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Title: Overview Strategic Plan 20062007

OverviewStrategic Plan2006-2007
Strategic Planning Process Spring Fall 2006
  • Primary Goals (1) to update 2005 plan given
    program re-organization, (2) develop strategies
    to diversify funding-base
  • Looked at internal and external issues
  • Revised mission, vision, values
  • Revised program descriptions, strategies, and
  • Identified strategies to expand and diversify
    funding base

Members of Committee, Meeting Schedule
  • Committee Chaired by Rick Jaramillo, Bank of
    America, CC Board Member
  • Other active participants included seven other
    Board Members, five Partners Council members, two
    other community members and Senior Staff
  • Committee met eight times from April to November
  • Process was facilitated by Joe Synan, Leadingwell

Providing Context
  • How many young children in region?
  • Criteria for child well-being (poverty, education
    of parents, access to early education)
  • Rationale for investing in very young children

Number of Young Children in Gulf Coast
  • 2,069,657 children, 0 5 years, live in Texas
  • 493,740 children 0 5 years, (almost 25 of
    Texas total), live in Gulf Coast region
  • 95 (468,303) of young children in Gulf Coast
    region live in five counties (Harris, Ft. Bend,
    Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston)

Source Texas Kids Count, U.S. Census Data, 2003
Population of Young Children in
Five Largest Counties
Of five most populous counties in Gulf Coast
Region, Harris County is by far the largest,
making up over three quarters of the young
children, birth through age five, in these
Source Texas Kids Count, U.S. Census Data, 2003
Demographics of Young Children in Texas Gulf Coast
There is significant diversity among the 493,737
children 0 5, who live in the Gulf Coast

Source Texas Kids Count, U.S. Census Data, 2003
Factors that Impact Child Outcomes
Family Income and Education

Indicators Correlated to Child Outcomes Income,
Education of Parents
  • Children showed more cognitive, language and
    social competence when parents were more
    educated, had higher incomes and provided home
    environments that were emotionally supportive and
    cognitively enriched.

Source National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development, The NICHD Study of Early
Child Care and Youth Development Findings for
Children up to Age 4 ½ Years, August 2006
Correlation of Income and Education to
Vocabulary Development
Source Hart Risley, Meaningful Differences in
the Everyday Experience of Young American
Children, 1995
Annual Household Income for Harris, Fort
Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria and Galveston Counties
Source American Community Survey, 2003
U.S. Census Bureau
for Houston
Poverty Level falls far below what is necessary
to meet basic needs
  • The federal poverty level for a family of three
    is 16,600/yr., 20,000/yr. for a family of four
  • To meet basic needs in Harris County area, family
    of three needs 39,994 a year
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF,
    replaced welfare) is 193/month(2,316/year)
    for a family of three

Sources U.S. Health and Human Services, Federal
Poverty Guidelines, 2006 Center for Public
Policy Priorities, Family Security Index
Child Poverty in Gulf
Coast Region
Nearly 70,000 young children, 0 5 years, live
in poverty in regions five largest counties
Source American Community Survey, 2003, U.S.
Census Bureau
Educational Attainment of Adults Five Largest
Counties in Region
Education Impacts Income!
Source U. S. Census Bureau, 2002
Children in Child Care Number of Children in Car
e, Quality of Care

Families with All Parents in the Workplace,
Children Under 6
  • 55 of young children in 4 largest counties
    (242,573 families) have all parents working
  • Working parents choose between relative care,
    residential care by non-family adult,
    center-based care

Source American Community Survey, U.S. Census
Bureau, 2004
Types and Numbers of Licensed Child Care Centers
and Registered Homes
  • 2,058 licensed child care centers in Gulf Coast
  • 2,464 registered family homes in region
  • Unknown number of children in informal care by
    relative, neighbor, friend, nanny.

Licensing Standards -- Lead Teacher
Licensing Standards -- Teacher to Child
Child Care Centers Meeting Minimum Licensing
Monitoring Plans of Licensed Child Care
Monitoring Plans Defined 1 Requires frequent m
onitoring (3-5 months), problems with meeting
standards 2 More frequent monitoring (6-9 months
) due to past problems 3 Typically meets minimum
standards (visits 10-12 months)
Number of Accredited Child Care Centers in Region
  • 6 of the 2,058 licensed child care centers in 13
    county Region are accredited by the National
    Association for the Education of Young Children

Source NAEYC Website
Case for Investing in Young Children Components
of Collaborative for Children Strategic Plan

Why is it important to invest in Young Children?
Three Main Reasons
Why is it important to invest in Young Children?
  • Scientific Evidence

Source Neurons to Neighborhoods, The Science of
Early Childhood, National Academy Press, 2001
Why is it important to invest in Young Children?
Economic Evidence
High quality early education is the most highly
leveraged education investment a community can
make with significant returns on investment.
Three longitudinal studies have demonstrated that
quality early education contributes to
  • Reduced special education costs, lower grade
    repetition, higher high school graduation and
    college participation rates.

