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2013 Annual Report

  1. 1. H I N D S C O U N T Y H U M A N R E S O U R C E A G E N C Y 2013 Annual Report h e l p i n g f a m i l i e s , s t r e n g t h e n i n g c o m m u n i t i e s
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  3. 3. As we close another fiscal year, we are excited about our accomplishments. Though our programs were impacted by the federal sequester, we were able to push forward and continue providing all of our current programs and the same quality of service to our citizens. Not knowing what the future holds in the upcoming fiscal year, HCHRA remains poised to continue our efforts to help thousands of individuals and families. This annual report provides highlights from HCHRA’s activities and accomplishments for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013. While this report provides statistical information reflecting the Agency’s dedication and loyalty to the children and families served in Hinds County, Mississippi, comments from parents and clients are also included to better reflect the lives that the statistics represent and to show the impact that our program has on these lives. As we reflect on the achievements of the past year, I am confident that with the help of our many supporters and the commitment of our entire team, there will be many more accomplishments for HCHRA in the ensuing year. HCHRA desires to successfully prepare children for bright futures and help disadvantaged families by helping to break cycles of poverty that continue to bind and destroy dreams and dreamers. We hope that this report will provide insight on the importance of Community Action Agencies, especially Hinds County Human Resource Agency. We thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Kenn Cockrell President & CEO L E T T E R F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T & C E O HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 1 “HCHRA desires to successfully prepare children for bright futures and help disadvantaged families by helping to break cycles of poverty that continue to bind and destroy dreams and dreamers.”
  4. 4. The Beginning: Community Action Agencies In 1961, President John F. Kennedy’s Council on Juvenile Delinquency, one of his “New Frontier” initiatives, along with the Ford Foundation and the City of New York, funded Mobilization for Youth (MFY) to correct conditions that led to juvenile delinquency. MFY organized neighborhood councils composed of neighbors, local officials, service providers, school boards and city councils to implement plans. The concept was called community action, and it looked like an effective and inexpensive way to solve problems. The Ford Foundation was funding other projects, including one in New Haven, Connecticut, which recruited people from all sectors of the community to come together to plan and implement programs to help low-income people. MFY and New Haven are often cited as the models for Community Action Agencies. Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) is a Community Action Agency. In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson expanded the policy ideas initiated in the Kennedy administration in his War on Poverty, and the Office of Economic Opportunity was born. New education, employment, training, and work experience programs were begun. Congress bypassed state and local governments and provided directfundingofcommunitygroups,thefoundationofthecommunityactionconcept. Community Action In Hinds County Inthesummerof1967,HCHRA’sprogenitorwascreatedastheCommunityServices Association. This Agency was discontinued in June 1975 and reborn as HCHRA in April 1976. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors became the sponsoring agency of HCHRA and provided financial and other support. The City of Jackson donated space and resources. Former executive directors of Community Services Association, listed chronologically, were Henri Franks, E.L. Lipscomb, Joe W. Hemingway, Ben Bradley, Emma Sanders, and Colonel James Davis. Former executive directors of HCHRA, listed chronologically from April 1976, were Rudolph Jackson, Charles Jones, and Curtis Jordan. Kenn Cockrell, current executive director, assumed this position in July 1993. He had previously served as interim director of HCHRA for three months in the spring of 1991, and as deputy executive director from 1987 to1993. Historically, the Agency has administered a wide expanse of programs designed to assistthoseinthecountywhomostneededhelp.Fromthestart,familiesandyouthwere primary focal points. The first programs offered included Head Start, Neighborhood Youth Corps, youth development, summer recreation, family planning, legal services, comprehensive health, emergency medical and food services, and alcohol abuse services. As new community needs were identified, programs were tailored to help meetthem.Theseincludedflooddisasterrelief,transportation,energycrisisassistance, weatherization of homes, a food bank, the Hunger Coalition, a tutorial program for youth offenders, day care, and rental assistance. A B O U T H C H R AHCHRA is the community action agency for Hinds County, Mississippi, and has provided services to low-income citizens for more than 37 years. By continuing to develop opportunities for success, HCHRA works methodically to lift families and communities out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. 