We focus on 5 critical areas necessary that help our children, families, and communities thrive. We do this by:
Having a continuous cycle of data collection, analysis, and improvement plans helps assure that we are meeting the greatest needs in our community and for those we serve.
Areas of Impact
- School Readiness
What is School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers?
People often wonder what school readiness means for infants and toddlers. We believe that school readiness actually starts during pregnancy, so we help connect expectant parents with community resources to promote a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
After the baby is born, we support school readiness for infants and toddlers by helping them foster close, secure relationships, be curious about their environment and people in it, gain self-confidence, and learn how to express themselves and their emotions. We do all of this in partnership with the parents and other family members important to the child.
We are also guided by the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Birth to Five. This tool helps ensure that we support children’s social and emotional development, their learning, language, and physical development, and their health. By doing so, we will ensure children are ready to succeed not only in school but in life as well!
- Child Development Impact
Children are born learning. From birth, infants quickly begin to develop new skills such as holding their head up, recognizing familiar faces and calming down when soothed by a loved one.
By the time a child is three years of age, their brain has grown 80% and they have developed numerous new skills. A three year old child can now have simple conversations with you, walk, engage in pretend play, and show affection.
We Promote Child Development By:
- Believing that a parent’s relationship with his or her child is the foundation of their child’s healthy development
- Screening and monitoring every child’s development to ensure that they are developing age appropriate skills
- Using a parent-friendly curriculum that offers parents activities that support and encourage their child’s growth and development
- Supporting the family as well as the child
- Partnering with other community programs to remove barriers and improve access to services for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers
- Family Development Impact
Parent and family engagement is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and nurture ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.
We partner with families and support them in developing a better understanding of their unique strengths, hopes, and challenges. Using a relationship-based approach, we support families in developing and achieving meaningful goals that promote health and wellness for the whole family.
- Community Development Impact
By working with other community programs in our service area, we can strengthen services for pregnant women and children, remove barriers, and increase access to much-needed services. We partner with other programs because we believe that supporting families is really everyone’s business and we can get more done together than by working alone.
Just like we do with families we work with, we begin by creating relationships. We learn where other programs are coming from, what’s important to them, and how we can fit into their solutions. Then we create a common vision and approach that mutually benefits both of our programs with the goal to improve services for families and children.
- Annual Report