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