March 19, 2014 Print E-mail


Meeting Minutes of March 19, 2014 
(Approved on 4/17/14)

I.  Welcome and Introductions

Present:  Susan Buckley, Jessica Callahan, Ovieda Elliott, Sydney Fisher Larson, Mark Lovelace, Rebecca Lowry, Sheryl Lyons, Dian Pecora
Staff:  Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Consultants:   Kim Puckett, Nancy Howatt, Maria Vanderhorst
Guests:  Jackie Hamilton, Lorey Keele, Sarah Vogel, Jeanine Lancaster
Absent:  Ronnie Swartz

 Sydney Fisher Larson called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm

 II.  Public Comments and Announcements

  • Jackie Hamilton shared the Daniel Tiger flyer and the April Ready To Learn calendar.
  • Sydney Fisher Larson announced the roll-out of a video premiere and panel discussion for “Diverse Teachers for Diverse Children.” The roll-out is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th from 7-8:30 pm at the College of the Redwoods.


III.  Executive Director Report

  • Staff is currently involved in the annual Program Evaluation Team (PET) preparations, which are scheduled on April 4th.  Commissioners will receive the PET recommendations at the April 17th Commission meeting.
  • The Visioning Retreat for a Pacific North West Child Trauma Institute is scheduled on Sunday, March 23rd.  HSU is hosting the Retreat.
  • The Public Hearing for the First 5 California Annual Report for FY 12/13, and the First 5 Humboldt Strategic Plan Update is scheduled for Thursday, March 27th from 5-7 pm at the Humboldt County Library.
  • We have mailed an audit bid to several auditors within the North West region that are familiar with First 5 Commission audits.
  • Packets from the Cultural Proficiency Action Plan release were routed. The Action Plan was released on March 14th at the Wharfinger. Commissioner Lowry shared that the event was well attended.  She appreciated that local people with cultural knowledge participated in the process. Participants at her table had rich discussions, and were in agreement that returning to basic values that unite all cultures and values is the best starting point. Commissioner Buckley agreed and said that this work is a long-term effort.  She appreciated the concreteness and thoroughness of the process for developing a Cultural Proficiency Action Plan.
  • Commissioners received the Working Strategies Volume 17, Issue 1: Winter 2013-14 issue. Wendy referred to page 10 of this newsletter, which talks about the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for the Study of Social Policy infusing areas of the Five Protective Factors into pediatric practices.
  • Wendy asked Commissioner Fisher Larson to give an update about two early education bills at the State level.  Commissioner Fisher Larson gave updates on SB 837 - the Kindergarten Readiness Act, and the partnership bill, SB 1123 - Child Care & Development: California Strong Start Program. Commissioner Fisher Larson also shared that the State Assembly’s first joint budget hearing on child care issues occurred, where concerns were raised about how funds are being spent.
  • The red folder was routed, which included a card from founding Commissioner Rebecca Stauffer, a letter of support for AB 1454 from the First 5 Association, and an article/opinion page from the New York Times about expansion of early childhood education.


IV.  Approval of Minutes:  Commission Meeting Minutes of February 20, 2014
ACTION:  The meeting minutes of 2/20/14 were approved as written.


V.  Information Item:  FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT Evaluation Report, January – December 2013

Evaluators Kim Puckett and Maria Vanderhorst showed a Power Point summary of the Annual Evaluation Report, January – December 2013. The report structure follows the 2013 Evaluation Framework and multiple data sources compiled, such as playgroup and participant surveys, site visits, MDRDPs, and submitted reports. Other collected data sources include data from the state, federal, and the county level. In calendar year 2013, 493 participant surveys were received and reviewed.

The Annual Evaluation Report discusses evaluation results by the Commission’s Strategic Goals, the Action under each Goal, and the Indicators associated with the Actions. Evaluators gave examples about results from funded programs for each indicator, such as percentage of births at normal birth weight, number of pregnant teens, and child health accessibility indicator. Other indicators discussed were: oral health indicator, access to food indicator, parenting capacity and connection indicators, literacy skills indicators, communities & neighborhoods indicators, child care and early education indicators, school readiness indicators and collaborative partnerships/linkages indicators.

Evaluators showed graphs about health insurance coverage, parents/caregivers reporting satisfaction with services, dealing better with parenting issues, parent/caregiver awareness of developmental stages, positive program effects, playgroup survey results, reading/looking at books with children, singing songs/listening to music with children, screen time for children ages 0-2 and 3-5, fostering social ties, connection to other parents, early childhood educators reading to children in their care, library family friendliness, readiness for school MDRDP 2013 kindergarten classes, third grade STAR test scores comparison, playgroups and school readiness, collaborative partnerships, survey results related to Children & Family Support Specialist and Inclusion Specialist direct assistance to program leaders and to parents/caregivers at selected programs, providing family focused services based on resiliency, and increased connections to services.

In calendar year 2013, 12,225 children ages 0-5, 9,342 parents/caregivers, and 1,959 other family members were served across the programs. The number of playgroup visits across the funded playgroups by children and parents/caregivers in calendar year were 12,775 for children age 0-5, and 10,437 for parents/caregivers.

Evaluators had the following recommendations: 

Evaluation Process: 1. Revise and update Evaluation Framework and Indicators; 2. Continue to develop methods to better evaluate collaborative partnerships; 3. Work with other community groups/agencies to develop appropriate methods for data sharing; 4. Work with Humboldt County Office of Education and school districts to better collect data on playgroup and preschool attendance; 5. Continue to address findings from the Evaluation Systems Assessment; 6. Continue to explore additional methods of evaluation playgroups; 7. Review reporting guidelines and evaluation instruments and revise as appropriate.

Programmatic recommendations:  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 Annual Evaluation Report.


VI.  Discussion Item:  Commission Subcommittee Membership

Commissioners reviewed the current membership for the following subcommittees: Early Childhood Care & Education, Evaluation Action Team, Fiscal, Parent & Family Support, Health & Well-Being, Advocacy, and Executive Committee.

With new Commissioners appointed to FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT, the subcommittee membership list needs to be updated. Commissioners need to decide on which subcommittee they want to serve.  In addition, Commissioners can recommend community members to serve on the subcommittees.

Wendy said that we need one more Commissioner to serve on the Executive Committee and one more Commissioner on the Fiscal Subcommittee. Commissioners Buckley, Pecora, and Lowry volunteered to be a member on the Health & Well-Being Subcommittee. The Advocacy Subcommittee needs to be reviewed and restructured, if appropriate.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.


Next Meeting:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
8 – 10:30 am
First 5 Humboldt Office

Chair:  Sheryl Lyons 



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

Future Meetings:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014;  5 – 7:30 pm, Humboldt Area Foundation, Emmerson Room
Wednesday, June 18, 2014;  5 – 7 pm, location TBD
Commission Retreat, July 2014; Day/time/location TBD
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014;  5 – 7 pm, location TBD
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014;  8 – 10 am, First 5 Humboldt Office
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014;  5-6:30 pm, location TBD
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014; 5 – 7 pm, location TBD
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014; 8 – 10 am, location TBD