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The Milwaukee Project
State of Wisconsin Department of
Children and Families: Milwaukee

Services for Expecting Moms
Important
Details

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Corey Foster
DCF Milwaukee Liaison Candidate
(414) 514-4265
coreylfoster@gmail.com
The Milwaukee Project is an comprehensive
The primary goal is to support families in their efforts to ensure that infants and toddlers served have access to comprehensive services that promote healthy outcomes across all domains of development.
The Primary Goal of Early Head Start
That all children from birth to age three need early child development experiences that honor their unique characteristics and provide love warmth and positive learning experiences.

That all families need encouragement and support from their community so they can achieve their own goals and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their young.
EHS Believes
Home-Based Program Option
Provide 1 home visit per week per family
(a minimum of 32 per year) lasting a minimum of 1 and ½ hours
Provide, at a minimum, two group socializations per month for each child (a minimum of 16 group socialization activities each year)
1306.33(a)(1)
1306.33(a)(2)
Make up planned home visits or scheduled group socialization activities that were canceled by the grantee or by program staff.
1306.33(a)(3)
The purpose of the socialization activities for the children is to emphasize peer group interaction through age appropriate activities.
These activities must be designed so that parents are expected to accompany their children to observe, participate and engage in activities designed specifically for the parent/child.
Purpose of Socializations
The purpose of the home visit is to help parents improve their parenting skills and to assist them in the use of the home as the child’s primary learning environment. The home visitor must with parent’s to help them provide learning opportunities that enhance their child’s growth and development.
Purpose of Home Visits
Who can benefit from Early Head Start Home-Based Programs?
Any parent who would benefit from an intensive program aimed at building secure attachment relationships, fostering infant emotional, cognitive and physical health, and cultivating parenting and life skills
Parents who do not need or want center-based child care
Families who are experiencing health challenges or life circumstances that prevent them from participating in a more structured program setting
Families who live in rural communities where center-based services are not feasible.
What are the advantages for children and parents participating in EHS Home-Based services?
Parents learn how to be the primary providers of the nurturing care, developmental stimulation and encouragement for their children, preparing them for a lifetime of proactive parenting
Parents become more value-driven, self-sufficient and confident because family-oriented services can be individualized, with personal/family concerns being addressed in the privacy of their own home.
Home-Based EHS fosters the natural instincts parents have to detect their child’s abilities and challenges, while supporting parents in taking responsibility to advocate for the needs of their children.
In-home outreach provides more frequent opportunities to involve fathers in caring for, providing for and teaching their children.
Head Start Performance Standards: A Framework for Quality
Child Development and Health Services

Family and Community Partnerships

Program Design and Management
Screening & Assessment
1304.20(b)(1-3)
Within 45 Calendar Days of the Child’s Entry into the Program
Must perform or obtain linguistically & age appropriate screening procedures to identify concerns in:

Developmental, sensory, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual, & emotional skills

Must obtain direct guidance from a mental health or child development professional on how to use the findings to address identified needs

Must utilize multiple sources of information on all aspects of each child’s development & behavior

The ongoing procedures used by the appropriate qualified personnel throughout the period of the child’s eligibility to identify:

Unique strengths, needs, & the appropriate service to meet those needs

Resources, priorities & concerns of family. And the supports/services to enhance family’s capacity to child’s developmental needs
assessment
Ongoing Care
Must implement ongoing procedures by which staff can identify any new or recurring medical, dental, or developmental concerns so that they may quickly make appropriate referrals.

Procedures must include:

Periodic observations & recordings of:
Individual children’s developmental progress
Changes in physical appearance
Emotional & behavioral patterns

Must include observations from parents & staff
Dental
Screenings & Exams
Curriculum
Child development & education approach for infants & toddlers must encourage:

The development of secure relationships in out-of-home care settings by having limited numbers of consistent teachers over an extended period of time

Trust and emotional security so that each child can explore the environment according to his/her developmental level

Opportunities for each child to explore a variety of sensory and motor experiences with support and stimulation from teachers and family members
Must support social & emotional development through an environment that encourages:

The development of self-awareness, autonomy, and self-expression

The emerging communication skills in daily opportunities for infants and toddlers to interact freely with others and to express himself or herself freely
Child development & education approach for infants & toddlers must encourage:

The development of secure relationships in out-of-home care settings by having limited numbers of consistent teachers over an extended period of time

Trust and emotional security so that each child can explore the environment according to his/her developmental level

Opportunities for each child to explore a variety of sensory and motor experiences with support and stimulation from teachers and family members
Must support social & emotional development through an environment that encourages:

The development of self-awareness, autonomy, and self-expression

The emerging communication skills in daily opportunities for infants and toddlers to interact freely with others and to express himself or herself freely
1304.21(b)(1)(i)(ii)&(iii)
1304.21(b)(2)(i)&(ii)
Curriculum: a written plan with Goals, Experiences, Roles, & Materials supported by Sound child development principles & the HSPS
1304.3(a)(5)
How are expectant families served in EHS?