2013 HCHRA Volunteer Board of Directors • Wayne Goodwin, Chairman • Andrea McDaniel,Vice Chairman • Gisele Champlin, Secretary • Karen Quay, Assistant Secretary • Ann Burton • Brenda Butler • Gloria Green, Attorney • Geraldine Haslett • Donald McWilliams, CPA • Dr. Ronald Moore • Lolita Ross • George Smith • Priscilla Sterling • GlennWilkerson 2 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report
  5. 5. Agency Overview HCHRA is the Community Action Agency for Hinds County, Mississippi, and has provided services to low-income citizens for more than 37 years. By continuing to develop opportunities for success, HCHRA works methodically to lift families and communities out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. HCHRA’s mission is to empower Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential, and we continue to move this mission forward by providing an array of comprehensive programs and services focusing on early childhood development and human services. Through the Head Start/Early Head Start Programs and Department of Community Programs and Services (DCP), HCHRA works to address the needs of families holistically. Led by President and CEO, Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA employs approximately 400 individuals. A 15-member Board of Directors representing the public sector, private sector, and the poor provides oversight and establishes policy for the Agency. Each year more than 30,000 citizens are served through the Agency’s three Neighborhood ServiceCenters,thirteenHeadStartcenters,twoHeadStartsatellitesites,andfourEarly Head Start facilities. HCHRA’s vision is to become an agency that is able to successfully coordinate and integrate all available resources and services for the impoverished and disenfranchised citizens within Hinds County. Going Forward • HCHRA will stream-line processes, automate systems, conduct holistic client assessments and implement other innovative approaches to remain customer-based and outcome-focused by furthering development in Community Action’s three core levels of service: family, agency and community. • HCHRAwillimproveprogramstabilitybydevelopingandfollowingacomprehensive strategic plan that is developed through a comprehensive needs assessment of the agency and community to improve the range and administration of services offered to our clients and families. • HCHRAwillexpandandincreaseopportunitiesandimprovedirectservicestobetter serve vulnerable populations including pre-school children, the elderly, citizens with disabilities and the working poor. • HCHRA looks to improve its community by renovating and constructing Head Start centers and Neighborhood Service Centers; increase community resource development by maintaining a strong volunteer program; and increase partnerships and coalition building to expand collaborative efforts to avoid service duplication or overlapping for our clients and families. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 3 HCHRA Policy Council • Alicia Jackson, Chairman • Chera Harper,Vice Chairman • Andrea McDaniel HCHRA Board Liaison • Kyla Chase, Secretary • Tameka Stamps, Assistant Secretary • Doris Blalock Community Representative • Zandra Branch Community Representative • Kenitra Bullie Community Representative • Amanda Coleman Community Representative • Brad Collier Community Representative • Nykia Cooper-Townsend Welcome Center • Heather Furlow Eulander Kendrick Center • Felicia Harley, Martin Center • Sheena Harris, Mary C. Jones Center • Mario Hays, Sr. Community Representative • Erica Jackson Della J. Caugills Early Head Start Center • Kendra Johnson Community Representative • Larhonda Johnson Willowood Developmental Center • DeLisa Jones, South Jackson Center • Eric Lollis, Community Representative • Deborah Martin, Midtown Center • Annie Morgan,Westside Center • Adama Rodgers, Holy Ghost Center • Rosalind Shearry Annie S. Smith-Tougaloo Early Head Start Center • Nakeithea Stuckey Richard Brandon Center • KatrinaWallace Isable Elementary School • RobertaWatkins, Edwards Center • EllaWooten Oak Forest Early Head Start Center • Edwards Early Head Start Center (Vacant) HCHRA’s vision is to become an agency that is able to successfully coordinate and integrate all available resources and services for the impoverished and disenfranchised citizens within Hinds County.
