April 16, 2015 Print E-mail

Meeting Minutes of April 16, 2015
(Approved on 5/19/15)

I.  Welcome and Introductions

Present: Rex Bohn, Susan Buckley, Jessica Callahan, Sydney Fisher Larson (8-9:30 am)
Staff: Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Consultants: Kim Puckett, Nancy Howatt
Guests: Kim Rios, Sarah Vogel, Lorey Keele, Jeanine Lancaster
Absent: Ovieda Elliott, Rebecca Lowry, Sheryl Lyons, Dian Pecora, Ronnie Swartz

Jessica Callahan called the meeting to order at 8:05 am

II. Public Comments and Announcements
Jeanine Lancaster announced the retirement of JoAnn Bauer, the County’s Children’s Librarian, as of April 25, 2015.  She invited everybody to JoAnn’s retirement party on 4/29/15 from 4-6 pm at the County Library.

Sarah Vogel announced that she is now employed with the Partnership HealthPlan of California in the Growing Together Perinatal Program.  The Growing Together Perinatal Program is a telephone care coordination program to assist pregnant women with access to care and other care coordination needs related to prenatal care. Sarah routed flyers with information about the Partnership HealthPlan of California.

III. Executive Director Report

  • For the last three Commission meetings, Commissioners have participated in significant discussions on the following:  Adaptive Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, First 5 Association Policy Overview:  Investing in Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families:  An Urgent Need, and the Summary from the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality: Equalizing Opportunity in California.  Wendy encouraged Commissioners to give her key points and ideas that resonate with Commissioners by May 29th.  Wendy would like to use these to help structure the annual retreat.
  • Each year at the June meeting, the Commission recognizes program leaders and community partners.  Please submit nominations to Andrea by May 11th.  Please include name, contact information, and a brief statement about why they should be recognized.
  • There continues to be a lot of attention on the immunization issue and the legislation has been submitted.  Commissioner Buckley shared that the bill has been pulled and it doesn’t look promising that the bill will be passed without getting diluted.  Parents have participated in advocacy around pulling the bill and are saying they are pulling their children from school and home schooling them, if the bill is passed.  Humboldt County Public Health has established an immunization subcommittee and they are working on ways to encourage immunizations.  They are planning on doing some positive messaging around immunizations. Wendy asked to share the information with the playgroups.
  • The Commission’s Early Childhood Care & Education Subcommittee is hosting a “Naturescaping” workshop at College of the Redwoods on May 2, 2015.  The theme is “Nature-Inspired Play:  How to create an Outdoor Learning Environment.”  The keynote speaker is Eric Nelson, co-founder of the Child Educational Center and the current Director of Consulting and Educational Services
  • The red folder was routed, which included photos of Maria Vanderhorst’s baby, a card for Maria, newspaper articles about immunizations, the 2014 Annual Report from the California Family Resource Association, and Robert Putnam’s new book “Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis.” 

IV. Approval of Minutes:  Commission meeting minutes of March 24, 2015
The Action Item was deferred to the next meeting.

V. Consent Calendar:
A. February 2015 Postings
The Consent Calendar Item was deferred to the next meeting.

VI. Action Item:  Healthy Beverage Policy
The Action Item was deferred to the next meeting.

VII. Information Item:  Annual Evaluation Report
Evaluator Kim Puckett presented the 2014 First 5 Humboldt Evaluation Report.  A PowerPoint presentation was viewed. Kim talked about the structure and data sources collected for the Evaluation Report. Examples were viewed from Paso a Paso and Nurse Family Partnership in regards to high quality, accessible prenatal care and breastfeeding indicators.

The following charts were viewed: The percentage of children in First 5 Humboldt funded programs that have health insurance coverage; Statistics from the TOOTH Program from the oral health indicator:  # of children ages 2-5 who have used the oral health care system in the past 12 months; Percent of parents reporting satisfaction with services; Percent of parents dealing better with parenting issues; Percent of parents’/caregivers’ awareness of developmental stages of children; Percent of positive effect of the services/activities offered; Playgroup Survey results related to parenting capacity and connection; Playgroup survey results related to learning about play activities; Playgroup survey results related to learning more about developmental stages; Playgroup survey results related to doing anything differently due to playgroup participation; Literacy skills indicators; Percent of parents reading/looking at books with children; Percent of parents singing songs/listening to music with children; Screen time for children ages 0-2; Screen time for children ages 3-5; Playgroup survey results related to fostering social ties; Percent of parents in regards to connection to other parents; Early Childhood Care & Education – Quality Improvements; Early Childhood Educators reading to children in their care; Library Family Friendliness; School Readiness indicators of children attending playgroups; First 5 Humboldt Collaborative Partnerships; Training & Technical Assistance to funded programs and other service providers; Participant Survey Results related to Children and Family Support Specialist and Children Family Mental Health Inclusion Specialist relating to Direct Assistance to Program Leaders and Parents/Caregivers at Playgroups; Participant Survey Results related to the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support; Increased Connections to Services; Numbers served in First 5 Humboldt funded programs Fiscal Year 2013/14; Percent of Participant Survey Parent/Caregiver Ethnicity.

