APPENDIX: E Item: Head Start Five Year Strategic Plan for Project Period May 2014-2019 and Program Goals for School Year 2015-2016 Dept.: Instruction Background/Historical Context: All grantees entering into a five year project period must have established program goals and a five year strategic plan. Recommendation: Sharing information of five year strategic plan and program goals to governing body Rationale for Recommendation: Established strategic plan and program goals for Head Start program Short and Long Term Impact: Project periods 2014-2019 and short-long term goals for school year 2015-2016 Supporting Documentation: 1) Copy of New Hanover County Schools Head Start Five Year 2014-2015 Strategic Plan and 2015-2016 Program Goals Board Action: _____ Recommendation Accepted _____ Recommendation Rejected _____ Tabled for Further Study _____ Other New Hanover County Schools Head Start Strategic Plan 2014-2019 Program Long and Short-Term Goals School Year 2015-2016 Long Range Goals, Objectives and Program Impacts Programmatic and Fiscal Long Range Goals and Short Term Objectives. New Hanover County Schools recently became the NonFederal Entity in May 2014. School year 2014-2015 was the first year for providing services. Receiving the Head Start grant allowed the school district to create an early learning support system by establishing an Early Childhood Education Department. The department is a central point of entry for private and public preschool children in New Hanover County. The Early Childhood Education Department/Program is funded by state NC Pre-Kindergarten and federal Title One and Head Start funds. Quickly, direct service staff, support staff and a leadership team were hired and merged together to take on the Head Start regulations in providing comprehensive services to qualifying children and families. The Long and Short-Term goals for 2015-2016 included with our new strategic goals, were established through a collaborative effort among Leadership Staff and Policy Council. We strive to complete all of these goals and for the goals to sustain over time by the end of our 5 year project. Our long and short term goals were reviewed, and adapted into broader strategic goals for program improvement. LONG and SHORT-TERM GOALS for 2015-2016 Goal 1: Provide fiscal training for Director, Chief Finance Officer and Budget Analyst to increase their knowledge of Head Start fiscal requirements. Goal 2: To provide training for Governing Board and Policy Council members as shared decision makers for program governance. Goal 3: To ensure core management staff members are competent in planning, monitoring, tracking and implementing programmatic requirements by Head Start Performance Standards, Childcare Licensing and North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program. Goal 4: To systematically focus on School Readiness and the implementation of Parents, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. To create and develop a School Readiness Team to ensure we are in partnership with supporting our children and families with preparing for kindergarten. Goal 5: Improve classroom management skills for challenging behaviors with supporting social and emotional development. To implement the social and emotional curriculum to improve classroom management skills for challenging behaviors. Teachers will be given professional development to implement the program and to learn new strategies for behavior management and follow up training will be provided. Goal 6: To impact child obesity and address those children who have been identified as obese. To improve children’s health, nutrition, learning readiness, and overall well-being through a combination of I Am Moving I Am Learning and Be Active curriculums. Our Program is committed to providing strategies and resources for infusing quality physical movement and healthy nutrition choices within our daily instruction. Several health curriculums will be used in the classrooms to encourage healthy eating and exercising. Goal 7: Quarterly Parent Committee Meetings will be held and trainings on topics of interest, including information on children with special needs will be provided. Goal 8: To establish a professional development plan focused around identified needs. Goal 9: To enhance community partnerships to assist families in accessing resources, including recruiting community partners for Policy Council and eligible children. Goal 10: Provide guidance and assistance to teaching staff on developing effective family goals with our families. Goal 11: Introduce CLASS observation tool and provide a training class to certify leadership team and principal. Goal 12: Improve communication between administrative and direct service staff. Strategic Goals 2014-2019 Strategic Goal 1 The Program will improve the effectiveness of collecting and using data to support program outcomes. Strategic Goal 2 The Program will empower and maximize community partnerships and family engagement. Strategic Goal 3 The Program will promote classroom communities by strengthening the social & emotional foundation of children & staff. Strategic Goal 4 The Program will implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote success in all classrooms. Strategic Goal 1 NHCS Head Start will improve the effectiveness of collecting and using data to support program outcomes School Readiness Goal: NHCS will implement Creative Curriculum 5th Edition and Teaching Strategies GOLD to collect and provide data to support program outcomes including the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. PFCE Goal: Families as advocates and leaders: Parents and families will be provided the opportunity to be involved in decision-making and program policy development. Objective 1 Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy NHCS will develop an ongoing data tracking matrix (by Matrix Through the review of the data we Establish PD plan focusing on giving timelines/deadlines). Reports will know if we are meeting the 45child plus trainings Child Plus reports 90 day mandates. At the end of year 1 NHCS will have introduced the Provide all staff with access to T.S Gold Reports Child Plus reporting system to all leadership staff. We will have a better understanding technology, computer and of the child outcome data (CLASS, internet. (uploaded child plus on Each sequential year we will increase by 20%. Assessments, Brigance, etc.) all