Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. Head StartEarly Head Start

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					Enrollment Opportunities in each County                                              About Douglas Cherokee                                          Services
 Blount County —191 slots—10 classrooms                                                  Economic Authority                                               for
  Cocke County—133 slots—7 classrooms                                             Head Start / Early Head Start                        Children and Families
 Grainger County—58 slots—3 classrooms
Hamblen County—230 slots—16 classrooms
                                                                                                                                      During the 2008-2009 school year, a total of
    (including 48 Early Head Start slots)                                     DCEA HS/EHS began in the summer of 1965 pro-
                                                                                                                                      1115 three & four year old children were
 Jefferson County—80 slots—4 classrooms                                       viding comprehensive child development services to
                                                                                                                                      served. 1051 families received services as
  Monroe County—80 slots—4 classrooms
                                                                              economically disadvantaged children and their fami-     well. 1064 children (95%) ended enrollment
  Sevier County—174 slots—9 classrooms
   Union County—60 slots—3 classrooms                                         lies with a focus on assisting preschoolers to de-      with up-to-date health screenings, physical

 958 total Head Start slots in eight counties                                                                                         exams and tests. 100 children received
                                                                              velop the social, early literacy and math skills they
48 Early Head Start slots in Hamblen County                                                                                           medical follow-up. 1042 children (93%) re-
                                                                              need to be successful in school. Children attend
  Total funded enrollment: 1006 children                                                                                              ceived dental exams and 91 children com-
                                                                              classrooms 4-5 days per week between 5 and 6            pleted restorative work.
 There are 56 classrooms and 35 sites. All
     classrooms have a 3 star rating.           Douglas-Cherokee Economic     hours a day. The program employs 264 staff per-
  56% of eligible 3 & 4 year olds in the 8                                                                                                                   Children brush teeth after
  county area are served by the program.
                                                      Authority, Inc.         sons in the eight county service area. All staff are
                                                                                                                                                              meals. This is just one
                                                                              certified in CPR and First Aid. All staff have work                              of the many activities
                                                Head Start/Early Head Start                                                                                  children participate in on
                                                                              history verification, reference checks, driving and                                   a daily basis.
                                                                              criminal record checks. All Drivers and Teacher
                                                              Annual          Assistants hold a Commercial Drivers license and

        Douglas-Cherokee                                       Public         are part of a random drug and alcohol testing pro-

    Head Start/Early Head Start                                               gram. All centers maintain a three star rating thru
                                                                                                                                      During the year, there were 67 Early Head
        Kay Hale, Director                                     Report         Tennessee Child Care Licensing.                         Start participants. 57 were infants and tod-
            127 Cedar Street
          Morristown, TN 37814                                                                                                        dlers and 10 were pregnant women. A total
                                                     2008-2009                                Mission Statement                       of 53 families were provided services during
                                                                                To be a quality-focused organization in order to      the year. 53 children (93%) ended enroll-                                                    bring about a greater degree of social competency
                                                                                  in children and self-sufficiency of families.       ment with up-to-date on health screenings
                   Serving:                                                                       Philosophy                          and physical exams. All 57 children (100%)
     Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen,                                                                                                had current immunizations. 14 children re-
                                                                              To be respectful of all, empower children and their
             Jefferson, Monroe,                                               families, and to be a positive influence in the com-    ceived medical follow-up. 56 children (98%)
        Sevier and Union Counties                                                               munity we serve.
                                                                                                                                      received a professional dental exam.
                                                                     Funding Sources                                              Expenditures                                            Education Services
Volunteers & Parent Involvement
                                                                                                                                                                             The program utilizes the Creative curriculum on a
                                                                                                                                                                             daily basis and children’s progress is monitored using
The DCEA Head Start/Early Head Start pro-                                                                                                                                    the Learning Accomplishment Profile assessment.
                                                                                                                                                                             All activities are implemented to help prepare chil-
gram is mandated to have in-kind/volunteer                                                                                                                                   dren for kindergarten. In the eight domain areas
match for any federal grant monies received.                                                                                                                                 tested from pre– to post-test, the program saw overall
This past year, there were a total of 2454 per-                                                                                                                              gains this year being one to two percentage points
sons that provided volunteer services to the                                                                                                                                 greater than last program year. 5 domain areas ex-
program. Of those, 1528 were current or for-                                                                                                                                 ceeded our program goal of 20% gain. Language
mer Head Start/Early Head Start parents.                                                                                                                                     development, literacy development and physical
This past year parents and volunteers were in-                                                                                                                               health were the 3 areas where less than 20% gains
                                                                                                                                                                             were documented. Average gains in these areas were
volved in activities such as: assisting in the                                                                                                                               18.2%., with two of the areas revealing higher gains
classroom, assisting with children’s screenings,                                                                                                                             than last year. Training for education staff has been
attending or providing monthly parent train-                                                                                                                                 planned that stresses these areas in order to realize
ings, attending Policy Council, serving on vari-                                                                                                                             our goal of 20% gain in all 8 domain areas.
ous committees, assisting in playground and
center renovations, mentoring other parents,
and participating in family days and cultural

