Progress Report ( : Validated )


Assigned to: CONTR239-2
Number of questions completed: 41/53
Administered: 09/16/2013.



Please provide a short title for your report:
Q4 Ingham GSC/FC Progress Report 

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October 1- December 31, 2012
January 1- March 31, 2013
April 1- June 30, 2013
July 1 - Septeber 30, 2013

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Created on 09/16/2013 at 12:05:19 by Sperber Ken (kensperber001).
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Goal 1: Increase access to and coordination of high quality early childhood programs, within the comprehensive early childhood system.

Objectives:
Implement priorities from the local Great Start Strategic Plan which fall under one or more of these categories:
  • Shift organizational policies, practices, and procedures to improve access, coordination, and quality of services.
  • Increase service coordination and integration (e.g. join recruitment and referral for preschool, centralized intake and referral for home visitation, etc.).
  • Expand quantity and quality of service supports offered including adopting evidence-based programs and practices.
Actively increase strength and density of exchange networks
  • Develop processes to increase mutual information sharing regarding families served by multiple organizations, ensuring that families have signed appropriate documentation to allow this coordination.
  • Increase sharing of concrete resources such as in-kind resources, funds, co-location of services/staff, facilities, supplies, training, and transportation.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan):
Implementation of Ingham Strategic Plan and Action Agenda
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
Ongoing activities, specifics included in the following sections.
If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?
Performance Measure for Goal 1
Provide evidence of and progress toward at least two measurable changes/reforms (that meet the criteria in the objective above) that have increased access to and/or the coordination of high quality programs for young children and their families. These reforms or changes must be drawn from priorities in the Great Start strategic plan.


Priority 1 Change/Reform: (excerpted from work plan)
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.

Expected Impact/Outcomes: (excerpted from work plan)
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.

Expected Number of Children and Families Impacted: (excerpted from work plan)

What progress has been made on this priority this quarter? (include any successes or challenges experienced)
During Q4 the Ingham GSC/FC 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 been granted funds to support two efforts: one to develop a Home Visiting Hub, and another for the Home Visitor Quality Improvement Consortium (QIC). 

During Q4 progress has been made on the HV Hub.  Kristen Hubbell, HV Hub Project Organizer, is working very closely with the larger Pathways to Better Health Hub (PtBH), the HV programs and the GSC/FC.  Kristen has been meeting with each of the HV programs developing a new set of cross-agency pamphlets that were suggested by parent feedback from the GS Family Coalition and the GSC/FC Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup (PL&SW).  The PL&SW has been working with Kristen on revising the decision trees for the HV Hub referrals and common referral forms.  The HV Hub planning group organized a cross-training for the Pathways to Better Health Hub (PtBH) Community Health Workers with the home visitors from all the early childhood home visiting programs in the community to become better oriented to each other’s programs and introduce the role of HV Hub to everyone.  The training was held on 9/25/13 and 50 home visitors attended representing all the HV programs.  The cross training meeting was very successful and another intra-agency training is being planned for October 2013 on Safety Issues for Home Visitors, featuring presentations by MI State Police and de-escalation techniques. 

This summer 5 GSC members and 2 GSFC parents attended the statewide HV Conference August 12-14 in Dearborn, MI. There were a series of workshops at the Conference especially designed for parents.  At the Conference Lisa presented at a Poster Board Session on the QIC project and Lori participated in a panel discussion about the HV Hub.  Wendy Moncada (who will be taking over the role of GSC Co-Coordinator when Ken retires in October) attended workshops on the Parents as Teachers model fidelity, safety, reflective supervision, and social emotional development.  In September the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup (including parents) helped develop the HV Hub Budget for FY14.

The GSC QIC grant for the four HV programs using the Parents as Teachers (PAT) model in Ingham County continued to move ahead in Q4.  Data collection continued around a second problem statement, “If families have a positive initial contact, they will stay in the program longer.”  The QIC in Q4 focused on the goal, “By September 5th, 2013, the QIC will increase the length of time families are enrolled in the Home Visiting program.”

The previous paragraphs summarize some of the success we have had in the area of coordination of HV programs and the HV Hub.  But in Q4 as in other Quarters this year there have also been some real challenges.  We have continued to receive mixed messages from MDCH that has slowed our progress in moving ahead. MDCH has let us know that yes they want parent involvement, but at the same time have repeatedly said no to reimbursement for parent stipends to cover transportation and child care (barriers to participation).  Only through persistent advocacy efforts from parents to MDCH to use these funds for parent supports did MDCH finally relent and agree to give permission to use up to $3,400 of these funds from the unspent grant funds remaining in September for parent support.

