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):
Skowhegan Before & After School Program
BASP provides educational child care for children between the ages of Pre-K to 2nd grade. There is continuity in staff and teachers, so that the children can transition from one program to the next during the day with little interruption.
This program strongly aligns with the Education focus area, with a slight cross over to the Financial Stability area.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
Due to scheduling conflicts, this was a phone conversation with the Associate Director of Preschool Collaborations. The program takes place at the North Elementary School in Skowhegan. There are 5 pre-k programs in Skowhegan. Skowhegan faces challenges in gaining momentum in their programming because of stop and start programming and lack of continuity. This program is starting to gain traction in the community as it is providing a place for children to go for educational child care while parents are working. They have successfully transitioned children from the Head Start program (up to age 3) into the BASP, allowing parents to continue working, and the children to have consistency in a schedule.
Also involved is helping parents to gain access to services that they qualify for. Being in the program increases their capacity for additional services.
Parents do pay for the program at market rates. They also take Aspire vouchers.
The funding requested covers all aspects of the program including staff, programming, supplies, training, etc.
Because they are closely affiliated with the pre-k program, they are able to have goals around parental enrichment and education. 12 of 14 parents had involvement last year, which exceeded their goal.
The school district has applied for the 21st Century Learning Grant; while they do not know the result of the grant yet, this could help with funding, and provide them with greater access to children with needs.
This program is modeled after the KVCAP experience/programs, and they have been growing it based upon the needs that they see in the community.
Feeder program of Head Start. This provides continuity for child care and learning., Training of staff – each is required to attend Adverse Childhood Experiences and other relevant trainings., Continuity for children – staff, consistent programming, etc., Parental involvement – key to success of children
They are (partly) relying on a grant to help the district, which will also help their program., Although the need is there, they struggle to get to their numbers because of previously lost momentum. Stopping the program would perpetuate that cycle.
Cheryl W Flewelling agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $7250.
Cheryl W Flewelling’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $7250
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
Rick DorianDefinitely Fund
Cheryl flewellingDefinitely Fund
Robert DahlgrenDefinitely Fund
Appears to be able to solve problems with continuity that other programs have trouble with – curious if there is any sort of knowledge sharing among the 5 pre-k programs?
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
Susan RoyDefinitely Fund