                                                        Head Start Federal Grant       6,339,609    (64%)      Salaries                          3,807,450 (54%)
                                Parents and Volun-      Early Head Start Federal Grant 646,056 (7%)            Fringe Benefits                   1,147,266       (16%)
                                  teers assist in the
                               classrooms completing    Early Head Start Carry Over       49,500    (1%)       Travel/Equip/Services               189,859       (3%)
                                numerous activities
                                  with the children     Applicant/Local Money          2,402,500    (24%)      Supplies                             184,880      (3%)
                                                                                                                                                                             In order to prepare for the transition to kindergar-
                                                        USDA Food Program                430,835    (4%)       Facilities/Maint/Staff Dev. 1,235,364 (18%)                   ten, there were several activities that were incorpo-
                                                                                                                                                                             rated in to the classroom activities as well as meal-
                               Children with                                                                   Administrative                      454,517       (6%)        time activities. All children that would be attending
disabilities are served in the program in an            Giving Back to the Community                           USDA Food/Salary                    430,835       (6%)        kindergarten in the fall participated in a field trip to
                                                                                                                                                                             the local school where they were able to spend time
inclusive environment. This past year, 12
                                                        During the program year, there is so much that the                                                                   in a kindergarten class and eat lunch in the school
enrolled infants & toddlers were certified and                                                                                                                               cafeteria. Parent trainings were held to inform par-
received special services through TEIS (Tn.             program offers that goes back in to the communi-              The annual audit for 2008 was completed                ents of what was needed for their child to begin kin-
Early Intervention Systems). 161 three &                ties that are served. For instance, 271 staff per-            and our funding source has approved the                dergarten in the fall.
four year old children received special ser-            sons are employed by the program. Enrolled chil-              results. The audit for the 2009 year is
vices. Of those, 31 were certified prior to en-         dren received nutritious meals during the year:               currently underway and results will be
rollment and 130 disabilities were detected             99,553 breakfasts, 8,161 snacks, and 103,162                  forthcoming.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Enrollment Information
after enrollment. All children were provided            lunches. Raw food was purchased at local grocery
                                                        stores and food distributors. Local businesses were                                                                    100% enrollment was met each month during the program
support therapy services through their local
                                                        utilized to repair roofs, floors, and other building                                                                 year. 80% of all children enrolled had incomes below 100% of
education agency.
                                                        projects. It has been said that for every dollar       DCEA HS/EHS is a federal program primarily funded by           federal poverty guidelines. 16% were categorically eligible—
                                                                                                               the Dept. of Health & Human Services. HS does not dis-
            Special Services                            spent through the Head Start program, the com-
                                                                                                               criminate due to race, color, religion, sex, family status,      receiving public assistance, in foster care or homeless.
                                                        munity benefits at a rate of five times the one dol-   national origin, handicapped or veteran status.
                                                        lar investment.