computers) By the end of 5 years we will have fully implemented the Child Plus reporting system. Identify team member roles and Provide all staff with log in for responsibilities to ensure child plus accountability occurs. Review what went well in transitioning and what areas we can use child plus for. Provide ongoing training and ongoing monitoring occurs. Objective 2 Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy Data outcomes will increasingly include parent Self-Assessment Survey Through the review of self Provide information about selfperspective from submission of the parent selfassessment data the program will assessment during policy council assessment. modify policy and procedures as meetings. By the end of year 1, 40% of parents will complete needed. Policy Council will work with the assessment. NHCS will offer Professional parents to complete the selfDevelopment. assessment. Each sequential year will increase by 10%. NHCS will offer Parent Workshops Self-assessment will be based on self-assessment data. advertised through weekly newsletters, parent meetings, and Connect Five calls. Objective 3 Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy Teachers will utilize the Creative Curriculum and T.S. T.S GOLD All teachers will proficient using the Instructional team will provide GOLD to track children’s learning outcomes Lesson plans curriculum and assessment PLC’s (Professional Learning Parent/teacher conferences Communities), coaching, and At the end of 1, the curriculum and online assessment NHCS administrative staff will use will be purchased for the entire program. professional development for data for program outcomes and teaching staff. reports. Year 2-4, teaching staff will increase the use of tracking and imputing children’s assessment data by NHCS will provide professional 25% each year development from Teaching Strategies, LLC. At the end of year 5, all teachers will be using Creative Curriculum and T.S. GOLD to its full capacity. Instructional team will review Parent/Conference forms. Instructional team will review and provide feedback for lesson plans. Strategic Goal 2 NHCS Head Start will empower and maximize community partnerships and family engagement School Readiness Goal: Cognition and General Knowledge: Children will increase their knowledge of self, community, family and culture. PFCE Goal: Family Connections to Peers and Community: Parents and families will form connections with peers and mentors through community and school events. Objective 1 Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy Ensure that all teachers will establish Family and FPA Families will feel more welcome and Use newsletters, home/school Engagement Partnerships agreements. Parent surveys received in schools communicators, home visits and Parent Contact Log parent-teacher conferences, By year 1 20% of FPA’s will led by teachers. Families will complete their goals Analysis of parent attendance ongoing Parent Committee with their teachers in coordination By year 2 40% of FPA’s will led by teachers. log meetings, school events, Teacher with the family specialists By year 3 60% of FPA’s will led by teachers. Event sign in sheets meetings that are organized at a Families as life -long educator By year 4 80% of FPA’s will led by teachers. Parent evaluations school level. Families will be connected to peers By year 5 100% of FPA’s will led by teachers. Referrals Professional development, and community Have child participation at school events. Use Connect Five calls for advance notice to inform parents. Objective 2 Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy NHCS will participate in community outreach (WIC, Signed MOUs/Contracts Partnerships show presence and Contact community partners to Health Department, Doctor’s offices, Smart Start, Cape Community Needs engagement in policy council learn about the services they Fear Community College, UNCW, etc) Assessment meetings. provide. Board/Policy Council Meeting Attend community partner By year 1, community outreach will increase from Community partners will be Attendance 10%-20%. knowledgeable of program standards meetings to provide them Contact Log and requirements. information about Head Start. Each sequential year will increase by 10%. Google Calendars Strong community partnerships Invite community partners to Emails Policy Council and Health Advisory The community supports the Committee Meetings interests and needs of our families and encourage parents to participate in their child’s learning. Objective 3 Educate our parents in understanding the comprehensive services our program provides (Health and Safety, Education, FCP, Nutrition, Mental Health Disabilities, Transportation, PDM) By the end of year 1, we will have two parent empowerment sessions. By the end of year 5, will have six parent empowerment sessions. Expected Outcome Parents will gain understanding of the NHCS Application process, home visits, and Parent Orientation to learn about comprehensive services. With growth of attendance to parent empowerment sessions, NHCS will increase opportunity for parent input. NHCS will create an Information brochure on comprehensive services for parents. Data Tools/Tracking Progress Analysis of parent attendance of meetings Community Needs Assessment FPA Parent surveys Parent Contact Log Strategy Invite community partners to lead and participate in Parent Empowerment Sessions. Parents will interact with community partners at Policy Council, Health Advisory Committee Meetings, and Parent Empowerment Sessions. Strategic Goal 3 NHCS Head Start will promote classroom communities by strengthening the social & emotional foundation of children & staff School Readiness Goal: Children will establish & maintain the ability to regulate behaviors, express basic feelings, & participate cooperatively in school & community settings. PFCE Goal: Parent Child Relationships: NHCS will provide opportunities for parents and families to nurture their children’s early learning and development. Objective Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy NHCS will implement the classroom management and Mental Health Observations Families will have more knowledge NHCS will follow the social-learning curriculum, Conscious Discipline. CLASS of their child’s social and emotional Transformational Parent/Teacher Conferences development. Implementation guide provided At the end of year 1, professional