  6. 6. Early Head Start Centers 1Annie Smith – Tougaloo / 132 Vine Street, 601-956-3397 Edwards / 105 Williamson Avenue, 601-852-5364 or 601-852-4798 Oak Forest / 3023 Ridgeland Drive, 601-371-1415 or 601-371-1420 Della J. Caugills / 3383 Terry Road, 601-371-4270 Head Start Centers Richard Brandon / 5920 N. State Street, 601-956-2865 Edwards / 105 Williamson Avenue, 601-852-4771 Gertrude Ellis / 7293 Gary Road, 601-371-1704 or 601-371-1469 Holy Ghost / 1145 Cloister Street, 601-354-1451 Isable Elementary School (Satellite Head Start Classroom) / 1716 Isable Street, 601-960-5310 Mary C. Jones / 2050 Martin Luther King Drive, 601-353-5891 Eulander Kendrick / 642 Morgan Drive, 601-878-5232 Martin / 555 Roach Street, 601-355-5416 Midtown / 134 E. Fortification Street, 601-353-6389 Oak Forest / 3023 Ridgeland Drive, 601-371-1415 or 601-371-1420 St. Thomas / 3850 Norrell Road, 601-866-7619 South Jackson / 3020 Grey Boulevard, 601-371-2156 Welcome / 2873 Old Adams Station Road, 601-885-8103 Westside / 1450 Wiggins Road, 601-922-0542 Willowood Developmental Center (Satellite Head Start Classroom) 1635 Boling Street, 601-366-0123 ext. 116 T: Limited transportation is provided at these designated Head Start Centers. T T T T T T Success Stories One of our greatest stories of progress and achievement this school year is about a three- year-oldstudentwithDown’ssyndrome.We’llcall her“Hope.”WhenHope’smotherwassixmonths pregnant with her, the doctors determined that she would be born with Down’s syndrome. Her parentswereconvincedthatnoonecouldpossibly care for Hope the way they would. So, they decided that the mother would quit her job to stayhomeandcareforHopeonceshewasborn. There was a Head Start center near their home; but some friends at church suggested that Head Start would not adequately meet her needs and strongly felt that Hope would get much better education and care at a private day care center located in a neighboring county. Hope’s parents weren’t sure how they could afford day care, but it would be necessary. Hope’s parents researched their options. At the invitation of the staff, they scheduledavisittotheHeadStartcentertodiscuss Hope’s needs and what services the center could offer. Hesitant, but willing to give it a try, Hope’s parentsenrolledherattheHeadStartcenter. Upon her enrollment, the Head Start staff immediately paired Hope with a disability aide, and set up language therapy sessions, as well as special instructional services sessions. The disability aide said that she and the other staff immediately fell in love with Hope’s beautiful spiritandsawthatshehadthepotentialtomake great progress. Within one month, Hope was potty trained and would let you know she had togobytellingyouwhileshewasrunningtothe restroom. She was sitting at the table for meals and instruction; and could now properly hold a forkandspoon.Overthecourseoftheschoolyear, Hopebeganusingwordsandformingsentences. She learned to properly hold a pencil and wash her hands while singing her version of “Old McDonald.” During one of their many conversations, the disability services specialist provided information toHope’smotheronhowtoapplyforSSIbenefits, given Hope’s diagnosis. As a result, Hope now receives financial assistance to help her parents coverthecostsofherspecializedcare. Serving All of Hinds County Hinds County Human Resource Agency has 17 Head Start and Early Head Start Centers located throughout Hinds County. Clients and Head Start families can obtain services at one of the Agency’s three Neighborhood Service Centers and at its Central Office location, which are also conveniently located throughout the county. [Continued page 5] 1 2 3 4 5 2 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 3 13 14 15 16 17 4 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report
  7. 7. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 5 Neighborhood Service Centers Edwards NSC / 105 Williamson Avenue, Edwards, MS Shady Grove NSC / 2118 Ridgeway Street, Jackson, MS Fannie Jackson NSC / 630 Morgan Drive, Terry, MS HCHRA Central Office 258 Maddox Road, Jackson, MS Hope’s development, academic progress, and the financialassistanceshereceivedwererewardsfar greater than any the family expected; but Hope’s independencewashermother’sgreatestreward. • Ms. Shawana Pierce is the epitome of strength and perseverance.When her son was a HeadStartstudent,shesigneduptoattendnight classes to prepare to get her GED. Due to some personal challenges, she dropped out of the class,butnever forgotthe life lessons and words ofencouragementfromtheteacherswhohelped her to realize that she was something special. Remembering those words of encouragement and wanting to be the best example for her children, Ms. Pierce went to a church member and borrowed just enough money to register to take the GED exam and passed; and she immediately enrolled in Hinds Community College.Whileattendingcollege,shelostherjob, her daughter became ill, and Ms. Pierce had to withdraw from school. She came to the Agency seekingassistancewithutilitybillstostabilizeher home life, but found a whole lot more. During orientation,shelearnedofjobopeningswiththe Agencyandappliedforapositionasabusdriver for the Head Start program. Her case manager connected her with the “Dress for Success” program, which fitted her with business attire and helped her prepare for the interview. She was hired.The Agency was also able to provide her with tuition assistance which allowed her to go back to school and earn her associate degree from Hinds. Ms. Pierce continues to work for Head Start and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degreeinSocialWorkatJacksonStateUniversity. The mailing address for HCHRA and all of its Head Start Centers is P.O. Box 22657, Jackson, MS 39225-2657. HCHRA has 17 Head Start and Early Head Start Centers located throughout Hinds County.