MDCH has charged us with developing HV Hub plans for HV programs in our community, but then informed us they don't want the HV Hub to include all 11 HV programs in the work of the HV Hub, despite the strong parent voice saying they want referrals, improved access, and coordination to all the 11 HV programs through the HV Hub efforts.  MDCH has said yes continue working on HV efforts in FY14, but only offered the HV Hub a funding level for a year of services that is half of what it was for 9 month contract last year.  From the Ingham GSC/FC perspective this HV Hub work with MDCH seems disconnected in many ways from Great Start, OGS, and ECIC efforts, and at times is pulling us in contradictory directions with these other early childhood efforts.



Priority 2 Changes/Reforms: (excerpted from work plan)
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.

Expected Impact/Outcomes: (excerpted from work plan)
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. 

Expected Number of Children and Families Impacted (excerpted from work plan)

What progress has been made on this priority this quarter? (including successes and challenges)
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) - no sessions held

b) Teen Parents/Angel House - weekly sessions for 12 families and 17 children

c) Maplewood Homeless Shelter - weekly sessions for 19 families and 27 children

d) Other Play & Learn Groups in the community (EHS, EO, GPGS) - weekly sessions for 219 families and 273 children

Q4 Totals for Play & Learn Groups = 250 families with 317 children

FY Totals for Play & Learn Groups = Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4 = 871 families with 1,089 children


Priority 3 Changes/Reforms: (excerpted from work plan)
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.

Expected Impact/Outcomes: (excerpted from work plan)
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. 

Expected Number of Children and Families Impacted: (excerpted from work plan)

What progress has been made on this priority this quarter? (including successes and challenges)
During this Summer the GS Parent Coordinator and five other NEON Community Organizers coordinated with GSC agencies to increase outreach efforts for a joint application that helps route families to high-quality preschool and other early childhood services located in Ingham County.  This includes targeting events and neighborhoods where families who likely qualify for Head Start and GSRP options are most likely to be.  GSRP/HS Joint Application outreach efforts were held at 32 events or sites including: ANC Kid’s Feet, Back to School Rally (8/12), Back to School Event: Shabazz Academy (8/29), Back to School Health Fair for 5 days (Aug 19-23), Back to School Hustle (8/23), Boys and Girls Club (6/26), Bread House (7/29), CATA Bus Rides, Concert in the Park (7/24), Diabetic Event Hawk Island (8/24), Grace Tabernacle, Hip-Hop Car Show (7/6), Hip-Hop Fest for 3 days (5/17-5/19), Ingham County Fair (6/30), Jazz Fest (8/3), Juneteenth Parade & Celebration(6/15), Kids Connect (8/19), Kingdom Life Church Block Party (8/3), Lansing Concert in the Park, Main Street Event Center Silver Stone, Marshall Park (Little Sluggers T Ball) (6/15), Men Making a Difference (7/20), Moores Park Block Party (7/26), Moores Park Carnival (8/3), Mount Hope Outreach Street Event Reo (6/29), New World Flood Back To School Expo (8/19), North West Initiative Farmer’s Market (8/19), Lansing Parks and Recreation Open House (6/19), Potter Park Zoo Days (7/9 & 7/10), Praise in the Park (7/6), Silverstone Rummage Sale (6/29), South Side Community Center, and the MSU Health Team Teddy Bear Picnic (9/28).  

Many of these joint outreach efforts were held at events for the first time, and reached a much more diverse audience than traditional outreach efforts. The GSRP/HS joint outreach efforts of the GSC partners and parents was very successful, over 2,500 Joint Applications for quality early childhood programs were received by the end of Q4.

