A Message from the Chief Executive Officer
Dear Friends of CLC:
Another exciting year comes to a close and I am pleased to tell you that CLC, our crown jewel , shines brighter than ever! We have continued to maintain service to nearly 1,000 children while we completed phase one of our consolidation from 17 to 7 sites. Childcare Learning Centers just completed it 110th anniversary and we have so much to celebrate on this grand occasion. This year’s Jazz Cabaret was the most successful fundraiser CLC has had since the downturn in the economy. We were thrilled to have four honorees from our new partner, Yale University: Drs. Marc Brackett, Susan Rivers, Walter Gillium, and Yale Provost, Peter Salovey. These four researchers will be directing the development and testing of a new preschool program in Emotional Literacy made possible through a 3 year grant from the federal government whereby CLC will serve as Yale’s laboratory, contributing to the greater body of preschool research nation-wide. The teachers, staff, parents, Board of Directors, Leadership Council and I couldn’t be prouder of what our children and the organization have achieved this year.
With the support of the Yale grant, our teachers will continue on their path to a higher level of excellence. The training they receive over the next three years will provide our teachers with college credit toward their credentials and degree programs. CLC’s goal is for 50% of all teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree and 50% of all assistant teachers to hold an associates degree in Early Childhood Education by the year 2015. By training our teachers in the most innovative teaching techniques, our students grow to their highest potential. They enter the Public School System ready to learn, on equal footing with their peers, and with a strong foundation to build and hold their place as adults in the world. These preschool experiences are our best investment in closing the achievement gap in our state. As well, CLC saves our community over $105,000,000 in the long term by reducing the longer costs of remediation, risky teenage behavior, incarceration, and unemployment.
This is why it is so important for CLC to continue to maintain and grow our education program for the nearly 1000 children we serve in 7 facilities around our community. State and federal subsidies are not sufficient to cover the true cost of our programming and services. We can only achieve this with your help. Please consider donating to our great cause to ensure that all families in Fairfield County have access to a comprehensive, high quality, early childhood education program.
Barbara Garvin-Kester, Ed.D.
- Funded enrollment:
- Head Start: 213
- Early Head Start: 60
- Delegate: 34
- Federal Funding sources:
- Head Start: $1,604,57
- Early Head Start: $890,373
- Delegate: $227,306
- State Department of Education
- $193,976 for an Enhancement Grant which provided full-day, school-year services for 35 Head Start children and 34 Family Centers children in Greenwich (delegate).
- $156,481 for an Expansion Grant which provided full-day full-year services for 20 State Head Start children.
- $30,875 for a Link Grant to support math and literacy enrichment.
- $21,375 for Link Grant for the Family Centers children in Greenwich (delegate).
- $7,002 for Head Start Services
- $86,746 from Pitney Bowes for extended day services.
- Federal Funding sources:
- The program served 282 children in Head Start which included 38 children from our delegate, 105 children and 9 pregnant women in Early Head Start during the fiscal year of 2010-2011. The average monthly enrollment was 100% for Head Start and Early Head Start.
- Ninety-nine percent (99%) of Head Start and 94% of Early Head Start children were up-to-date on a schedule of age-appropriate preventive and primary health care. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the children in Head Start and 85% of Early Head Start children received dental exams. The program coordinated services for 30 children suspected with disabilities in Head Start and 15 children in Early Head Start.
- One hundred and fifty six (156) CLC children entered kindergarten. Child Outcomes results using the Teaching Strategies Gold Continuum assessment showed that in the Spring of 2011, eighty-eight percent (88%) of the children ages 4 and 5 mastered skills in the area of Book Knowledge and Appreciation, 89% in Print concepts, and 73% in Mathematics. The teachers provided enrichment activities targeting children entering kindergarten. The program implemented its Transition Plan to assist the parents whose children were entering kindergarten.
- The program developed, incorporated and aligned the educational domains required by the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, the Teaching Strategies Gold and the Connecticut Early Learning Standards into a Head Start Framework 2011 for curriculum development and lesson planning. The program is currently establishing school readiness goals aligned with the Head Start Framework, the Connecticut State Early Learning Standards and the Stamford Public Schools expectations to enhance the knowledge and skills that children are expected to gain upon entering kindergarten.
- The program provided many parent involvement activities such as Diversity Week, Fitness, Math and Kindergarten Nights, as well as Parent education programs on child development, child health and nutrition, parent’s rights and stress management. The program offered other opportunities such as literacy training and continuing education for adults, volunteering and involvement in the decisions-making of the program i.e. policy council. Fifteen (15) parents also graduated from PEP (People Empowering People) program.
- The HS/EHS program had a triennial review conducted by the Office of Head Start in October 2011. The informal result was excellent. The program is expecting a written and formal report from the Office of Head Start within 45 days. The program is currently in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policy requirements related to the Head Start Performance Standards and the Head Start Act.