  8. 8. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, HCHRA continued its mission of empowering disadvantagedcitizenstobecomeself-reliantandrealizetheirfullpotentialbyproviding direct and indirect services. More than 30,000 citizens in Hinds County were assisted through HCHRA programs. ClientsServedThroughHCHRACommunityProgramsandServices H I N D S C O U N T Y H U M A N R E S O U R C E A G E N C Y P R O G R A M S 6 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Program Outcomes 144 people gained employment; 105 obtained skills for employment. 2,066 elderly household nutritional needs were met. 2,057 infants and children obtained age-appropriate immunizations, medical, and dental care. 2,355 infants’ and children’s health and physical development were improved as a result of adequate nutrition. 1,023 children who participated in pre-school activities were developmentally ready to enter Kindergarten. Over 4,500 people, including the elderly and citizens with disabilities were transported. More than $1.5 million returned to the Hinds County economy through tax services. 26% n Black or African American (91%) n White (9%) Race 91% 9% 8% 7% n 0-5 (4%) n 6-11 (6%) n 12-17 (7%) n 18-23 (8%) n 24-44 (26%) n 45-54 (26%) n 55-69 (18%) n 70+ (5%) Ages 26% 18% 6% 5% 4% HCHRA continues its mission of empowering disadvantaged citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.
  9. 9. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 7 Program Outputs 7,635 families received home energy assistance. 8,200 pre-plated lunches were served through congregate meals program. 14,174 meals were delivered to homes in Hinds County. 2,355 children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start; 28 pregnant women were enrolled in Early Head Start. 285,887 miles were driven covering 48,575 trips via the rural transportation programs for citizens, including the elderly and disabled. 604 citizens received tax services. n 0-8 (4%) n 9-12/Non-Graduate (17%) n High School Graduate/GED (42%) n 12+ Some Post-Secondary (27%) n 2 or 4 Year College Graduate (10%) Education 4% 42% 17% 27% 10% Family Type n Single Parent Female (26%) n Single Parent Male (3%) n Two-Parent Household (8%) n Single Person (56%) n Two Adults No Children (7%) 3% 8% 26% 56% ClientsServedThroughHCHRACommunityProgramsandServices Of the total volunteer hours contributed by the community, 384,862 hours were donated by low-income individuals to Commumity Action, which equals to 185 full-time employees. Total Volunteer Hours: 397,720 97% from individuals of low-income ContributedHo urs 7%
  10. 10. 8 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report CommunityServiceBlockGrant(CSBG) Arangeofopportunitiesincludingemployment,education,incomemanagement, housing, transportation, health and safety, and nutrition is provided by CSBG. While these services and activities have measurable outcomes, they also have a potentially major impact on poverty in Hinds County. Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the MDHS Division of Community Services LowIncomeHomeEnergyAssistanceProgram(LIHEAP) Designed to assist low-income households with paying household energy bills, LIHEAP offers special provisions to reach and serve homebound, elderly and disabled persons in Hinds County. Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the MDHS Division of Community Services VolunteerIncomeTaxAssistance(VITA)/EarnedIncome TaxCreditProgram(EITC) VITA provides free tax preparation for low to moderate income wage earners in Hinds County. Funding Source: United Way of the Capital Area 2,498 families received energy efficient light bulbs. 7,884 received fuel assistance. Over 10,500 individuals in 3,576 unduplicated households received LIHEAP assistance. 110 fans and 15air conditioners were distributed to seniors, disabled and low-income families through a partnership with Entergy. LIHEAP Data CSBG Snapshot 105 obtained skills/competencies required for employment 144 were unemployed and obtained a job 65 achieved “living wage” employment and/or benefits 223 were prevented from being homeless 604 = $1.5 million Returned to Hinds County Returns were completed HCHRA offers a set of services that are tailored and coordinated to meet the complex needs in multiple life domains, either sequentially or concurrently, of a specific individual or family at a specific point in time based on the individual’s/family’s goals.
