May 25, 2017 Print E-mail

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Meeting Minutes of May 25, 2017

I.          Welcome and Introductions

Present: Jessica Callahan, Sydney Fisher Larson, Lorey Keele, Dian Pecora, Connie Sundberg, Mike Wilson

Staff: Mary Ann Hansen, Andrea Sousa

Absent:           Megan Blanchard, Nica Meggerson, Sheri Graham-Whitt

 

Connie Sundberg called the meeting to order at 11 am

 

Lorey Keele called a conflict of interest for Agenda Item III. Action Item: Annual Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Lorey announced she has a conflict of interest for the following program:  TOOTH Program.

 

II.         Public Comments and Announcements

No public comments or announcements were made

 

 

III.        Action Item: Annual Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2017/2018

Commissioners reviewed the following Program Evaluation Team (PET) Recommendations at the last meeting:  Orleans Playgroup, Paso a Paso, Rio Dell Playgroup, Southern Humboldt Playgroups, Tiny Tots Playgroup, Trinidad Playgroup, Willow Creek Community Resource Center, Willow Creek Playgroup, and the Women and Children’s Fund.

 

All PET recommendations include the language for First 5 Humboldt funded programs in Fiscal Year 2017/18 to explore alternative funding options, given that First 5 Humboldt revenue is declining.

 

Commissioner Sundberg read the following recommendations:

 

Orleans Playgroup: As discussed at the last meeting, the funding amount in the PET recommendation was incorrect.  The correct funding amount for the Orleans Playgroup for Fiscal Year 2017/18 is $3,500.

 

PET recommendations are to continue funding at the current level ($3,500) for Fiscal Year 2017/18, and for the Playgroup leader to be fingerprinted by Sept. 1, 2017.

 

 

Paso a Paso: PET recommendations include continuing funding in the amount of $50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18, for the First 5 Evaluator to meet with Paso a Paso staff early in Fiscal Year 2017/18 to discuss evaluation activities and documentation, and to review data related to prenatal care and birth weights.

 

PET recommendations also include for the First 5 Humboldt Executive Director to meet with the St. Joseph Hospital Community Benefits Director to discuss how to integrate the work of the Health Access Worker (Healthy Kids Humboldt) into Paso a Paso, as well as discussing options for Reflective Practice and Supervision opportunities for staff.

 

 

Rio Dell Playgroup: PET recommendations include continuing funding in the amount of $5,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18, continuing working with the First 5 bilingual specialist regarding outreach and inclusion of Spanish-speaking families and training of new leaders. PET recommendations also include providing technical assistance regarding evaluation forms and activities in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2017/18.

 

 

Southern Humboldt Playgroups: The Southern Humboldt Playgroups include playgroup sites in Redway, Shelter Cove, Weott and Miranda.  The PET recommendations include continuing funding in the amount of $50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18.

 

PET recommendations also include working with the playgroup leaders/supervisor to ensure unduplicated counts are collected for each playgroup site.

 

 

Tiny Tots Playgroup: The PET recommendation is to increase the funding to the amount of $4,000.  Playgroup leaders are very good in contacting First 5 staff if they require technical assistance.

 

 

Trinidad Playgroup: This playgroup just re-opened in January 2017 and the playgroup leader is actively working to create a quality space for children and families.  The PET recommendation is funding the playgroup in the amount of $3,500 for Fiscal Year 2017/18 and providing technical assistance to the playgroup as needed for evaluation and reporting.

 

 

Willow Creek Community Resource Center: PET recommendations include funding in the amount of $10,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18 and providing technical assistance around protective factors at PFS workshops.  PET recommendations also include providing technical assistance regarding evaluation documentation and reporting in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2017/18.

 

 

Willow Creek Playgroup: PET recommendations include funding in the amount of $12,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18 and outreaching to low income, less resourced families, and to families with children ages 0-5 with special needs.  PET recommendations also include providing activities that are developmentally appropriate for infants/toddlers at playgroup.

 

 

Women and Children’s Fund: PET recommendations include discontinuing providing funding to 2-1-1 Humboldt, but rather to provide funding to the Humboldt Area Foundation in the amount of $5,000 for Fiscal Year 2017/18, since Humboldt Area Foundation is administering the Women and Children’s Fund.

 

 

ACTION: Commissioners approved the PET recommendations for the following programs as presented for Fiscal Year 2017/18: Orleans Playgroup, Paso a Paso, Rio Dell Playgroup, Southern Humboldt Playgroups, Tiny Tots Playgroup, Trinidad Playgroups, Willow Creek Community Resource Center, Willow Creek Playgroup, and the Women and Children’s Fund.

 

 

Commissioners reviewed and acted on the following PET recommendation during today’s meeting:

 

TOOTH Program: Commissioner Keele announced a conflict of interest, recused herself and left the room during the discussion and decision-making process.

 

Commissioners reviewed and discussed the program strengths and program concerns.  Redwood Community Action Agency, who oversees the TOOTH Program, 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 positive.  Of concern is that the program accounts for more than 11% of First 5 Humboldt Fiscal Year 2016/17 revenues and First 5’s ability to sustain the program over time.

 

Commissioners discussed the outdated model being used by the TOOTH Program to provide oral health education to children, the program not currently having a solid parent education component, and showing no evidence of children age 0-5 improving their dental practices over time. Commissioners suggested training teachers in using an updated curriculum for providing oral health education throughout the school year to the children.

 

The PET recommendations include reducing funding to $60,000 in Fiscal Year 2017/18 and for the program to eliminate outreach to preschool and child care sites.  PET recommendations also include strengthening the connections with Paso a Paso, given the high rate of dental problems amongst young Latino/Hispanic children.

 

ACTION: Commissioners approved the above mentioned PET recommendation for Fiscal Year 2017/18, with Commissioner Keele not being present during the discussion and decision-making process.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 am.

 

Next regular scheduled Meeting:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

5 pm to 7 pm

First 5 Humboldt Conference Room

525 Second Street, Room 203, Eureka

 

Chair:  Nica Meggerson

 

 

Future Meetings:

Commission Retreat – July 13, 2017 (Humboldt Unitarian Universal Fellowship Hall)

Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 from 8:30 – 10:30 am

 

Minutes compiled by Andrea Sousa, Executive Secretary, First 5 Humboldt, 525 - 2nd Street, Suite 201, Eureka, 95501

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