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Head Start Program

2015-2016 School Readiness Report

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation (LHDC) Head Start and Early Head Start Program Goals and School Readiness Progress Growth Report 2015-2016

The following is a summary for LHDC Head Start and Early Head Start Program Goals and School Readiness Progress Growth report for the 2015-2016 program year.

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation’s Head Start and Early Head Start Program provides services to children from birth to age five, as well as to pregnant women. 489 children in Crawford, Harrison, Perry, and Spencer Counties received comprehensive services that promote school readiness, health screening, nutrition education, leadership opportunities, parent support and involvement.

Head Start and Early Head Start provide the groundwork for low-income children’s kindergarten readiness and life-long learning through its emphasis on developing School Readiness foundational skills in the areas of language and literacy, cognitive and general knowledge, social and emotional development, approaches to learning and physical development and health.

Head Start Federal Performance Standards make clear that programs must establish goals for improving the school readiness of children participating in the program. In both classroom and home-based settings, LHDC Head Start and Early Head Start utilize ongoing developmental assessment and specifically designed curricula for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  These are developed around the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Indiana Early Learning Foundations, Preschool and Kindergarten School Readiness Goals, and parent goals.

LHDC Head Start (ages 3-5) School Readiness Goals articulate the program’s expectation of children’s status and progress across the five essential domains of child development and early learning that will improve children’s readiness for kindergarten. The five essential domains are: Social Emotional, Language and Literacy, Approaches to Learning, Cognitive and General Knowledge, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.

Head Start Outcome Report 2015-2016

  1. Social Emotional
  2. Children will display the ability to recognize and regulate emotions, attention, impulses, and behavior.
  3. Children will demonstrate positive relationships and interaction with adults and peers.

By the end of the 2015-2016 program year 96% of the children achieved their social emotional goals. This is an improvement over the previous year’s percentage when 91% of the children had achieved the same goal.

  1. Language and Literacy
    1. Children will comprehend and use increasingly complex language to communicate.
    2. Children will demonstrate knowledge of the alphabet.
    3. Children will demonstrate phonological awareness.
    4. Children will demonstrate knowledge of print and print concepts.

94% of the children were meeting and/or exceeding the widely held expectation for the language goal in 2015- 2016; demonstrating an increase from the previous year when 90% of the children had met the goal.

LHDC Head Start also showed an improvement in children meeting the literacy goals for the 2015-2016 program year with 91% of the children meeting and/or exceeding the widely held expectations, outpacing the previous year’s achievement of 86%.

III. Approaches to Learning

  1. Children will display an interest and curiosity in learning through different activities and topics.
  2. Children will begin and finish activities with persistence and attention.

Over the course of the 2015-2016 program year, 96% of the children had achieved their approaches to learning goals, an improvement over the previous program year percentage of 93%.

  1. Cognitive and General Knowledge
  2. Children will use math in daily routines to count, compare, identify patterns and solve problems.
  3. Children will explore their environment through observation, manipulation, questioning and making predictions.

From September 2015 to May of 2016, 89% of the children achieved their cognitive goals, a gain from the previous program year when 82% of children achieved this goal.

By the program year’s end, 94% of the children had achieved their general knowledge goals, showing a growth over the previous program year results of 92%.

  1. Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
  2. Children will demonstrate gross motor manipulative skills.
  3. Children will demonstrate fine motor strength and coordination.
  4. Children will demonstrate safe and healthy habits daily.

For the 2015-2016 program year, 98% of the children achieved their physical well-being goals, indicating a growth for the students from the previous program year when 93% of the children met this goal.

97% of the children achieved their motor development goals, another growth for the children over the previous program year’s final report indicating 93% of children attained this goal.

Early Head Start Outcome Report 2015-2016

School Readiness goals and outcomes for Early Head Start (EHS) children (ages birth to three) are approached differently than those for older children. Because each child’s development varies greatly within the first three years of life, and because very young children learn through the context of relationships, school readiness is approached by emphasizing the importance of responsive relationships with adults.   Through weekly home-visits and regular social activities, EHS children and parents are provided an array of activities and resources to build upon skills that are necessary for success in preschool and kindergarten.

Early Head Start tracked development and growth for 123 children in the most recent program year, with the following results: (1) Nearly 99% of the children achieved their Social-Emotional Growth targets; (2) In Language and Literacy Skills, 87% of the children met their goals; (3) 100% of those served achieved their goals related to Approaches to Learning; (4) Cognition and General Learning goals attainment was nearly 93%; and (5) 94% of children met Physical Well-Being and Motor Development standards.

More specific information on Head Start and Early Head Start goals and outcomes can be found on those program pages.

 

LHDC Head Start & Early Head Start Previous and Planned Expenditures