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):
Child and Family Services/Mid Maine Homeless Shelter Collaborative
This program is a unique collaboration, providing Educare’s child development activities, developmental screenings, parent-child activities, parent education and enrichment, and referrals on site at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. This allows families to receive supports during their stay at the shelter.
While the shelter is transitioning to a new Executive Director, leadership from both organizations have discussed how to strengthen collaboration and design programs that better suit participants. Their outcomes for this year are promising, and their performance seems to be improving: the percentage of children five and under who complete developmental screening is up about 30% over the previous year (to 81%). They have also increased the percent of children five and under who successfully transition to kindergarten (and in this case, to Early Head Start and Head Start) from 60% to 63%. They’ve adjusted previously unrealistic goals to account for the transient nature of participants and additional barriers to entry.
Considering the activities available, this program clearly demonstrates alignment with UWMM’s Education focus area.
Based on information given, this program appears to meet all additional criteria.
One item to note: this program receives the bulk of its funding from UWMM (63% of their funding last year, 77% of their budget for the upcoming year). They claim not to have spent more than the $5000 from UWMM last year, and expect the same expenditure next year.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
[NEW as of 4/26]
• Open almost 10 years
• This collaboration is to help get those eligible for Head Start into the program
• Danielle works with the case workers at the shelter, and will be attending a staff meeting to meet the whole staff
• She’ll be at the shelter weekly for on-site playgroups. She will also provide screenings, snacks, and applications for other services
• They offer free car seats for shelter clients upon completion of safety training
• Full day classes = childcare
• Part day classes = Head Start (ages 3-5)
• Also do home visits for parents who don’t work and for infants and toddlers
• They have a dedicated parent resource room where waiting parents can access computers and information while they wait (there’s a UWMM partner decal on the window!)
• Classrooms along one side of building connect to outdoor playspace
• There’s a master teacher room that can observe classrooms
• There are play areas throughout the building
• Parents often confide in Danielle, which builds a relatioship where they will reach out to her again, even after completing/exiting the program
• They’ve been able to enroll a higher percentage of children, even after they’re no longer at the shelter (families are given Danielle’s contact info)
• There has been internal approval to provide dedicated funding towards homelessness-focused efforts
• They’re helping the shelter shift focus on this program from “mandatory, so do it” to “it’s a great opportunity”
• They would love to be able to collaborate with other shelters, as well
• Educare has challenge of constant turnover, so they’re constantly hiring and interviewing
• They’ve noticed both younger parents and younger teachers don’t stick around as long term as older ones do; more focused on next opportunity than longevity
• They also have a lot of staff that shift between positions, which Danielle says (from experience) helps to provide best info to parents as they look at joining different programs
• There are lots of resources and connections to resources available
Increased focus on collaboration, meeting clients where they are, and resilience, Making significant progress on goals, Provides referrals for any supports not provided, for wraparound service
Long-term engagement difficult due to transient nature of clients
Kristen Otenti agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $5000.
Kristen Otenti’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $5000
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.
Leon Duff/Ann LindemanDefinitely Fund
Rachel GrantDefinitely Fund
Susan RoyDefinitely Fund
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
Rick DorianDefinitely Fund
Cheryl FlewellingDefinitely Fund
James WoodDefinitely Fund
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
Robert DahlgrenDefinitely Fund
Interesting collaboration among important services.