Annual Report                         FY11-12Smart Start in Motion!
This past year, Smart Start board members, community partners, parents of young children, staff                           ...
Barbara Rein,                             Program Evaluator                             Catherine Etters,                 ...
100%many families lack the necessary resources to optimally raise their         of YMCA                                   ...
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County’s Board      conflicts. The Board voted to reduce mem-      Kilkka, Elizabeth Peterson-Vi...
PCC            95% of                                                               dents at C                    children...
• Bank of America                      • First United Methodist CDC• Black Forest Books & Toys            • Foundation for...
Infant-                                                              tin g in the                                         ...
FAMILY SUPPORTNurse-Family PartnershipRaising a ReaderResource and ReferralRight Start-Parent for Life                    ...
P                                                            Poor health can hinder a young child’s growth, educa-        ...
Fiscal Year 2011-2012                      Other                                        Expenditures                  $374...
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Smart Start Annual Report FY11-12

  1. 1. Annual Report FY11-12Smart Start in Motion!
  2. 2. This past year, Smart Start board members, community partners, parents of young children, staff and advocates swung into motion with our first Teddy Bear Breakfast that was attended by 250 children and families. While families were shopping at the silent auction, children were immersed in the “world” of bears. They listened to a story about Corduroy, marched to a teddy bear parade, sang and danced to music led by Dr. Thomas Moore, renowned child advocate. Of course, our little bears ate breakfast along with their families and viewed the Charlotte School of Ballet’s colorful dance performance. This event and other fundraising initiatives were in response to four consecutive years of drastic budget cuts. In addition to fundraising, Mecklenburg constituents rallied behind Smart Start asRobert Furr, Current Board Chair advocacy efforts increased by contacting and educating our local legislators on the importance of early care and education, writing letters, emails, and making phone calls and a coordinated Social Media Campaign was utilized through Facebook and Twitter. Due to these efforts, Smart Start was able to continue funding effective programs that enhance the lives of Mecklenburg County’s children and their families, by offering family support to at-risk children, making sure children are healthy, providing high quality child care, and convening leaders in the community to develop strategies and determine gaps in services. We are grateful to both our funders and our community partners who helped us achieve the Smart Start mission of serving young children and families in making sure they enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Please take a few moments to review the annual report and learn of our achieve- ments. Together, let’s stay in Motion on behalf of young children in our county. Sincerely,Jane Meyer, Executive Director Robert B. Furr Jane W. Meyer Smart Start Board Chair Executive Director 1
  3. 3. Barbara Rein, Program Evaluator Catherine Etters, Chief Financial Officer Dianne Alexander, GPS Coordinator Eunice Murray, Staff Accountant Jennifer Taylor,Public Education Manager Lee Henderson,Senior Program Manager Rahel Gashaw, Senior Accountant Rosemary Bernauer, Accountant/Program Assistant Sheryl White, Partnership Coordinator 10
  4. 4. 100%many families lack the necessary resources to optimally raise their of YMCA Parents asyoung children. Adolescents, adults with limited English, first-time Teachers familiesparents and former childhood foster parents often need support and who participated ininformation to better prepare their children for school success. 75% of their personal visits reported that the program helped them beright Start…Parent for Life works with parents with a childhood their child’s best first teacher.history of foster care services. 95% of participating parents main-tained stable housing with no periods of homelessness. 86% of families participating insafe Journey, a school-based teen parent education program, Raising a Readerreported 85% of active participants demonstrated an increase toward for the first time reporta more supportive, nurturing family relationship. increasing the number of times they read with their Start Healthy Families Mecklenburg, a child abuse preventionprogram, stated that 98% of mothers with children enrolled for at least 6months show positive parent-child interaction. 2
