Submitted Summaries of Programs (Reviews)
Between April 10 and April 16 (Review Summaries):
Submit your review summary for your assigned program via the “Submit Your Summary link below. Once it is submitted, it will appear on the list below the link. You are free to read other summaries that have been submitted at this point, but comments will not open until April 17.
Between April 17 and May 1 (Evaluations):
Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program / The Children’s Place Early Care and Education Center
Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers
The Teen Parent School Program provides high school curriculum to enable teens to reach graduation while supporting the new parent needs, skill sets, and at-risk issues. The Early Care and Education Program is full-day care for 6-week olds to entry into Kindergarten. The combination of these programs support the success of the teens and children. UWMM has been supporting these programs for 15 years due to their track record of success. Last year about 15 teens were supported. 100% of their recent 4th-year high school students have graduated. They collaborate with Waterville High School on academic programming, expanding the options for education. A scholarship program is available for post-secondary education. Counseling, parenting resources, food, and life skills are provided through collaboration with Harland Turner Counseling, KVCAP, Good Shephard Food Bank, Healthy Northern Kennebec, and other community organizations. Due to the above, the programs clearly align with the Education focus of UWMM and meet the Additional Criteria. They do have clear goals, mostly centered on the Teen Program, to improve effectiveness and efficiency (e.g., obtaining a vehicle for transporting teens). Supporting and enabling these teens to be successful now is definitely a cost-saving compared to the societal support that would be needed later under less optimal future scenarios. They have a much higher probability of contributing to the community through the success of this program.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
A site visit was conducted on April 12, 2019 with Rebecca Judd, Director for the Teen Parent Program and Mandy Howard, Director for the Children’s Place. We reviewed the programs and how they fit together, the multiple community collaborations that enhance the programs, and the strengths and weaknesses. The strengths they mentioned echoed the ones I described below on this form. Weaknesses include not always having a spot for a teen child in the child education program since their space is limited. Teens with children can come into the program at any time and they cannot hold space available since they do not know if or when this might occur. They also wish they could have more time in the day to teach additional parenting and life skills. Between school time and child time for the teens, time is always short for additional learning topics. They have reached their 2019 goal of acquiring a vehicle and are now working out the schedule of drivers. I received a tour of the program buildings and learning spaces.
The combination of teen high school education, parenting skills support, and quality childcare/early education programs all in one place., The collaboration with Waterville High School and Mid-Maine Technical Center for additional education options., The family and teen parenting support collaborations with other community organizations for issues such as counseling, food security, life skills, social education, etc., The high school graduation success rate.
The teen parent school operates each year at a loss, using funds from an endowment fund to cover costs. They have been able to sustain this so far with their grants and other pots of funds.
Henning Stabins agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $13,000.00.
Henning Stabins’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $13,000.00
Recommendations and Comments
Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.
Rachel GrantDefinitely Fund
Leon Duff/Ann LindemanDefinitely Fund
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
Cheryl FlewellingDefinitely Fund
Robert DahlgrenDefinitely Fund
This is such a success story. Many lives will be impacted positively by this program. Great inter-agency coordination.
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
Susan RoyDefinitely Fund