Performance Measure for Goal 1
Increase public and private investment in early childhood programs/projects through both in-kind and cash resources. Please do NOT include funds already listed in previous reports.
Insert new cash or in-kind funds received this quarter:

Amount ($): 
  Public or Private?
Public Private
  Cash or In-Kind?
Cash In Kind
  Source:

  Amount to be expended in FY13 (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013)

  Amount to be expended in FY14 (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014)
Do you need to report another funds received this quarter?
Yes No (not selected)

Amount ($): 
  Public or Private?
Public Private
  Cash or In-Kind?
Cash In Kind
  Source:

  Amount to be expended in FY13 (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013)

  Amount to be expended in FY14 (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014)
Do you need to report another funds received this quarter?
Yes No (not selected)


In addition to the funds reported above, please describe any challenges or successes related to this performance measure:
The 32p Block Grant Funding brought on both challenges and successes.  A real success was the ability of the GSC/FC to work with community partners to ramp up joint outreach efforts to recruit more families to fill the 1,455 Ingham GSRP slots including 108 expansion slots.  Another success was the coming together of the GSC/FC to quickly develop the 32p Block Grant Application and Budget and reach consensus on funding priorities for the GSC/FC, a school readiness committee and early childhood programming.  

One of our challenges is that 32p Block Grant Allocation was less funding than we initially hoped for, and forced us to scale back our expectations for the GSC/FC and early childhood programming efforts.  It also has been difficult to arrange for 30% of the allocated GSRP slots to be at community sites (other than local school districts) despite our best efforts.

In addition, we have just learned that at the end of September that Ingham GSRP is being offered 394 more slots.  At this late date, after the school year has already started, it extremely difficult to identify additional GSRP classroom space, and it is becoming increasing difficult for community partner agencies such as CACS Head Start to accept more GSRP slots without additional funding for administrative and support staff (nurses, classroom supervisors, mental health consultants, parent involvement coordinators, etc).  As it turns out, as we anticipated, the initial GSRP slot allocations for other communities did not match the reality in those communities of the number new slots that could be filled.  Waiting this long to re-allocate these GSRP slots from communities getting overly large increases of slots has created a new set of problems.  At this late date those communities that could have filled the slots back in June may not be able to rise to the occasion to fill all these re-allocated slots after the school year has begun.  By now recruitment efforts are winding down, classrooms have been assigned, and parents have made placement choices for their 4 year olds.  An additional 394 GSRP expansion slots offered to Ingham in June 2013 would have been a do-able challenge; offering them to us now is problematic.  

Goal 2: Build and sustain a capable Great Start Collaborative and empowered Great Start Parent Coalition focused on leveraging change in the local early childhood system.

Objectives:
  • Develop active constituents with shared goals 
  • Build strong parent leadership and authentic voice 
  • Build effective partnerships between the GSC and GSPC, and between the GSC/GSPC and critical community organizations and stakeholders (e.g. Great Start to Quality Resource Center, business, philanthropy, diverse community groups, etc.)  
  • Educate the community about the importance of early childhood and the need for systems change
Performance Measures for Goal 2: Performance Indicators
1. Provide evidence of an active GSC membership that includes all organizations listed in Appendix A. (Members must have the capacity to commit resources and make decisions on behalf of the organization.) Evidence of an active GSC membership must include examples of increased individual/organization member involvement/engagement.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan):
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.
 
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
Each of the GSC monthly meetings in this Quarter was chaired by a GSC member.  During the Quarter there were over 20 GSC workgroup meetings, all chaired by GSC members and attended by GSC and GSFC members. The new leadership for the Social Emotional Health Workgroup, now co-chaired by Fran Jozefowicz from CMH and Marta Kermiet from Head Start, has been working effectively.  Lisa Chambers worked with the GSC to enable the ICHD to become the new fiduciary agency for the HV Hub grant.  Lori Noyer from the Pathways Hub has become a regular participant in the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup and Kristen Hubbell has agreed to co-chair the Workgroup with MC Rothhorn.

In Q4 the Operations Committee developed transition plans for Ken Sperber’s pending retirement from the GSC Co-Coordinator position and Wendy Moncada’s move from Great Parents Great Start Home Visitor and Head Start/GSRP Outreach & Recruitment staff to GSC Co-Coordinator (with Michelle).  During Q4 Wendy has been oriented to the GSC work and has begun working on many of the GSC on-going efforts.

During Q4, Angela Austin, from One Love Global and LECEP, chaired the Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues.  The Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues met monthly for a total of three times during Q4.

