March 20, 2013 Print E-mail


Meeting Minutes of March 20, 2013
(Approved on 4/18/13)

I.  Welcome and Introductions
Present:  Susan Buckley, Ovieda Elliott, Kate Green, Siddiq Kilkenny, Claire Knox, Mark Lovelace, Ronnie Swartz
Staff:  Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Consultants:  Kim Puckett, Maria Vanderhorst, Nancy Howatt
Guests:  Kathy Stone, Sarah Vogel, Joanna Castagnola-Nieto, Christina Huff, Taffy Stockton, Lorey Keele , Ben Fairless    

Ovieda Elliott called the meeting to order at 5:10 pm

II.   Public Comments and Announcements
No Public Comments and Announcements were made.

III.  Executive Director Report

  • The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors declared 2013 “The Year of the Child” at the meeting on March 5, 2013. David Finnegan, founding First 5 Del Norte Commissioner and County Supervisor, now is the President of CSAC.  He has challenged counties to adopt 2013 as the “Year of the Child” and asked to think about how children fit in the decision-making process of the Board of Supervisors actions. Commissioner Lovelace read the Proclamation.
  • The trainings with Mary Claire Heffron are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday.
  • Gene Lucas, founding board member of the McLean Foundation, has passed away.  Wendy routed a card.
  • Wendy and Commissioner Buckley attended a visit from the Cowell Foundation to the McKinleyville Family Resource Center (FRC).  The Cowell Foundation is considering support/funding for the FRC. Strong participation from community partners was present.  Supervisor Sundberg opened the meeting. Both Wendy and Commissioner Buckley felt that is was a very positive event, and the commitment of the community partners was very apparent. Lisa Maisano, Vice President of Grant Programs at the Cowell Foundation, has been a strong advocate for Family Resource Centers over the years. The Cowell Foundation distributes around $7 million across 15 sites in California per year.
  • Gary Blacnick, founding First 5 Del Norte Commissioner, has applied for a First 5 California Commission seat.  First 5 California has not had a representative from a small rural county on their Commission. It would be very exciting if Gary Blacnick is selected. Gary also serves in the position as Health & Human Services director in Del Norte County and is a Humboldt Area Foundation board member.
  • The red folder was routed, which included the Strategic Plan article from Sunday’s Time Standard newspaper.

IV.   Approval of Minutes:
A.     Commission meeting minutes of December 20, 2012
B.     Commission meeting minutes of February 21, 2013
ACTION:  The meeting minutes of 12/20/12 and 2/21/13 were approved as written.

V.  Consent Calendar:
A.  February 2013 Postings
ACTION:  The February 2013 Postings were approved as presented.

VI.  Action Item:  Commission Officers
Commissioners nominated the Co-Chairs and Chair-elect at the February meeting. Nominees for 2013 are Kate Green and Mark Lovelace as Co-Chairs, and Susan Buckley as Chair-elect.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved Kate Green and Mark Lovelace as Co-Chairs, and Susan Buckley as Chair-elect for Commission Officers positions in 2013.

VII.  Action Item:  FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT Revised Ten Year Forecast and
VIII.  Information Item:  Prop.10 Revenue Projection for Fiscal Year 2012-3013
Consultant Nancy Howatt requested to merge both Agenda Items for her presentation. Nancy explained that, due to last year’s unexpected additional Prop.10 funds, she analyzed Prop.10 revenues/payments over the last six years. During her analysis, she discovered that of the Prop.10 revenue received by the end of December, about 49.41% of the annual revenue has been received.  Commissioners reviewed the accumulated % of Prop.10 revenue through December payments for the last six years. Using this format, Nancy developed a general statistic as a starting point for the 10-year forecast. She compared the Humboldt County Birth rates and the State Birth rates; Humboldt County’s Prop.10 share and First 5 California’s Prop.10 share, and formulated her projections for the next ten years.

This new calculation is a closer estimate for future Prop.10 revenues received for the Fiscal Year.  Hopefully, by using this formula, there will not be a large amount of unexpected Prop.10 revenues.  This is very helpful in the yearly budget development and the PET review process.