  5. 5. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County’s Board conflicts. The Board voted to reduce mem- Kilkka, Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, Peter Safir,of Directors voted to redesign their Board bers from 30 to 20. We want to thank our Allison Schweizer, Kelley Smith, David Snider,structure. The alternate structure meets members that are rotating off the Board for and Phelps Sprinkle.NCPC’s guidelines which mandate a Board their dedication, support and service:of no less than 15, with representation from We want to welcome new members:government, services, and the business com- Nathan Clark, Timika Shafeek-Horton, Glen-munity. The new structure allows Partner- da Bernhardt, Pastor Jonathan Coppedge- Barbara Cantisano, Bess Caughran, Chelseaships to choose members that best represent Henley, Nancy Crown, Randall Darnell, Paul Heath, Sherry Hinton, Pearlynn Houck, andtheir local area with the least amount of Garafola, Hilda Gurdian, Mike Harrell, Lois Dawn Peebles FY11-12 Board Officers Jonathan Coppedge-Henley, First Paul Koehnke, Central Piedmont CommunityRobert Furr, Chair, NC United Methodist Church College Cooperative Extension Service Nancy Crown, Bank of America Wynn Mabry, Mecklenburg County HealthNathan Clark, Vice-Chair Darrell Cunningham, Dept. of Social DepartmentGlenda Woolf, Treasurer, Woolf Tax Services LaWana Mayfield, City of CharlotteKelly Stewart, Secretary, The Federal Randall Darnell, NC Employment Secu- Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, Reserve Bank rity Commission Mecklenburg Area Mental HealthTimika Shafeek-Horton, Past Chair, Paul Garafola, Parent Rep. Janice Price, First United Methodist CDC Duke Energy Corp. Hilda Gurdian, La Noticia Jennifer Roberts, Mecklenburg County Com- Mike Harrell, Beacon Partners missionerGlenda Bernhardt, Junior League Angela Jones, Levine Children’s Hos- Peter Safir, Mecklenburg County Govern-Stephanie Civers, Stephanie’s pital ment Sheltering Arms Day Care Jared Keaton, Head Start Allison Schweizer, Parent Rep.Ann Clark, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Lois Kilkka, Charlotte Mecklenburg Kelley Smith, Parent Rep. Schools Library David Snider, Foundation for the Carolinas Phelps Sprinkle, Topics Education 9
  6. 6. PCC 95% of dents at C children 92% of stu d ntextualize enrolled at Cent w ho took co ral l courses Avenue Bilingu de velopmenta haC Presch al passed wit ool exhibite or better. d progres s toward school readine ss. Over Nearly 70% of 780 c child hildre preschool-age care n rec mont subsi eived h, en dies e children and abling ach enrol them babies in l in 4 to care and 5 and e star e Mecklenburg progr duca arly ams. tion County live in families where all care givers work outside the home. Therefore, over 79% of Smart Start’s funding is invested in Early Care & Education, including subsidy.3
  7. 7. • Bank of America • First United Methodist CDC• Black Forest Books & Toys • Foundation for the Carolinas• Cardinal Lane Book Fairs • Starbucks Coffee• Children & Family Services Center • SunTrust Bank• Civic Plus • Thompson Child & Family Focus Please Note: Private donors are not listed. 8
  8. 8. Infant- tin g in the articipa custom ized class rooms p ceived 96% of e re ram Initiativ se prog Quality em t o increa ts. Toddler wing th essmen t ion allo re-P ost Ass interven ed by P ild care y as measur mily ch qualit nters an d fa Initiativ e care ce Main tenance eiv- f child Quality fter rec 100% o Guard: r rating a in Star their sta sistanc e, homes a intained nical as ed or m ech increas mized t rainin g, custo ework. ing group t lleg e cours ip t and co eadersh /eq uipmen Dire ctors’ L aterials ating inclas sroom m s particip ion plan . min istrator om t heir act t care ad goals fr nsultan 98% of child t lea st four He alth Co ieved a ild Care . Partici- cade my ach ed w ith a Ch ssionals A ork rofe ent s that w d care p provem re facilitie ot her chil s cr eated im child ca gram to e home l materia ls 99% of end the pro yc hild car du cationa ecomm nd famil n and e would r enters a nsultatio ograms . g child care c ing, co their pr patin n-s ite train s in eived o change goals and rec g positive in makin to ass ist them 4
  9. 9. FAMILY SUPPORTNurse-Family PartnershipRaising a ReaderResource and ReferralRight Start-Parent for Life EARLY CARE & EDUCATIONSafe Journey’s Parents as Teachers Central Avenue Bilingual PreschoolSmart Start Healthy Families Mecklenburg Child Care Health ConsultantsSupport for Homeless Families with Preschool Children Child Care SubsidyThe Incredible Years Director’s Leadership AcademyYMCA Parents as Teachers Early Childhood Teacher Education Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen Infant Toddler Quality Initiative Lakewood Preschool CooperativeHEALTH North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K)Polliwog Project Reach for the StarsPresbyterian Hospital Early Childhood Intervention Smart Start Education Award & Textbook Support Smart Start Rewarding Excellence Smart Start Success @ Online Learning Star Guard: Quality Maintenance InitiativeOTHER The Learning CollaborativeParent and Community Education Thompson Child Development CenterProgram Evaluation/Management7
  10. 10. P Poor health can hinder a young child’s growth, educa- ti and development, thereby preventing them from tion a achieving their full potential when they enter school. S Smart Start funds programs to reduce health risks, id identify children with unmet health concerns, and help y young children obtain the services they need to be s successful. 91% of children enrolled in the Polliwog Project who received behavioral support, including a DECA-C Assessment, shared an increase in protective factors and a decrease in behavioral concerns.303 infants and children were referred to Children’s DevelopmentalServices or the Health Department from Presbyterian Hospital’s EarlyIntervention Specialist. 5
  11. 11. Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Other Expenditures $374,320 (2.9%) Child Care Subsidy $5,278,069 (40.5%) Family Support $1,491,732 (11.4%) Health & Safety$552,688 (4.2%) Administration $531,772 (4.1%) Non-TraditionalChild Care Subsidy $1,048,782 (8.0%) Early Care & Education $3,770,280 (28.9%) 6