A team of five people attended the 2-day Pennie Foster Fishman workshop on Systems Change sponsored by ECIC on Sept 26 & 27th.  This included GSC Coordinators Michelle and MC, and the soon-to-be GSC Co-Coordinator Wendy Moncada, as well as Angela and Cameo from LECEP.  The inclusion of the LECEP leadership in the training with GSC leadership is intended to help us bring our two efforts into better alignment and increase the membership in GSC efforts.  In order to maximize our effectiveness in making collective impact in early childhood in our community we are now planning a 4-hour workshop on Systems Change and Root Causes with Pennie Foster Fishman for early FY14.   We will be inviting a total of 60 GSC partner agencies, funders, parents and allies to attend this workshop to develop shared strategies to support early childhood efforts and systems change.
If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?


2. Provide evidence of a GSPC that has at least 15 core members who help the Parent Liaison/Coordinator organize/support the GSPC to achieve its four core purposes. 

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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. 
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
The 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. Informal orientations were held in the fourth quarter with leadership from the Power of We Consortium and new parent members to the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup. The Ingham GSFC Coordinator was in regular contact with current and newly recruited core members.  Core members of the Family Coalition were involved in parent leadership meetings in Q4 and during outreach events focused on signing up children with the Ingham Preschool Joint Application at the Teddy Bear Picnic (9/28), the Ingham County Health Department sponsored Back to School Health Fair (week of 8/19), the Ingham County Fair (week of 7/29), and the Potter Park Zoo Days (7/9 & 7/10).
 
Throughout Q4, the Ingham GSFC Coordinator has coordinated the initiation of a Literacy Corner with Adrienne Puckett, Manager for the Secretary of State office in the Lansing Area. Her location is in Eaton County, so MC has included Parent Liaison, Kimi Mead, in coordination efforts, along with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, which spans both Ingham and Eaton Counties. Due to a scheduled location move for the SOS office in June that never happened, we have focused on coordinating responsibilities and goals of the corner.
If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?
Current number of GSPC core members

3. Provide evidence that the GSPC core membership includes a variety of parents who use or have used the programs/services of the GSC member organizations spanning across all five Great Start component areas.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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.
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
During Q4, four parents attended the Parents Partnering for Change leadership training sponsored by the State of Michigan Home Visiting Initiative. Two of the 4 were either newly recruited or re-engaged core members and recruited with significant help from GSC agencies, including the Health Department and Head Start.

During the week of August 19, three parents from the Family Coalition volunteered during the Back to School Health Fair sponsored by our GSC partner, Ingham County Health Department, including parents from Head Start, Early On, and N.E.O.N.

On September 14 The Kinship Support Group held a back to school event targeting families that typically plan less, yet still need help getting their children ready for the new school year.

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?

4. Provide evidence that the GSC and GSPC are working diligently to ensure the membership reflects the demographic (i.e. racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, etc.) diversity of the county(ies).

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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.
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
During Q4 the GSC/FC and partner agencies partnered with the NEON Community Organizers (all parents of children of color) to conduct a series of targeted outreach events to promote the Head Start/GSRP Joint Application and recruit diverse families.  In addition, organizations such as Action of Greater Lansing, and AmeriCorps, as well as GSC members have all volunteered to help distribute newly developed outreach materials and the Joint Applications.  Outreach efforts focused on reaching more minority families by targeting events such as Hip Hop Festival, Juneteeth Parade and Celebration, and working with faith based organizations.  

During this Quarter in partnership with Kellogg funded i2i Lansing Early Childhood Equity Project (LECEP) the GSC has continued working on cultural competence and equity issues.  The GSC and LECEP convened an Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues, with the charge to meet thru the Summer and report back in the Fall to the GSC & LECEP administrative teams with a proposed plan of action for our community.  During Q4 the Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues had planning and learning meetings on 7/15, 8/13, and 9/12.

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?

5. Provide evidence that GSC decisions have included input and experiences from constituencies of parents and diverse groups within the GSC service area that use or have used the programs/services of the GSC member organizations spanning across all five Great Start component areas. Examples may include but are not limited to: parent feedback used to alter/change early childhood programs/services; parent input used to develop new programs and services, etc.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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.
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
In Q4 parents who have used home visiting program services continued to be involved in the planning and development of the HV Hub project by participating as members of the HV Hub Planning Team and the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup.

In addition, in Q4 the parents on the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup and the NEON Community Organizers reviewed and provided feedback on the new Head Start/GSRP outreach plans and suggested community events to target. The materials co-developed and designed by parents included the Joint Application brochure, postcards, tear-off posters and promotional items such as fans and water bottles to be used at outreach events. Parents and NEON Community Organizers also participated at the community events promoting Head Start/GSRP joint applications.