  11. 11. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 9 RuralPublicTransportationProgram Offering safe, reliable and accessible transportation to citizens of rural Hinds County is the primary goal of this program. Priority is placed on serving the elderly and disabled. HCHRA provides demand response, fixed route and contractual services in accordance with its sub-grant agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Funding Source: Federal Transit Administration through the Mississippi Department of Transportation TitleXXandTitleIIIBTransportationPrograms Title XX and Title IIIB Transportation Programs help elderly residents in Hinds County maintain their independence and mobility by providing them with transportation to obtain goods and services, which include medical and dental treatment, social and community services. This program provides nearly 40,000 trips for seniors every year. Funding Source: Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services through the Central Mississippi Area Agency on Aging Passenger Data 7,993 General Public/Other (17%) 39,663 Elderly (81%) 919 Disabled (2%) Jackson 55 “Serving all of Hinds County” Trip Data n Nutrition 33,823 (69.6%) n Employment 6,285 (12.9%) n Shopping/Personal 5,601 (11.5%) n Other 2,324 (4.8%) n Education/Training 420 (.9%) n Medical 105 (.2%) 69.6% 4.8% 12.9% 11.5% .9% .2%
  12. 12. 10 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Home Delivered Meals 39,405 Meals Served 1,342 Seniors Congregate Meals 9,025 Meals Served 711 Seniors SeniorMealsPrograms • Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) HCHRA’s Rural Trans- portation Program provides nutritious and well-balanced meals five days a week to elderly and disabled persons in Hinds County who are unable to leave home without assis- tance. • Congregate Meals Through a partnership with United Way, HCHRA provides the more seasoned citizens in the community with this program, which offers meals at sites where the seniors can meet, participate in activities, and socialize. Funding Source: Central Mississippi Planning and Development District Retired&SeniorVolunteerProgram Operating in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties, this program assists individuals age 55 and older with identifying volunteer opportunities that put their skills and life experiences to work for their communities. Funding Source: Corporation for National and Community Service Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 131 Volunteers 9,509 Hours Served
  13. 13. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 11 Hinds County Human Resource Agency is committed to ensuring that children who finish our Head Start program are prepared when they enter the kindergarten program. H E A D S T A R T / E A R L Y H E A D S T A R T P R O G R A M I N F O R M A T I O N HCHRA administers the Head Start Program offering comprehensive child development services to more than 2,000 pre-school children in Hinds County. The program has experienced exponential growth since starting in 1986 with 800 children enrolled. HCHRA now operates 13 (thirteen) Head Start Centers and two (2) satellite classrooms, serving toddlers ages 3 and 4, and four (4) Early Head Start Programs, which serve eligible expecting mothers and children (from birth to age three). HCHRA’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs served 2,355 children (including 66 who received special education) during the 2012-2013 school year. HCHRA staff attended to the developmental needs of these children in 106 classrooms, five days a week, for 182-216 days per year, for a minimum of six hours each day. 1,023 children were developmentally ready to enter kindergarten in 2013. Twenty-eight pregnant women also received support through the Early Head Start program. Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Mississippi State Department of Education, Child and Adult Care Food Program also provides reimbursement for the operation of child nutrition services Enrollment Data 2,355 Total Enrollment Early Head Start n Under 1 (29) n 2 year old (21) n 3 year old (32) n Pregnant Women (28) n 2 year old (65) n 3 year old (1,013) n 4 year old (1,167) Head Start 1,023 Kindergarten Ready 1,013 1,167 “Since my children were accepted in Head Start, not only was I able to continue my education, but I was given the opportunity to complete my intern at my children’s Head Start center.” – E.W. “My daughter was born three months early and I was told she would never be on the same level as other kids her age. But, I must say, she is experiencing something different at Head Start. Thanks for the time, patience and knowledge you have given my child.” – M.S.
