Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Incarcerated Parents Outreach Programs — Chautauqua Opportunities


Type of Activity:  Program services

Funding Mechanism:: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) — Head Start Expansion

Total Available Funding: $1.3 Million

Number of Awards: 2

Award Amount: FY2010 - $714,000

FY2011 - $641,920

*A portion of the award amount will be used to support the Incarcerated Parents Outreach Program

Length of Project Period: September, 2009 - September 2011 (The overall program has operated since January 2010. AARA expansion funding will support the project for a two year period.)

Federal Partners:  N/A

Summary:Through the availability of Head Start ARRA expansion funds, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Head Start implemented a model for an un-served and "High Risk" populations that included families that are homeless, involved with kinship or have a family member that is Incarcerated  or involved with Probation. Through this initiative, formal partnerships have been formed with the local Chautauqua County Jail and Chautauqua County Probation Department. The program is fully enrolled and includes 54 center-based and 24 home-based slots.

Family services are coordinated through an inter-agency Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) that includes Self Sufficiency Facilitators and Licensed Social Workers. They provide strength based and outcome based services to families.  Baseline data has been obtained on all families through evidence based measurement system utilizing a family matrix system. The matrices evaluate families in life areas such as employment, housing, education, legal issues, physical and mental health, substance abuse, and relationships. Family progress will continue to be measured along continuums of care that range from "in Crisis" to "thriving" which will allow for ongoing outcome measurement of family progress.

"Long Distance Dads" is a curriculum that is being utilized with incarcerated fathers of Head Start children that will maintain communication and foster positive relationships.

Background: See Above

Current Grantees: Chautauqua Opportunities

Location of Projects: Dunkirk, NY

Evaluation Activities: N/A

Future Prospects: See Above


Ms. Kathleen Webster
Head Start Director, Chautauqua Opportunities
Phone: (716) 366-3333
Email: kwebster@chautoppp.org

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