
efforts to increase quality of early learning and development
programs in our area. The GSQRCC staff attended the GSC meetings on
January 9, February 13, and March 13, 2013. All the Head Start
Classrooms have completed the SAS and their data has been entered,
and during this Q2 GSRP classrooms have completing theirs as well.
In addition, during this Quarter the GSC Quality Initiatives
Workgroup (which includes GSQRCC staff) has been working on
developing a letter to ECIC and OGS to offer feedback on ways to
improve the QRIS for parents and providers.
To also promote quality and better coordination, the staff from GSQRCC and the GSC regularly attend the GSRP Advisory Council meetings. In Q2 staff from both GSQRCC and GSC participated in the GSRP Advisory Council meetings on February 22 and March 22, 2013.
Educate the community about the importance of early childhood and the needs for systems change through public engagement by building off of initiatives like the Center for Michigan Community Forums; Ready Nation; Early Childhood Business Plan; and Lunch and Learns or Potlucks on the importance of investing in early childhood.�
March the GSC and GSFC partnered to help promote the importance of
early childhood issues during Parent Awareness Month at our 4th
annual Parent Panel.
At this GSC meeting March 13, we invited staff from Rep. Sam Singh, Rep. Tom Cochran, Rep. Andy Schor, and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. All 3 of the State Representatives attended. Three stories from parents demonstrated the continuum of leadership in the FC and the needs of families with young children. After the meeting, MC followed up with each of the State Representatives to thank them for their participation in the meeting and their continued interest in early childhood issues. This event helped us create a stronger relationship with these three newly elected State Representatives and reinforced for them the importance of investing in early childhood to meet family needs in our area.
GSRP Head Start Coordination
Working on systems change to better
improve GSRP Head Start coordination has been at times both a success
and met with some challenges. During Q2 we are really making
progress and have had some great success. After much discussion a
new countywide protocol for using a joint Head Start GSRP Application
form was agreed upon and began being implemented. During this
Quarter the new unified application form has been posted on the GSC
. The GSC is taking the lead in getting parent feedback on designing
a new brochure to promote the joint application process, and will be
developing a variety of outreach strategies in Q3. The big system
change is now that in Ingham County parents can fill out one unified
application to apply for Head Start, GSRP or school district tuition
programs all over Ingham County. This is a real improvement for
parental access because now one application will get them routed to
the most appropriate program classroom program to meet their families
needs. Families need not re-apply or put their children on multiple
waiting lists any longer, all this is consolidated in the new unified
Head Start GSRP application process. All applications now go to the
Ingham ISD to be sorted out and routed to Head Start or GSRP
depending on family needs and income and program availability.
LEDA Consultation Services
After many hours of discussion the Ingham GSC entered into an Agreement to bring LEDA expertise to the GSC, LECEP and partner agencies through a series of consultation services to increase ethnic and racial diversity and inclusion. Andre Daley from LEDA attended the GSC Operations Committee meeting on 1/10/13 to discuss the consultation services with the GSC leadership team; and arrangements were made for the first LEDA Consultation meeting to be held on 4/11/13. At the end of March, LEDA staff notified the GSC that due to staff changes, LEDA would not be able to provide the Ingham GSC the agreed upon Consultation Services. Given this setback, the GSC and LECEP are now considering what other options are possible to help further our work in this important area.
Survey ID: PDEF102 (FY2013 Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition Progress Report)
Transaction ID: PTXN3325
This survey profile was first created on: 04/05/2013, last edited on: 04/30/2013 and last edited by: Ken Sperber.