May 21, 2014 Print E-mail

  

 

Meeting Minutes of May 21, 2014 
(Approved on 6/18/14)

I.  Welcome and Introductions

Present:  Susan Buckley, Jessica Callahan, Sydney Fisher Larson, Rebecca Lowry, Sheryl Lyons, Ronnie Swartz, Ovieda Elliott
Staff:  Wendy Rowan
Consultants:   Kim Puckett, Nancy Howatt
Guests:  Chris Frenzel, Jackie Hamilton, Lisa Henninger, Kerry Venegas, Elaine DuBois, JoAnn Bauer, Jeanine Lancaster, Jen Renner, Jeannie Campbell, Nick Vogel, Carole Wolfe, Beth Heavilin, Cameron Mull, Meg Walkley, Mary Ann Hansen, Haydee Hopkins, Soledad Torres, Jeanette Hurst, Martha Shanahan, Kim Rios
Absent:  Mark Lovelace, Dian Pecora  

 

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

 

II.  Public Comments and Announcements
JoAnn Bauer, County Children’s Librarian, described upcoming library events for children and families.  Jackie Hamilton, Ready to Learn Coordinator for KEET TV, shared that she is looking to start training folks to do what she does.
 

III.  Executive Director Report
Wendy reminded Commissioners about the annual Retreat that is scheduled for July 9th and encouraged Commissioners to send suggestions for agenda items. She also reminded people that at the June  Commission meeting: program results, leaders, and community partners are recognized, and now is the time to send in nominations. FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT will be tabling at a variety of events throughout the summer as a way of outreaching to families with young children.  Sydney provided an update on the status SB 837 and SB 1123, looks like these bills will not have much traction after all.

IV.  Approval of Minutes:  Commission Meeting Minutes of April 17, 2014
ACTION:   The minutes were approved with the request from Commissioner Fisher Larson that her name should not be hyphenated.

 

V.  Action Item:  Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
Commissioners reviewed the Program Evaluation Team (PET) Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 at the last meeting. Four recommendations for the following Parent & Family Support  (PFS) Programs were not reviewed at the last meeting and need to be reviewed at today’s meeting, which are:  Tiny Tots Playgroup, Trinidad Playgroup, Willow Creek Family Resource Center, and HCOE Partnership/Children & Families Support Specialist and Inclusion Specialist.

Wendy suggested taking Actions by the categorized programs, which are PFS Programs, Health & Well-Being Programs, and Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Programs. Core programs were identified that may cause conflicts of interest for some Commissioners in the decision-making process.

During the meeting, Program leaders were invited to comment about the PET recommendations for their programs.

 

PFS Programs:
Commissioner Elliott announced a conflict of interest for the HCOE Partnership/Children & Families Support Specialist and Inclusion Specialist funding, recused herself, and left the room during the decision-making process. Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the HCOE Partnership.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the HCOE Partnership/Children & Families Support Specialist and Inclusion Specialist funding, with Commissioner Elliott recusing herself and leaving the room during the decision-making process.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Willow Creek Family Resource Center.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Willow Creek Family Resource Center.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Trinidad Playgroup.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Trinidad Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Tiny Tots Playgroup. Elaine DuBois talked about the Tiny Tots Playgroup, the support/resources they are receiving from the Arcata United Methodist Church, and the increase in funding from First 5 Humboldt.  Meg Walkley shared that 15 families are participating in the Parenting Counts “Hot Topics” series at Tiny Tots.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Tiny Tots Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Switchboard. Jeanette Hurst talked about the changes in fiscal administration at the Switchboard. HCAR has agreed to take over the fiscal administration for the Switchboard, because United Way is closing the doors for the regional manager in our area.  An Advisory Committee was established to work towards sustaining funding for the Switchboard. Under HCAR’s administration, there should be no changes in the daily operation of the Switchboard.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Switchboard.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center/Playgroups. Lisa Henninger shared books made by a playgroup leader in Southern Humboldt, and resources from the Family Resource Center (FRC). She gave updates about the playgroups and about her work as the 0-5 Coordinator.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center/Playgroups.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Rio Dell Family Resource Center/Playgroup. Wendy shared that this program has been identified for an in-depth review this year and a workgroup was formed to incorporate the CA Standards for Family Strengthening & Support.  Meg provided an update on her work with the Rio Dell Playgroup. Martha Shanahan shared that the in-depth review has been a positive experience.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Rio Dell Resource Center/Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Orleans Playgroup.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Orleans Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Multiple Assistance Center (MAC). The MAC was part of an in-depth review this year and a workgroup was formed to develop a plan to serve children age 0-3 and their parents.  Nick Vogel and Jeannie Campbell provided updates about the MAC and the new activities/programs that are being incorporated, and their collaboration with the Dept. of Health & Human Services.  Nick shared that the workgroup was very helpful.
Wendy explained that the current recommendation is to designate up to $50,000 in Safety Net Funds for the MAC, until a plan is in place.  The Parent & Family Support Subcommittee then will review the plan and bring it to the Commission for approval.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the MAC.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for MOPS.  Wendy shared that this program will be part of an in-depth review next Fiscal Year.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for MOPS.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the McKinleyville Playgroup. Beth Heavilin provided an updated about the McKinleyville Playgroup.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the McKinleyville Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. Susan Buckley provided an update of the work of the McKinleyville Family Resource Center and the Dept. of Health & Human Services in regards to the grant from the Cowell Foundation.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the McKinleyville Family Resource Center.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for Manila Family Resource Center. Manila FRC was part of an in-depth review this year and a workgroup was formed to incorporate the CA Standards for Family Strengthening. Carole Wolfe shared a brochure of the Manila FRC and gave an update on the work of the FRC in Manila.  Manila is undergoing a lot of transition and changes within the Family Resource Center, and the community. Wendy explained that the current recommendation is to reserve up to $20,000 for the Manila FRC, until a plan is in place. The Parent & Family Support Subcommittee then will review the plan and bring it to the Commission for approval.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for Manila Family Resource Center.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the FUN Play Center.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the FUN Play Center.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Fortuna Playgroup.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Fortuna Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Discovery Museum.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Discovery Museum.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Bridgeville Playgroup. Chris Frenzel asked to reconsider permanently eliminating funding for the Bridgeville Playgroup, and that in a year they would hope to be stabilized enough to resume offering the playgroup. Commission staff suggested that Bridgeville could be considered for funding in the future per the Program Evaluation Team Review process.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Bridgeville Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Blue Lake FRC/ Playgroup. Kim Rios shared that the Blue Lake FRC will be open on a full-time basis next year. A partnership with the Blue Lake Rancheria was formed.  Kim handed out a flyer and gave an update on the changes within the Playgroup leadership, and gave updates on FRC activities.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Blue Lake FRC/ Playgroup.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Arcata Play Center.  Cameron Mull gave an update on the Arcata Play Center and the activities at the Play Center.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Arcata Play Center. 