  14. 14. 12 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Staff Professional Development Each school year begins with Pre-Service training.Thetrainingsessionshelptoorientate current and new staff to Head Start policies and procedures. Listed below are some of the various topics covered during Pre-Service: General • OSHA Compliance • Child Abuse and Neglect Identification and Reporting • Reducing StressThroughTeamwork • Bus Monitoring/Bus Stop Procedures • EffectiveTechniques for Challenging Behaviors Children’s Services Division • Language,Vocabulary and Literacy Development • Early Math • Classroom Operational Procedures • Corporal Punishment Policy • Supervision of Children • Computerized Anecdotal Notes Nutrition Services Division • Menu Components • Accurate Records Maintenance • USDA Food Buying Guide Instruction • Food Protection Guide Instruction • Inventory Maintenance Facilities & Field Services Division • Work Place Safety Transportation • Transportation Safety Head Start & Early Head Start Teacher Qualifications Baccalaureate Degree Advanced Degree Associate Degree n Head Start Teacher n Early Head Start Teacher 21 4 66 19 24 Teacher Data Race: 244 – Black or African American 4 – White 111 114 23 Head Start Head Start Teacher Early Head Start Teachers Assistants Teachers Head Start Teacher Assistant Qualifications Baccalaureate Degree Child Dev. Associate Advanced Degree Associate Degree No Qualifications n Enrolled in Baccalaureate Prog. (14) n Enrolled in Associate Degree Prog. (12) n Enrolled in CDA (8) 3 3 8 810 4 4 21 46 9 2
  15. 15. The children in our Head Start and Early Head Start programs represent a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds including African American (2,270), Hispanic/Latino (32), White (24), and Biracial/Multi-racial (27). HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 13 Children Served: 2,245 – Head Start 110 – Early Head Start Families Served: 2,093 – Head Start 101 – Early Head Start Average Monthly Enrollment Head Start/Early Head Start: 100% Eligible Children Served: 95% Enrollment Below Federal Poverty Line: 1,726 – Head Start 78 – Early Head Start Transportation: 420 – Head Start N/A – Early Head Start • Data from 2012-13 Program Information Report (PIR) The children in our program represent a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. n Black or African American (107) n Multi-Racial (3) Head Start Children n African American (2,163) n Hispanic (32) n White (24) n Multi-Racial (24) n Unspecified (2) Early Head Start Children 107 2,163
  16. 16. “Our child has Down Syndrome. The social worker at the center told us about the many services available through the Head Start program and helped us make an informed decision about sending our child to Head Start.” – H.F. Head Start parents can be assured after leaving their children with Head Start staff, they will have been cared for and given sound educational instruction. • Of the 327 two-parent families we serve, 196 have only one parent/ guardian employed. 420 Head Start Children Transported Daily 14 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report To help aid parents/guardians with reliable transportation to school, HCHRA transported 420 Head Start children daily. In addition to many other HCHRA Head Start services, medical and dental screenings and care were provided to over 90% of enrolled children. To further meet their health needs, mental health and disability services were made available to the children/families we served. Total Families Head Start & Early Head Start 2,194 Health Insurance Medical Access Dental Services Well-Child Check-Ups 2,070 1,957 2,051 2,210 1,287 1,975 1,705 2,169 0 n Single-parent (1,867) n Two-parent (327) 1,867 327 n Unemployed (1,075) n Employed (1,119) 1,075 1,119 287,668 meals were served to children throughout the school year. 83 children identified to receive disability servicesn At Enrollment n End of School Year Additional Services Provided
  17. 17. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 15 HCHRA administers the Head Start Program offering comprehensive child development services to more than 2,000 pre-school children in Hinds County. The program has experienced exponential growth since starting in 1986 with 800 children enrolled. 1,023 children were developmentally ready to enter kindergarten. • Volunteers: 1,831 Head Start Volunteers 586 Agency Volunteers 397,720 Total Volunteer Hours Family Services Head Start not only prides itself on the educational instruction of our children, but also on the benefit of providing empowerment services to our families. In addition to providing an education to our children, we provided 549 Head Start families and 42 Early Head Start parents with assistance in one or more of the following areas: emergency/crisis, mental health, parenting education, housing assistance, job training, substance abuse prevention and treatment, adult education, child abuse and neglect services, and domestic abuse. Parents’ Education Level n Associate Degree, Vocational School, or some college (1,076) n High School Graduate or GED (599) n Less than High School Graduate (479) n Advanced Degree or Baccalaureate Degree (30) 599 479 1,076 Parents Attending Job Training/School n Not Attending Job Training/ School (2,002) n Attending Job Training/ School (192) 2,002 192