Source Perry Preschool Project, Abecederian
Project, Chicago Parent Child Study, Texas AM
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Why is it important to invest in Young Children?
Community Benefit
80 of new jobs in our economy require an
education beyond high school.
  • Children who reach kindergarten school ready
    are more likely to master reading and math and be
    able to succeed in higher level courses using
    thinking skills required by the jobs of the
    21st Century economy.
  • Children who complete high school and go on to
    college will generate higher incomes, have lower
    involvement in the criminal justice system and
    reduced dependence on social services.

Mission Revised
New Mission Building a strong educational found
ation for young children to succeed in school and
Vision Revised
New Vision
for the Texas Gulf Coast Region
Quality early education and care for all
children, beginning at birth.
Values Revised
  • Excellence
  • Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Accountability

Collaborative for Children Investing to Achieve
our Vision
Family Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan Key Strategies
  • Expanding investment in parent education
  • Staff trained on Positive Behavior Support
  • Staff trained on Practical Parenting Curriculum
  • Launching Quality Indicator System to provide
    parents with additional information on quality of
    early education programs

Family Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan
  • Key Strategies (continued)
  • Promoting Single Point of Entry
  • for parents trying to determine
  • eligibility for early education
  • programs
  • Maintain national accreditation
  • of Child Care Resource and Referral System
  • Expand parent volunteer training in schools to
    provide part-time assistant to teachers in PreK
    and K classrooms

Family Engagement
  • Measuring Impact
  • 2006 Goal of serving 18,000 families, with
    60,840 children
  • 2007 Goal of serving19,800 families, with
    66,920 children

Example of Metric in Family Engagement
Calls to Resource and Referral Center
Total Clients Served Q 1-3 2005 13,029
Total Clients Served Q 1-3 2006 14,817 ( 13.7)

Provider Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan Key
  • Expand visibility at professional development
    conferences with information tables,
  • Make better utilization of
  • website to promote services,
  • training opportunities
  • Introduce fees for service training program

Provider Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan Key Strategies
  • Continue to impact quality of early
  • education programs through
  • Program Assessment and Quality
  • Improvement Plan development
  • Mentoring Directors and Teachers
  • Modeling appropriate practices in classrooms
  • Offering Professional Development through
  • Providing financial resources and incentives
    (scholarships, bonuses for course completion)
  • Coaching centers on achieving national

Provider Engagement
  • Measuring Impact
  • 2006 Goal of partnering with approximately 200
  • education programs and
  • 2,500 directors and teachers
  • serving 37,500 children
  • 2007 Goal of partnering with 250 early
    education programs and 3,000 directors and
    teachers serving 45,000 children

Example of Assessment Results of Bright Beginn
ings Quality Improvement Initiative
Source Bright Beginnings Evaluation, University
of Houston School of Education Frank Porter
Graham Child Development Center, Environmental
Rating Scales, national tool used to assess early
education programs
Community Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan Key Strategies
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Speaker toolkit to include video making
  • case for investing in early education,
  • presentations tailored to different
  • audiences
  • Plan lecture series inviting nationally known
    experts in field to share latest scientific and
    economic research related to early childhood
  • Partner with medical community to improve early
    literacy and healthy development of children

Community Engagement
  • Highlights of Plan Key Strategies (continued)
  • Plan and begin to pilot major early childhood
    initiative, with goal to increase school
    readiness, third grade reading levels, and high
    school completion
  • City of Houston
  • HISD, other school districts
  • Texas Childrens Hospital
  • Others

Community Engagement Legislative Agenda 2007
  • State Legislative Agenda for 2007
  • Increase professional development resources for
    infant/toddler classrooms
  • Improve quality and expand access to
  • Increase training for child care directors and
    teachers, with special focus on teachers of
    infants and toddlers
  • Increase reimbursement rates for
  • child care programs participating in
    subsidized child care

Community Engagement
  • Measuring Impact
  • 2006 Prepare tools for Speakers Bureau, develop
    legislative agenda
  • 2007 Speakers Bureau volunteers recruited and
    trained, Speakers Bureau promoted to business,
    medical, faith-based and parent groups Progress
    made on at least two of four items in legislative
    agenda pilot launched for major early education

Partner with Us to Achieve our Vision for the
children in the Gulf Coast Region!
  • Dr. Kevin Krull, Texas Childrens Hospital
    Brain development in preschool children is a
    rapid dynamic process. Early intervention and
    prevention are essential!
  • The WorkSource Our region needs to improve the
    quality of early childhood education and provide
    access to PreK programs for more children.
  • HISD College graduation starts in
  • We have a bold vision for our region and need
    your help to achieve it!
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