Health & Well-Being Programs:
Susan Buckley and Sheryl Lyons announced a conflict of interest for the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan and the Nurse Family Partnership.  Both Commissioners recused themselves and left the room during the decision-making process. 
Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendations for the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan and the Nurse Family Partnership.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendations for the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan and the Nurse Family Partnership, with Commissioners Buckley and Lyon recusing themselves and leaving the room during the decision-making process.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendations for the following programs:  Healthy Kids Humboldt, Paso a Paso, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and TOOTH. Commissioners discussed the elimination of funding for SART.  Wendy gave an update about SART and shared that she has been in touch with the Rape Crisis Team. She suggested that it may be more strategic for us, if funds are needed, to contract with the Rape Crisis Team in the future.  Haydee Hopkins talked about her work with the Paso a Paso Program and the clientele the program serves.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendations for Healthy Kids Humboldt, Paso a Paso, SART, and TOOTH.

ECCE Programs:
Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Community Transition Teams (CTTs).
The recommendation for elimination of funding for the CTTs was discussed. Lisa Henninger shared that schools in the Southern Humboldt communities were disappointed to hear about the recommendation for elimination of the CTT funding.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Community Transition Teams (CTT).

Commissioners reviewed the PET Recommendation for the Hoopa School Readiness Program.  Wendy introduced Kerry Venegas, Education Director for the Hoopa Tribe. Part of the recommendation is to end our contractual relationship with the School District and enter into a contractual relationship with the Tribe. Mary Ann Hansen suggested that the recommendation is a positive move for the Hoopa School Readiness Program. Mary Ann gave an update of her work with the School Readiness Program during the year, and talked about the PET recommendation for young children in the  Hoopa Community . Kerry Venegas suggested that the School Readiness Program will be a good fit with the Hoopa Tribal Education Program and talked about ways to strengthen the program activities. Kerry shared that the School District’s interest at this point is Transitional Kindergarten, and that the School Readiness Program would be a better fit with the Tribe’s Education Program.  Kerry said that the Tribe and the School District will continue to partner in the School Readiness Program, for instance with the Summer Program. Kerry talked about her work with the Education Program for the Tribe. Wendy shared that the School Superintendent is in support of the PET recommendation.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Hoopa School Readiness Program.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for KEET TV Ready To Learn. Jackie Hamilton gave a brief update about her work with the Ready To Learn Program.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for KEET TV’s Ready To Learn Program.

Commissioners reviewed the PET recommendation for the Library Partnership. JoAnn Bauer talked about the Library’s partnership with other First 5 Humboldt funded programs. The safety concerns from parents at the Eureka and Arcata Library branches were discussed.  JoAnn and Jeanine Lancaster gave updates about new children’s programs at the various Library branches.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Library Partnership.

 

VI.  Action Item:  Commission Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
The budget was presented at the last meeting and suggestions were made, including reducing the transfer from the Sustainability Fund to balance the budget.
Wendy reviewed the budget and budget narrative with Commissioners. The budget’s revenue streams were examined. The Expenditures, including Evaluation, Salaries/Benefits, Operating cost, and County charges were reviewed. Commissioners reviewed funding for the 3-year agreements, In-House Initiatives, and 1-year agreements. The Small Grants/CLIF budget, Safety Net budget, and Program Support Outside budget were reviewed. The total budget for FY 2014/2015 is in the amount of $1,629,243. The chart of the program expenses by Budget Units was reviewed.
ACTION:  The Commission Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/15 was approved as presented.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm

 

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
5 – 7 pm
Humboldt Area Foundation, Emmerson Room
363 Indianola Road, Bayside 

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

Future Meetings:

Commission Retreat, July 9, 2014, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bayside
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
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