  18. 18. 16 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Galileo Online AssessmentTechnology Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Head Start Program utilizes the Galileo Online Assessment Technology to assess all children twice yearly. This process helps not only to determine a child’s present achievement level, but also to develop learning plans as needed for each child. The chart below reflects outcomes in our six domains of learning for each assessment period in 2012-2013. SixDomains ofLearning PercentageLearned PeriodOne PercentageLearned PeriodTwo Overall Improvement Early Math 32% 64% 32% Language 52% 81% 29% Literacy 35% 66% 31% Nature & Science 27% 55% 28% Physical Development & Health 44% 74% 30% Social & Emotional Development 43% 70% 27% (Period One: August 2012-Decemeber 2012 / Period Two: January 2013-July 2013) “Head Start taught my son the importance of empathy, respect, patience and determination. You taught him how to feel valued among his peers and how to be a team player. With the loving environment you created, you always made him feel connected, capable and courageous, and you always made him feel that he counts.” – L.M. • “I am grateful to Head Start for helping to provide housing for my 3 year old daughter and me while we were homeless.” – J.J. Child Outcomes in Domains of Learning Period2Period1 32% 64% 52% 81% 35% 66% 27% 55% 44% 74% 43% 70% Legend: n Early Math n Language n Literacy n Nature & Science n Physical Development & Health n Social & Emotional Development
  19. 19. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 17 Activity Parent’sRole At-Home Curriculum Support Activity Calendar Share time each day of the month with children doing the various outlined activities Parental Educational Continuum Request Form Document input on the specific skills they wish to be implemented in the classroom/curriculum Galileo Individual Development Profiles With teacher, review information issued as a guide to measure and track children’s skills sta- tus and as a tool for sharing skills that parents would like for their children to learn Volunteer Opportunities Attend/Assist on field trips including transition- al field trips (those taken as children transition from Head Start to public schools) OtherParent InvolvmentActivities SupportingYour Child’s EducationWorkshop Financial Resources for Higher Education Healthy Marriage Workshops Parent Newsletters GovernanceTraining Parenting Support Group Leadership Development Parent Education FieldTrips Child Abuse Prevention GED Classes Parent Involvement & Support Activities to encourage parental involvement and on-going support: Parent involvement is essentially an on-going cycle of support: Throughout the school year, parents have numerous opportunities to volunteer and participate in activities at their child’s center. At Head Start we understand the earlier parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects. HCHRA has SMART Board interactive whiteboards in all Head Start classrooms. This innovative technology offers children a hands- on, interactive approach to learning opportunities. SMART Boards have increased children’s technological skills. Our highly qualified staff fosters partnerships with parents/families, school district staff, community partners, decision-makers, and others to ensure the appropriate goals are established to improve school readiness for children participating in Head Start and Early Head Start.
  20. 20. 18 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Early Head Start Head Start 2013 Expenditures 2014 Budget n Personnel Costs $666,374.97 $714,233.00 n Fringe Benefits $206,077.43 $228,555.00 n Travel $0.00 n Supplies $50,736.20 $35,616.00 n Rents $6,159.96 $2,500.00 n Property & Equipment $0.00 $0.00 n Contractual Services $0.00 $6,750.00 n Repairs & Maintenance $7,988.12 $6,014.00 n T&TA $0.00 $200.00 n Food & Meal Costs $15,138.90 $25,000.00 n Grantee Inkind $172,804.03 $329,861.00 n Indirect Costs $169,216.27 $188,058.00 n Other $98,966.67 $80,339.00 TOTAL $1,393,462.55 $1,617,126.00 2013 Expenditures 2014 Budget n Personnel Costs $6,114,930.84 $6,242,039.00 n Fringe Benefits $1,906,208.29 $1,997,452.00 n Travel $31,383.43 $56,704.00 n Supplies $456,511.28 $350,851.00 n Rents $158,671.16 $341,600.00 n Property & Equipment $3,015.00 $20,000.00 n Contractual Services $99,082.98 $222,240.00 n Repairs & Maintenance $233,513.29 $287,100.00 n T&TA $123,569.23 $128,697.00 n Food & Meal Costs $3,021.50 $1,000.00 n Grantee Inkind $6,343,690.18 $3,098,256.00 n Indirect Costs $1,551,522.27 $1,643,529.00 n Other $1,459,430.87 $1,133,992.00 TOTAL $18,484,550.32 $15,523,460.00 2013Expenditures2013Expenditures2014Budget2014Budget Preparing Children for the Future • HCHRA partners with Jackson, Hinds, and Clinton Public School Districts through an Interagency Partnership Agreement. This pact ensures open lines of communication, which are critical as we each work toward kindergarten readiness. • Classroom staff visit kindergarten classrooms and attend other events to become familiar withthevariouspublicschoolactivities. • HCHRA uses the Galileo Ongoing Assessment Instrument to further ensure that the learning domains (Early Math, Language and Literacy, Nature and Science, Physical Health, Social and Emotional Development, and Fine and Gross Motor Skills) match the competencies in the “Mississippi Guidelines for Four-Year- Old Children,”which is developed through the MississippiDepartmentofEducation. • HCHRA Children’s Services Division assesses four-year-olds each January in Alphabet Knowledge, Numbers, Shapes, Colors, and Name Identification andWriting. Classroom teachers receive assessment score sheets and prepare individualized activities/ experiences as further assurance that every child is prepared for kindergarten. • Volunteers Volunteering is essential to all programs. The successoftheHeadStartprogramdependsupon active participation of parents and others in the community.We have a great group of volunteers whogiveoftheirknowledge,timeandtalents.
