Special Projects

 

In addition to our regular services, we also provide, depending on funding each year, the following programs:

Kindergarten Readiness Group

We offered an intensive group learning experience to 54 kindergarten-bound children who did not achieve targeted goals in the spring Developmental Continuum’s Language and Literacy Outcomes. Kindergarten Readiness Group (KRG) sessions occurred four days per week, two and a half hours per day, for a total of 22 sessions between June 23 and July 31, 2009. KRG curriculum was structured to strengthen those areas not yet at target. We added parent groups to extend KRG curriculum goals and learning strategies into the home

Health Treatment Project

We assigned an employee to a six week project in the summer of 2009 to work with parents to complete children’s dental and medical treatments. In our first year, of the 52 children who at the end of the school year still needed to complete dental treatment by July 31, 37 children had completed treatment. The remaining fifteen children were incomplete due to dentists’ appointment schedules.

English as a Second Language Class

We implemented an English as a Second Language (ESL) Class for enrolled parents, in collaboration with EdCC’s Family Literacy program. The class encompassed 260 ninety-minute class sessions (130 morning, 130 afternoon) over three quarters (fall, winter, spring). Our maximum enrollment was 22 students per class, or 44 students per quarter, or 132 students per school year. Students included enrolled parents from Mexico, India, Sudan and Iran.

Opportunity for Parents to Earn Family Life Education Credits

Parents could enroll in Edmonds Community College’s Family Life Education (FLED) program designed for Head Start Parents. Participants earned college credits for their participation in Head Start and for attending FLED workshops. Over 600 Head Start parents were enrolled for FLED credits over three quarters.

In-House Interpreter/Translation Pool

In program year 2007 we spent $114,695 on outside interpretive services. To save costs and gain quality control, we created and implemented an in-house pool of interpreters and translators for program year 2008. As a result, we spent only $74,507 after launching the in-house interpreter program in January 2009.