Enriching the family – WAGES

A’Ja Holloway let her mother, Nikki Battle, help her glue brightly colored feathers onto her cutout wings.

But when it came time to place the stickers, the 3-year-old wanted to do it all herself. She even tried to help her mother write her name on each wing.

The decorating complete, A’Ja donned her wings and headed out with her mother to enjoy the many other activities at Thursday afternoon’s Family Enrichment Day on the WAGES campus on Royall Avenue.

It was WAGES’ first Family Enrichment Day, but the plan is to make it an annual event, said Martha Durhal, WAGES director of children and family services. Read more here.

Durham Head Start receives $4M grant expansion

Reported by ABC 11
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 04:02PM
DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) —
Durham Head Start announced Tuesday that it was awarded a $4.25 million grant to expand its enrollment.

The program is expected to increase by 160 infants and toddlers. Those children will be added to the program’s current enrollment of 323 pre-kindergarten students age 3 and 4.

Approximately 80 additional Early Head Start students will be served at current Head Start centers on West Seminary Street and Liberty Street beginning this fall.

The program is in the process of securing additional classrooms and office space to serve the remaining Early Head Start students.

“These newly renovated centers will provide a unique opportunity for some children and their families to experience Head Start and Early Head Start for up to five years,” said Terry David, director of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Chapel Hill and Durham. “We are proud to offer high-quality early childhood educational services to the Durham community, services that will have a positive effect on children and families that lasts a lifetime.”

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David said the Head Start centers in Durham will hold a job fair on Thursday, June 1, at the Durham Armory for the positions of Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Classroom Aide.

The centers are accepting applications for fall enrollment. The job fair begins at 9:00 a.m.

Head Start provides a full array of services including:
Safe, high-quality, 5-star child care that matches the needs of families

Developmentally appropriate academic classrooms that prepare children to succeed in school and life

Health and developmental screening

Assistance with dental oral health screening, exams, and treatment

Support with obtaining a medical home for each child to include well child checks and medical treatment

Two-thirds of a child’s daily nutritional requirements

Special services for children with special needs in collaboration with the public schools, specialist, and other community resources

For more information, contact Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project Director of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Terry David, at 919-688-5541, ext. 235.

Addressing Child Maltreatment by Promoting Family Economic Opportunity

Source: The Voice for North Carolina’s ChildrenNCChild15

North Carolina’s child welfare system, where we provide support and services for victims of abuse and neglect and their families, has been under a fair amount of scrutiny lately: a federal review found that NC didn’t achieve a single federally required outcome. North Carolina leaders have signaled that they mean to address the problems identified in the federal review. We hope they do, but we also hope that they zero in on one of the strongest predictors of child maltreatment—poverty.

Read the full article here.

Early Head Start Expansion and EHS Child Care Partnership Grants

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $135 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Interested applicants may email EHS.CCPartnerships@acf.hhs.gov for additional information.

See this page for more: https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73942

North Carolina Head Start Association Expands New Frame Services

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CONTACT: Christy Jones | 336-905-0428 | christy@newframellc.com

The North Carolina Head Start Association announced Monday, January 4, it was expanding the role of New Frame in 2016 to include management of the early childhood education organization’s administration, communications, and long-term growth.

New Frame will dedicate two staff members to the project: Brian Lewis, the managing partner at New Frame, who has extensive nonprofit management experience in North Carolina; and Christy Jones, a former classroom kindergarten teacher with a Master’s degree in special education, who will manage the daily operations.

“We look forward to partnering with New Frame to advocate for children in North Carolina who depend on Head Start and/or Early Head Start for early childhood education, health and family support services,” said Patricia Beier, the president of NCHSA and the Head Start/Early Head Start Director for WAGES in Goldsboro, NC. “Our relationship with Brian and Christy goes back to 2014 with their representation of our agencies in Congress and at the General Assembly. We look forward to more comprehensive services in 2016 and a leadership role for this agency as we advocate for North Carolina’s most vulnerable children and families.”

The new services to NCHSA include daily management and administration, planning and strategic initiatives, conference planning, marketing, public relations, image consulting, membership, and media relations. New Frame will also implement a plan to help NCHSA expand its membership.

“We are humbled by the North Carolinas Head Start Association’s trust they are placing in our work,” said Brian Lewis, who served as an executive director for two statewide nonprofits, including the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children, a lobbying organization in the state. “We have a dynamic communications plan, both externally and internally, to implement for the agencies under the Head Start umbrella in North Carolina.”

The North Carolina Head Start Association represents North Carolina Head Start agencies,federally funded comprehensive programs that meets the emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs of children and their families.

New Frame is a bipartisan lobbying and communications firm with a strong track record of working with legislators and elected officials from both political parties and philosophies to find common ground on North Carolina issues.

National Head Start Association Statement on FY’16 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Take from NHSA.ORG

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congress released a FY’16 omnibus appropriations bill that includes a significant increase in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start.

The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:

“The bipartisan FY’16 omnibus appropriations bill now before Congress reflects a powerful national commitment to our country’s must vulnerable children. We are encouraged that the funding agreement includes $9.17 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start – an increase of $570 million. The increase will support critical investments to strengthen quality and expand access for infants and toddlers. It includes funds to stabilize, develop and grow the Head Start workforce, as well as support Head Start programs as they expand their services to a full school day and year. We will continue working with our national leaders to ensure access to high quality Head Start programs, because we believe that the economic prosperity and security of our nation are absolutely dependent upon our sustained investment in the early education, health, and well-being of at-risk children and families. The Head Start community thanks the leadership of the Appropriations Committees in both the House and the Senate for their bipartisan compromise – the FY’16 omnibus appropriations bill is an encouraging step forward in our shared commitment to ensuring every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the opportunity to succeed. We are hopeful Congress will act swiftly to pass the bill so it can move to the President’s desk for signature.”

Additional information about the National Head Start Association can be found at www.nhsa.org.

William Cheung, from Head Start to Yale

willCWhen Helen Cheung and her husband relocated to Alexander County over 20 years ago, they began the search for a preschool program for their son Kevin.  Helen and her husband submitted an application for Kevin to attend Head Start.  The family was over the income limit so Kevin did not attend.  When Helen was seven months pregnant with the couple’s second child, William, her husband died suddenly  leaving Helen, now a single parent to raise Kevin and William.

When William was three years old, Helen submitted an application for William to attend Head Start and he was accepted into the program, attending from 1999-2001. Head Start Director, Macy Jones was employed with the Head Start program when William attended. She remembers William being a very serious and attentive child. “ Everything  William did,  he did it with a purpose. You could tell, even at 3 years old, he had a plan, a purpose and a vision for whatever he was building or playing with, whether it was inside the classroom or outside on the playground.”

Now fast –forward from 2001, Williams last year in Head Start to June 11, 2015, when William Cheung, former Head Start student surpassed over 350 high school students and graduated as the Valedictorian for Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC.  William has plans that no doubt will lead to a successful, perhaps global career.

He applied to and was accepted to several prestigious colleges and universities. He chose Yale University in Connecticut. William says he is excited about this new phase of his life, but he had no idea there was so much to do (like getting a TB shot) before he ever gets to the university.

Helen Cheung, William’s mother and owner of the Oriental Café in Taylorsville, said she is very proud of both Kevin and William. She is grateful that William started his career path by attending Head Start.