  21. 21. HCHRA 2013 Annual Report 19 Other Agency Highlights • HCHRA held its first LIHEAP Awareness Day for seniors and citizens with disabilities. The event was held at Metrocenter Mall and more than 250 seniors or citizens with disabilities attended. Approximately 170 received LIHEAP assistance for gas or electricity. Attendees received energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs via CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program and had the opportunity to meet with representatives from City of Jackson Senior Services, Social Security Administration, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, and utility companies. Free legal services and health screenings were also provided. • Hinds County Project Head Start center administrators and Children’s Services staff are Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) reliable. CLASS is an observational tool that further encourages kindergarten readiness by focusing on boosting the effectiveness of teacher-child interaction. It also supports teachers’ unique professional development needs, sets school-wide goals, and shapes system-wide reform at the local, state, and national levels. • HCHRA implemented an apartment complex outreach effort, which resulted in an increase of approximately 125 seniors and low-income households receiving either LIHEAP or CSBG assistance. • HCHRA offered tax assistance to 600+ citizens, which yielded more than $1.5 million in tax refunds. Low to moderate income individuals and families were allowed to retain 100% of their refunds, eliminating expensive charges from tax preparers and leaving families with more money to address household obligations, establish savings accounts, and become more self-sufficient. • TheHCHRAFiscalDepartmenthasreceivedcleanauditsforthe18thconsecutive year. While managing various programs with multiple funding sources, this group of savvy professionals operates with the utmost integrity and industry knowledge. • HCHRA has SMART Board interactive whiteboards in all Head Start classrooms. This innovative technology offers children a hands-on, interactive approach to learning opportunities. SMART Boards have increased children’s technological skills and have provided space that invites active collaboration within the classroom. • HCHRA renovated parking lots at several Head Start centers throughout the school year. Construction was also completed on a new, 70-car parking lot, which included a bus loop at one of the larger centers to create greater safety and accessibility. The vast array of community services and programs HCHRA provides are made possible by public and private donations, local, state, and federal grants and contracts. Community assessments tell us that complex problems like poverty are rarely, if ever, solved with simple solutions. The environmental, emotional, physical, and social characteristics of those who live on low income are (typically) shaped by generational and societal messages, expectations, and conditions that preserve the status quo and suppress opportunities for individual development and achievement. Helping people to overcome entrenched poverty and move toward self-sufficiency requires a long-term and multi-faceted case management strategy that integrates agency and community resources.
  22. 22. 20 HCHRA 2013 Annual Report Revenue & Expenditures Hinds County Human Resource Agency is a public non-profit organization that ful- ly complies with all IRS requirements. This includes filing and providing for public inspection the Form 990. For more detailed financial information, visit our website at www.hchra.org. n Federal 19,303,321 n In Kind 6,843,694 n Other Grants/Contracts 169,166 n Donations/Investments 127,205 n Local Government 90,000 n State 11,149 TOTAL $26,544,535 n Head Start 20,756,071 n LIHEAP 2,439,171 n Child & Adult Food Program 1,426,439 n CSBG 908,766 n Rural Transportation 570,306 n Home Delivered Meals 159,601 n Other 100,983 n Congregate Meals 70,295 n RSVP 47,762 n Elderly Transportation 38,031 TOTAL $26,517,425 Revenue Expenditures HCHRA operates at the highest level of integrity and fiscal responsibility. Since 1996, HCHRA has consistently received a clean audit. For 18 consecutive years, auditors have reviewed our financial statements and found our records to be accurate, complete, and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. HCHRA strives to ensure that its operations are carried out in a highly ethical, transparent and trustworthy manner.
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