The updated Ten Year Forecast was reviewed.  Nancy explained how the above mentioned analysis and general statistics formula has been integrated in the Ten Year Forecast. In addition, Wendy recently met with the County Treasurer, and he advised using a lower interest rate earning calculation for our Sustainability Fund and General Fund the next two Fiscal Years. Nancy adjusted the interest earned in the Ten Year Forecast, per the recommendations from the County Treasurer. Nancy shared that, by including the updated formulas, Commissioners will be able to sustain core programs over a longer period of time. The Ten Year Forecast will be updated on a regular basis.
ACTION:  The revised Ten Year Forecast was approved as presented.

IX.  Information Item:  Annual Evaluation Report
Evaluators Kim Puckett and Maria Vanderhorst presented the January – December 2012 Evaluation Report. A Power Point presentation was given, which showed highlights of the 2012 Evaluation Report.  Kim and Maria talked about the report structure, and shared some of the indicators within the Action Items of the Strategic Plan Goals. Charts were presented from Participant Survey data, oral health indicators, health insurance coverage, Harvest of the Month data, program satisfaction data, parenting issues, parent awareness of developmental stages, and positive program effect data. Also, charts were shared about playgroup survey results related to parenting and support for parents of children needing assistance in reaching developmental potentials.  Commissioners reviewed charts about literacy skills indicators and social ties indicators. Charts were reviewed from surveys with Library patrons; school readiness indicators; and collaborative partnerships. Commissioners reviewed the numbers of children/families serviced in First 5 Humboldt funded programs in Fiscal Year 2011/12 and the ethnicity of children served.  Kim and Maria shared quotes from parents and caregivers throughout the presentation.

The following recommendations for the Evaluation Process were made:

  1. Revise and update Evaluation framework and indicators
  2. Continue to develop methods to better evaluate First 5 Humboldt’s collaborative partnerships
  3. Continue to address findings from the Evaluation Systems Assessment conducted by Social Entrepreneurs for First 5 Humboldt
  4. Continue to explore additional methods of evaluating First 5 Humboldt Playgroups to better examine the impact of playgroups on parents/caregivers and children
  5. Review reporting guidelines and evaluation instruments and revise as appropriate.

The following Programmatic recommendations were made:

  1. Continue to ensure Bottom Line Practices are standard in all funded programs
  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 and Maria for their presentation and for the development of the 2012 Evaluation Report.

X.  Discussion Item:  Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County
Wendy gave an update of activity in the work of the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan since the February 2013 Commission meeting. Wendy met with staff from Public Health to explore how to best interface with the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan recommendations. Some pieces of the Dental Strategic Plan would be appropriate for local First 5 funds. First 5 funds could be used as federal matching funds, if we partner with Public Health in providing support.  A multi-year agreement would be more appropriate.  Humboldt Area Foundation and other funders could support other components of the Dental Strategic Plan.

Wendy will work with Public Health staff (Marilyn Powell and Dian Pecora) to bring a proposal to the Commission at the April meeting.

Wendy shared that Amy Jester from Humboldt Area Foundation has become very engaged in the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan work, and has convened community partners to meet about hospital-based dentistry for children. Community partners reviewed questions, such as: How are the kids? What are the trends? Follow-up of treated children? Case management? How much is spent on hospital-based dentistry? Wendy said she is very grateful for Amy’s engagement. In addition, the Smullin Foundation is contracting with Leigh Oetker to take the lead in the children’s dental work in Humboldt County.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm. 

Next Meeting:
Thursday, April 18 2013
8 – 10:30 am
Humboldt County Office of Education
Sequoia A conference room

Chair:  Ronnie Swartz 

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

Future Meetings:
Wednesday, May 15, 2013; 5-7:30 pm at HCOE, Madrone Room
Wednesday, June 19, 2013; 5-7 pm at HCOE, Sequoia A conference room
July:   Commission Retreat – date/time/location TBD
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013; 5-7 pm at HCOE, Madrone Room
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013; 8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013; 5-7 pm at HCOE, Sequoia A conference room
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013; 5-7 pm at HCOE, Sequoia A conference room
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013; 8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room