August 21, 2013 Print E-mail


Meeting Minutes of August 21, 2013
(approved as corrected on 9/19/13)


I.    Welcome and Introductions

Present:   Ovieda Elliott, Kate Green, Claire Knox, Rex Bohn, Ronnie Swartz
Staff:    Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Absent:    Susan Buckley, Siddiq Kilkenny, Sheryl Lyons


Kate Green called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm


II.   Public Comments and Announcements
Commissioner Knox announced the departure of Nancy Hurlbutt from HSU. HSU hired two new ECE faculty members.  Minal Meenal Rahna will be teaching an infant/toddler program, and Hyun Kyung You (who goes by HK) will be the program director for the ECE Lab. HK is an autism expert in early childhood education.


III.  Executive Director Report

  • First 5 county executive directors have been involved in a facilitated process with First 5 California in regards to their Strategic Plan Update.  With Camille Maben as the new Executive Director for First 5 California, an effort is being made to better connect with First 5 counties.
  • Wendy, Jennifer Gonzales, Commissioners Elliott and Knox are planning on attending the First 5 Small Counties Summit in Jackson on Oct. 10th and Oct. 11th.
  • Jennifer is doing First 5 Humboldt outreach this summer and fall. She recently provided outreach during the Woofstock event.
  • We will have a new MSW intern working with us this year. Carla Laermanns will be working with Meg Walkley and Beth Heavilin, and will be housed at the Commission office.
  • Wendy encouraged Commissioners to attend the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC) roundtable on Sept. 20th.  Judge Hinrichs will be a guest speaker at the event.
  • Wendy met with representatives from Catholic Charities from Sonoma County about the Betty Chinn homeless day center project. Supervisor Bohn suggested the meeting given the pregnant women and young children that will be served. There will be a designated space specifically for young children. Also, Catholic Charities is providing Triple P services at their facilities in Sonoma County, and will also provide Triple P services in Humboldt County. Funding from us could be used as federal matching funds, which could draw down more funding. Wendy expects a proposal from them for the November Commission meeting. Supervisor Bohn shared that he did tour the facilities in Sonoma County. He said that the partnership with Catholic Charities has been a long process, since Betty initially had concerns. Currently, the Homeless Center is in the process of interviewing for a case manager position and a program manager position.  The Center is also working on getting HSU interns through DHHS.
  • The red folder was routed with photos from the “Hands On Health” visit, workshop flyers, and articles “The Invisible Workforce” and “The Special Edge.”


IV.   Approval of Minutes:
A.  Commission meeting minutes of June 19, 2013
B.  Commission retreat minutes of July 11, 2013
ACTION:  The minutes of 6/19/13 and the retreat minutes of 7/11/13 were approved as written.


V.   Consent Calendar:
Commissioner Elliott announced a conflict of interest, recused herself, and left the room for the consent calendar items.
A.  Humboldt County Office of Education:  Funding allocation in the amount of $3,356.00 for an autism training series for preschool staff to build skills for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
B.  Humboldt County Office of Education:  Funding allocation in the amount of $1,000 for a Parent Education Summit
ACTION:  Both consent calendar items were approved, with Commissioner Elliott not present during the decision-making process.


VI.   Action Item:  Policy for Furthering Father Involvement in Funded Programs 
The Fatherhood Involvement Policy has been reviewed by the Parent & Family Support Subcommittee, and a workgroup was formed to frame the policy. The Fatherhood Forum and the Commission also reviewed the policy.
Wendy showed a Fatherhood DVD, which prompted a discussion about the structure of the video and the intended audience for viewing the video.
ACTION:  Commissioner approved the Policy for Furthering Father Involvement in Funded Programs.


VII.  Action Item:  Early Childhood Education Workforce Consortium Budget
In January and February 2013, key informant interviews were conducted by Jennifer Gonzales with 28 early childhood professionals throughout the county to solicit input on how best to support the development of an integrated and collaborative approach to supporting professional development for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce in Humboldt County. Themes from the key informant interviews were shared and discussed with the ECE Workforce Consortium, and plans to support local ECE professional development were framed. Commissioners were introduced to the ECE Workforce Consortium’s guiding principles, received the plans to support local ECE professional development, and had the opportunity to hear stories from two ECE professionals about the value of the Director Mentor Program.