Parents were very involved in planning the 32p Block Grant Application and Budget.  The plans were developed with parent input at the NEON Community Organizers meeting, the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup, Operations Committee, and at the GSC meeting.

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?

6. Increase the number of parents (from FY12) connected to the GSPC network through email list and/or social networking membership

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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.
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
On Facebook during Q4 there were 34 new people who added that they LIKED the Ingham Great Start page; at the end of the Quarter it was up to 499 people who LIKE the Ingham GS page.  According to Facebook Insights during Q4 there were 21,776 people who saw our InghamGreatStart Page posts (Unique Users).  The most popular posts (and their reach) were: Next Week Back to School Health Fair (2,700), Free Preschool Apps at Potter Park Zoo Days (1,700), Apply Now for Free Preschools (480), Back to School Health Fair today (350),  CACS job posting (331).
 
By the end of Q4 the GS Family Coalition has grown to 226 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 725 (499+226).

According to Google Analytics for InghamGreatStart.org during Q4 there were website visits by 3,275 unique visitors making 8,494 page views. The most popular pages receiving clicks at the Ingham Great Start website during Q4 were:  Resources - Parent Child Activities (608); Early Childhood Joint Application (421); Teddy Bear Picnic (298); Touch a Truck (279); Play & Learn Groups (264); Parenting Classes (254); and Apply Now Free Preschool (181).   

Each time a new posting is made at the Ingham GSC website a blast email goes out to over 387 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.
If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?
Effective Partnerships:
1. Provide evidence/examples of how the GSC and GSPC are partnering on a project(s) related to the Great Start strategic plan.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
In Q4 the GSC and GSFC continued to partner with ACTION of Greater Lansing, the Capital Area District Libraries, and NEON to help promote Head Start and GSRP programs in and around Ingham County, specifically targeting Lansing School District boundaries.

In Q4, two new and two seasoned parents on the Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup were trained during the Parents Partnering for Change Training, sponsored by the Michigan Home Visiting Initiative. All 4 parents attended the monthly meeting September 18, when the convening body for the HV Hub & Parent Leadership met.  Parents have provided guidance to the group as we try to merge the efforts of the Pathways Hub and the HV Hub.  

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?


2. Provide evidence/examples of how the GSC/GSPC is partnering with the Great Start to Quality Resource Center to increase quality of early learning and development programs and providers in the GSC/GSPC area.

Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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.
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
The GSC/FC staff and the GSQRC (OYC) staff regularly attend each others’ meetings to better coordinate efforts to increase quality of early learning and development programs in our area. The GSQRC staff attended the GSC meetings on August 14 and September 11, 2013.  To also promote quality and better coordination, the staff from GSQRC and the GSC regularly attend the GSRP Advisory Council meetings.  In Q4 staff from both GSQRC and GSC participated in the GSRP Advisory Council meeting on September 6, 2013.

The GSC and the GSQRC shared a table at the week long Back to School Health Fair (August 19-23) and recruited families to complete the Joint Application for GSRP/Head Start.  During Q4 the GSC staff worked with OYC to identify child care centers that were eligible to be considered to become community child care partners to contract for GSRP slots.   

During Q4 the GSQRC (OYC) staff helped identify providers to participate in the Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues and committed to participating as well.  GSQRC (OYC) worked with the GSC Coordinators to help recruit child care providers who might be interested in providing on-site child care for N.E.O.N. community organizer meetings at Harley Franks Early Childhood Center, and for the Ad Hoc Workgroup meetings.  

GSC Members Wendy, Corrie, Michelle and Lucy along with GSQRC staff participated in the Race to the Top meeting with Susan Broman (OGS) and Jeremy Reuter (HSC) on 9/13.  GSC Coordinators (Ken & MC) also participated with GSQRC staff in the Race to The Top – ELC webinar on 9/25.   

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?
3. Provide evidence/examples of efforts to educate the community, including community leaders, about the importance of early childhood and the need for systems change.
Planned Activities (excerpted from work plan)
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. 
Have you completed these activities?
Yes No
If Yes, what were the results of completing this activities? Please provide evidence or examples to illustrate the completion of the activities. Please list any completed target numbers or percentages.
In Q4, the GSC and GSFC were asked to host a Community Conversation by the Center for Michigan again. This will take place next quarter, in November 2013.