Enrollment of pregnant women
Income eligibility for family
Serving the child once born

Can programs hold spaces until the child is born?
Head Start Act. Sec. 645 A(b)(1)(2)EHS programs shall:
Provide, either directly or through referral
early,
continuous,
intensive, and
comprehensive
child development and family support services that will enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children
Ensure that the level of services provided to families responds to their needs and circumstances
Services for Expectant Families:
Family Partnerships

Early & continuing risk assessments
Includes assessment of nutritional status, nutritional counseling & food assistance
Health promotion & treatment
On a schedule deemed appropriate by health provider as early in pregnancy as possible
Mental health interventions & follow-up
Including substance prevention & treatment services
1304.40(c)(1)(i)(ii)&(iii)
Must provide pregnant women and other family members, as appropriate, with PRENATAL EDUCATION on:

FETAL DEVELOPMENT
(including risks from smoking and alcohol)
LABOR & DELIVERY
POST-PARTUM RECOVERY
(including maternal depression)

Must provide information on the benefits of breast feeding to all pregnant and nursing mothers
Family Partnerships:
1304.40(c)(2)&(3)
Agencies serving infants & toddlers

Must arrange for health staff to visit each newborn within two weeks after the infant’s birth to ensure the well being of the mother and the child
1304.40(i)(6)
Family Partnerships:
Governance


Grantee vs.
Delegate
Proportionate
Representation
How is EHS represented on Policy Council?
Policy Council: grantee level

Policy Committee: delegate level

Parent Committee: center or program level

Guidance: each agency has only 1 policy group
1304.50(a)(1)
At least 51% of the members must be the parents of currently enrolled children
Parents of children currently enrolled in all program options must be proportionately represented on established policy groups
1304.50(b)(2)
1304.50 (b)(7)
Community Partnerships
All Head Start grantees must provided comprehensive child development services, as defined in the Head Start Performance Standards
Must take affirmative steps to establish ongoing collaborative relationships with providers of child care services


Collaboration means planning & working with other agencies in order to improve, share & augment
Services
Staff
Information
Funds
1306.30(a)
Child Care
1304.41 (a)(2)(viii)
1304.3 (a)(3)(i)
Eligibility
Recruitment
Selection
Enrollment
Attendance
Children who are enrolled in EHS remain income eligible while they are participating in the program

When a child moves from a program serving infants and toddlers into a Head Start program serving children age three and older,the family income must be re-verified
Family Income
Must be Verified
ERSEA


The family income must be verified by the program before determining that a child is eligible to participate in the program
1305.7(c)
1305.4 (c)
To ensure the most appropriate placement & services following participation in EHS, transition planning must be undertaken AT LEAST SIX MONTHS PRIOR to the child’s third birthday

As appropriate, a child may remain in EHS, following the third birthday, for additional months until transitioning into HS or another program
Transition Planning
1304.41(C)(2)
Must establish and maintain procedures that support successful transitions

from previous childcare into Early Head Start or Head Start

from Head Start into other settings
by:
Coordinating with other schools or agencies so records are transferred

Outreach to encourage communication between programs and agencies to facilitate continuity of care

Initiating meetings involving Head Start teachers, parents, etc to discuss the developmental progress & abilities of individual children

Joint transition-related trainings for EHS, HS, and other agency’s child developmental staff
1304.41(c)(1)(i - iv)
Transition Plan
The non-Federal share will not be required to exceed 20 percent of the total costs of the program
1301.20 (b)
At least 90% of the children enrolled in each Head Start program must be from low-income families
1305.4 (b)(1)
Pre-Birth to
Five Programming
Enrollment opportunity for children with disabilities
At least 10% of the total number of enrollment opportunities in each grantee and each delegate agency during an enrollment year must be made available to children with disabilities in Section 130.2 (a)
1305.6(c)
The program has space to enroll more children, even though the program has made 10% of its enrollment opportunities available to children with disabilities
1308.5(c)(4)
Information Memorandums & Program Instructions:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

TA Papers & Program Strategies:
www.headstartinfo.org/publications
or
www.ehsnrc.org/Publications/Index

EHS Tip Sheets:
www.headstartinfo.org/infocenter/ehs_tipsheet/

EHS Tool Kit:

http://noc.hsdanya.com/Headstartreview/home/home.aspx
Resources: Web Access
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/design-planning/ehs-101/WelcometoEarly.htm
Must assist in accessing comprehensive prenatal & post-partum care, through referrals. Care must include:
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