During the budget process for Fiscal Year 2013/14, Commissioners approved staffing in the amount of $112,540 within the ECE budget, and funds in the amount of $50,000 were approved for ECE training and support. The ECE Workforce Consortium budget defines the categories within the designated funds for ECE training and support. It is proposed to split the operations budget in half, with designating $25,000 for activities and $25,000 to small grants.
ACTION:  The Early Childhood Education Workforce Consortium Budget was approved as presented.

 VIII.   Discussion Item:  Teen Pregnancy & Parenting in Humboldt County:  Integrated Services & Supports Plan
Per discussion at the Commission’s July 2013 retreat, Commissioners discussed four recommendations directed at enhancing services and supports for pregnant & parenting teens, and to strengthen teen pregnancy prevention. The four recommendations are:

  1. Strengthen capacity of family resource centers to serve pregnant & parenting teens.
  2. Work with strategic partners in Eureka to provide child care for parenting teens.
  3. Support pregnancy prevention activities within First 5 funded programs.
  4. Advocacy for legislation that supports pregnant & parenting teens and teen pregnancy prevention.

Wendy and Commissioners Claire Knox, Ovieda Elliott, and Kate Green met with Fred VanVleck, Superintendent of Eureka City Schools, to discuss the second recommendation. Fred reaffirmed that the School District is willing to provide space on Campus, equipment, and some funds, as long as the categorical funds are flexible.  Some of our funds would be designated for staffing. During the meeting with Fred VanVleck, Wendy and Commissioners emphasized to draw down other funds for the child care program. Fred agreed to research how to access funds for homeless pregnant/parenting teens, and Wendy agreed to research how to access funds for pregnant/parenting teens in foster care. Fred is also looking into available equipment and furnishings from the previously closed child care program. A Church in Eureka also has expressed interest in helping with this effort. 

Commissioner Elliott shared that the Superintendent was very interested, but was very cautious about the budget for the child care program. Ovieda also mentioned the concept of a Co-op (staff/student participation), but this turned out to be very complex.

Commissioner Knox shared the challenge of an ECE credentialed person in an educational component setting. The discussion arose around if only child care would be provided or child care with an educational component attached, which would make a difference in hiring staff with required credentials vs. hiring staff with a certificate component. Wendy talked about doing this work in phases, starting with child care only services and then adding components to build a foundation.  She is also thinking about how Early Head Start could interface with this project.

Commissioners asked about funding for child care, since current funds are available to hire only one staff person. Commissioners also discussed the possibility of a paid intern for the child care setting. 

IX.   Discussion Item:  Collective Impact
In follow-up from the Commission’s Collective Impact discussion at the July retreat, Commissioners continued the discussion about how “Collective Impact” can inform and improve particular First 5 Humboldt funded programs. A chart of First 5 Humboldt funded programs was reviewed.

Commissioners reviewed the “Social Innovations” chart that showed the connections with Developmental Evaluation, the Evaluation Framework, and Collective Impact. Prior to today’s meeting, Commissioners received a link to watch a video by FSG about discovering better ways to solve social problems.

The following chart was reviewed and discussed:
Collective Impact
Common Shared Agenda
Shared Measurement
Mutually Reinforcing Activities
Continuous Communication
Backbone Support

Addressing Complexity…
When the process becomes the solution
Complexity and Emergence
Collective Vigilance
Collective Learning
Shifting Mindsets – Curiosity

A handout from Stanford Social Innovation Review:  Embracing Emergence – How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity was shared.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.


Next Meeting:
Wednesday, September 19, 2013
8-10 am
Humboldt County Office of Education, Madrone Room

Chair:  Claire Knox  

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



Future Meetings:
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013;  5-6:30 pm at HAF, Emmerson Room
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013;  5-7 pm at HCOE, Madrone Room
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013;  8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room