development and T.S GOLD materials will be purchased for the entire program. by Loving Guidance, LLC which Teaching staff will be more resilient Lesson Plans includes professional Year 2-4, teaching staff will increase the use of in redirecting challenging behaviors Teacher PDP development. Conscious Discipline in the classroom by 25% each to creative a positive classroom Analysis of Behavior Referrals year. community. NHCS will utilize feedback from contracted mental health By the end of year 5, Conscious Discipline will be NHCS will experience fewer behavior observers. completely integrated into all program classrooms. referrals and SST/MTSS support. Instructional staff will provide teacher observation and coaching. All classrooms will have a designated Safe Place. Objective Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy NCHS will encourage families to participate in school Daily Communicator Log Strengthen and maintain warm and During the initial home visit, sponsored events that promote child’s emotional and Attendance to Parent responsive interactions between teaching staff will provide social development and foundation. Empowerment sessions families and children. parents with examples of family NHCS will increase each of the following by 10% each School staff and families will foster Successful Home Visits goals that benefit child’s year. Attendance to Parent/Teacher progress. relationships that are effective for Conferences Number of parents who attend parent empowerment child’s development. Consistent communication of FPA Goal establishment and sessions parent empowerment sessions, Children demonstrate consistent, on completion Parent Involvement in school activities parent/teacher conferences, and time attendance to school throughout Attendance/Tardy analysis school activities. the year. Completion of FPA goals Teachers will learn to communicate effectively with population served. Objective NHCS will use the CLASS tool to strengthen classroom communities. Year 1 and 2- Establish a team, certify select staff, and introduce CLASS to teaching staff Year 3- Professional development will be provided & 100% of classrooms will meet minimum CLASS scores. Year 4- 50% of the classrooms will exceed CLASS scores Year 5- 100% of the classrooms will exceed CLASS scores. Expected Outcome Teachers will be more intentional in their interactions with children. NHCS will use CLASS observation feedback to set meaningful goals. Teaching staff will provide an environment that recognizes and embraces cultural diversity and family composition. Teachers will be given feedback to improve classroom environments Data Tools/Tracking Progress Teacher Self-Assessment CLASS observations Mental Health Observations Strategy Certify appropriate staff in CLASS observation tool Observe and report on CLASS data Train teachers in CLASS, professional development of CLASS expectations and guidelines Teachers are given technical assistance based on individual needs Strategic Goal 4 NHCS Head Start will implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote success in all classrooms School Readiness Goal: Children will increase their curiosity and motivation showing flexibility and inventiveness in their thinking. PFCE Goal: Parents as life-long educators: Parents and families will observe, guide, promote, and participate in the everyday learning of their child. Objective Expected Outcome Data Tools/Tracking Progress Strategy NHCS will implement Creative Curriculum 5th Edition in Lesson Plans Child outcomes data will support Provide ongoing professional the entire program. T.S. GOLD the progress of implementation of development each year Coaching Observation Year 1- research and adopt developmentally developmentally appropriate pertaining to Teaching Strategies. Conferences appropriate curriculum, Creative Curriculum 5th curriculum Provide coaching from Lesson Plan Reviews Edition, 100% purchased curriculums. instructional staff during teacher Teachers will be experienced in Teacher self-assessment implementing the curriculum. observations and monthly PLCs. Year 2- distribute and train teaching staff on Creative Schoollink Curriculum; 100% of teaching staff will be trained on NHCS will ensure active learning Instructional staff will review Teacher CEU reports implementation of Creative Curriculum. and will promote children’s lesson plans to ensure curriculum Year 3-provide follow up professional development progress in all developmental areas. implementation and coaching to support staff; 100% of teaching staff will receive coaching and support. Year 4-continue with coaching and professional development with identified teacher needs By year 5, Creative Curriculum will be fully implemented in the entire program. 100% of Creative Curriculum will be implemented in all classrooms by all assigned teaching staff. Objective NHCS will provide children with foundation and transitional skills to promote Kindergarten Readiness. Each year children will show 20% growth in following areas: Social and emotional development. Approaches to learning. Language and literacy. Cognition and general knowledge. Physical development and health. Objective NHCS will update classrooms with developmentally appropriate materials that support the curriculum. Year 1-5, 100% of outdated and broken furniture will be replaced (Cubbies, shelves, etc.). Year 1-5, 100% of all classrooms will receive materials and teaching tools that support the required curriculums. Expected Outcome Alignment with North Carolina Kindergarten Entrance Assessment and K-3 Formative Assessment process Every child shows a significant growth yearly Data Tools/Tracking Progress Expected Outcome Classrooms will be outfitted to implement the Creative Curriculum philosophy of room arrangement and materials. All broken and unsafe materials will be removed from classrooms. Teaching materials will be updated to align with the new curriculum. Data Tools/Tracking Progress Purchase Orders On-site observations ECERS-R Environmental Health and Safety Review CLASS Parent and Teacher SelfAssessment T.S GOLD Reporting/Portfolio CLASS Observations Mental Health Observations Growth Assessments Strategy Provide children with structured outdoor play and promote healthy eating habits. Strategy Review classroom inventories. Smart Start will conduct classroom materials survey based on the ECERS-R. Teaching staff will submit classroom wish lists.