The GSC Coordinator and GSFC parent liaison were asked to and did orient N.E.O.N. community organizers to brain development research, disparities in outcomes for African-American and White children, using tools like Ready Nation and local school district data.

Included in efforts to 'educate the community' is the need to articulate and frame WHY early childhood is so important and how the voice of specific parents who are using programs in the system will affect and change the system for the better.  We believe it takes up to 7 times for any message such as WHY early childhood is important, to penetrate. During Q4, and with the help of:
- hearing the message over 8 times,
- the suggestions of dozens of parents and family members raising children in the African-American community in Lansing,
- expertise and patience in the Ingham GSC leadership,
- with all this help, Ingham's Parent Liaison has learned how important it is to break down what it means to build the 'public will' in specific communities of 'the public,' like the African-American community of Lansing.

Additional activities of public will building with a focus on the importance on early childhood included: coordinating with the new Sandbox Party representative for Ingham County, as well as joining and working thru the ABLe Change September two-dayWorkshop.  Two events that built public will with the GS Family Coalition and GSC partners, included the MSU Health Team Teddy Bear Picnic on Sept 28 and the Kinship Care Support Group Back to School event on Sept 13.

If No, what progress has been made to date on this activities?
Looking back over progress made during this quarter in the Goal 2 section, please share any successes or challenges experienced.
GSRP Head Start Coordination
During this Quarter a lot of the GSC/FC efforts centered around working on systems change to better improve GSRP /Head Start coordination through a joint application process. Although we ran into technical glitches in rolling out an on-line fillable and submittable application, the coordinated recruitment efforts did help bring in 2,500 paper copies of completed Joint Applications.

Despite the full on-line version of the Joint Application not being ready, the outreach efforts and community support has been very positive.  During this Quarter Lansing School District, Head Start, Great Start and N.E.O.N. Community Organizers (parents) had several productive meetings to coordinate joint outreach efforts at community events, co-develop new promotional materials, and co-design new outreach strategies (using social media, robo calls, and media outlets).  The more these groups have worked on new Joint Recruitment activities, the more they have built stronger relationships, and become more open to systems change to implement this new way of recruiting and enrolling community families in free Preschool programs (Great Start and Head Start).  

Cultural Competence and Equity Issues
The Ad Hoc Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Equity Issues met three times during Q4 and is now pulling together a list of recommendations for coordinated community efforts that will likely become part of the GSC/FC Workplan and Action Agenda next year.

HV Hub
HV programs are working together in developing a new set of cross-agency pamphlets that were suggested by parent feedback from the GS Family Coalition and the GSC/FC Parent Leadership & Support Workgroup (PL&SW).  The PL&SW has been working with HV Hub staff on revising the decision trees for the HV Hub referrals and common referral forms.  The HV Hub planning group organized a cross-training for the Pathways to Better Health Hub (PtBH) Community Health Workers with the home visitors from all the early childhood home visiting programs in the community to become better oriented to each others’ programs and introduce the role of HV Hub to everyone.  The training was held on 9/25/13 and 50 home visitors attended representing all the HV programs.  The cross training meeting was very successful and another interagency training is being planned for October 2013 on Safety Issues for Home Visitors, featuring presentations by MI State Police and de-escalation techniques.  There still remain many challenges with the work around the HV Hub, since these efforts have been directed by MDCH and are not well coordinated with OGS and ECIC efforts.
Do you have any technical assistance requests at this time?

Yes, follow-up with Pennie Foster Fishman on local implementation of the ABLe Change Framework and how to incorporate this into the Strategic Plan Revisions for next year and the 4 OGS outcomes referenced in the Work Plan for FY14. We have already made arrangements to have Pennie present a workshop locally on Systems Change and Root Causes and plan on inviting community leadership including funders (Capital Area United Way, Capital Region Community Foundation), human services collaborative groups (Power of We Consortium), and GSC partner agencies so that our community can have a shared vocabulary to better plan collective impact on systems change for early childhood with the wider community.

Survey ID: PDEF102 (FY2013 Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition Progress Report)
Transaction ID: PTXN3506
This survey profile was first created on: 09/16/2013, last edited on: 10/11/2013 and last edited by: Ken Sperber.