Kim shared the Program Recommendations in regards to the Evaluation Process.  The Programmatic Recommendations are:  1. Continue to ensure Bottom Line Practices are standard in all funded programs; and 2. Provide more effective outreach and inclusion of Spanish speaking families and American Indian families with young children in all programs as appropriate.

Commissioners thanked Kim for her presentation and the development of the Evaluation Report. The appreciation also was extended to Evaluator Maria Vanderhorst.

VIII. Discussion Item:  Annual Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015/2016
The Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for FY 2015/16 were reviewed for the following programs:

TOOTH: The TOOTH Program has had great results over time. The program continues to serve children age 0-5 in preschools and Head Start sites.  Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) has shown a commitment to improving the quality of the program, as well as sustaining it. The program is well-liked by teachers, and Evaluation results have been consistently positive. The recommendation is to continue funding this program in the amount of $115,581 and execute a two year agreement. Lorey Keele, TOOTH Program Coordinator and Director of Community Programs and Family Services at RCAA shared that a grant to HERSA was submitted, which is a Federal grant.  If the grant is awarded, the assessments of children in Head Start/Early Headstart will be increased, and outreach will increase to kindergartners.  In addition, a Dental Hygienist will be hired to do home visits.  Lorey is also working with Open Door Community Health Centers in regards for their capacity to serve children participating in the TOOTH Program.

RCAA – CARE Program:  The Multiple Assistance Center (MAC) is undergoing restructuring and families are no longer housed at the MAC.  The Commission’s focus in regards to supporting the MAC is in primary prevention and early intervention. The model for funding was around building parent capacity to get out of being homeless.  Since the MAC no longer serves families, the recommendation is to discontinue funding. Lorey Keele shared that RCAA continues to serve families.  All families at the MAC have found housing and these families will be served. Wendy explained that the funding was approved for the CARE Program (Childhood Attachment, Regulation, and Enrichment), which focused on implementing the program using the Theraplay model, training staff in Theraplay, and for the Head of Clinical Services to obtain certification in Theraplay. With the closure of the MAC, the families being placed in housing, and the departure of the Head of Clinical Services, this program is no longer feasible to implement and fund.

Library Partnership:  The partnership with the Library continues to be positive.  The Outreach Coordinator is bi-lingual and appears to work very well with families and providers alike.  Library staff continues to be willing to take the extra steps to ensure they are meeting the needs of the families and providers. The Outreach Coordinator’s role is focused on 0-5 projects, for instance doing outreach to playgroups, and coordinating the “Leap Into Literacy” program. The Outreach Coordinator is involved with the Early Success program, and helps the Children’s Librarian, amongst other duties. Jeanine Lancaster, the Outreach Coordinator, announced that the Children’s Librarian, JoAnn Bauer, is retiring. Commissioners discussed that the new hire should be a Certified Children’s Librarian. Jeanine announced that she has a Masters and has the certification.  She said she will be applying for the position of Children’s Librarian.

Wendy shared that the services for families has improved since the formation of the Library Partnership. The Commission will continue to work with the new Children’s Librarian to improve making the Library a family-friendly space.  The recommendation is to continue funding in the amount of $75,000.

Blue Lake Community Resource Center/Playgroup:  The Blue Lake Community Resource Center has grown since the placement of the new FRC Coordinator, Kim Rios.  The Resource Center is now open five days/week. The FRC Coordinator routinely seeks to improve the programs offered at the Resource Center, has developed partnerships with the City of Blue Lake, the School and the Blue Lake Rancheria, and is actively supporting the Playgroup Leader. She has been a steadfast advocate for families and children. The Playgroup Leader serves as a great role model to children, and he interacts well with families. Playgroup attendance continues to improve. Playgroup data shows that screen time for children age 0-2 has greatly decreased, and the number of parents reading/looking at books and play music/sing songs has greatly increased. Kim shared that playgroup parents are becoming actively involved in community dinners and make an effort to reach out and invite their neighbors to community dinners and events.  The recommendation is to continue funding in the amount of $35,000.

The Annual Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 will be continued at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10 am.

Next Meeting:
May 19, 2015
5 pm to 8 pm
Humboldt County Library meeting room,
1313 Third Street, Eureka

Chair:  Jessica Callahan

Minutes compiled by:  Andrea Sousa, Executive Secretary, First 5 Humboldt, 1012 - 2nd Street, Eureka, 95501 

Next Meetings:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Humboldt Area Foundation, Emmerson Room
Thursday, July 9, 2015; Commission Retreat, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Location TBD
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Location TBD
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office