In Indiana, 15,614 children are enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs
The total Head Start budget for programs in Indiana is $113,278,674.00.
There are 40 Head Start programs and 20 Early Head Start programs in Indiana (43 grantees statewide).
Over 17,460 Head Start/Early Head Start parents volunteered in programs last year.
In Indiana, there are 3,147 Head Start/EHS staff members.
September 15, 2016
Save the Date for the Indiana ChildPlus Users' Group Thursday, September 15, 2016 ChildPlus will be sending out registration information but we wanted to be sure everyone was aware of the date for planning.   Indiana ChildPlus Users' Group (tentative agenda) 9:00 - 9:30 Sign in and Introductions 9:30 - 10:30 Health tracking discussion 10:30 - 10:45 Break 10:45 - 12:00 Reporting and Management discussion 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 1:30 How do you do...? Q&A session 1:3...

NHSA Works with Senators to Call for Removal of DRS 10% CLASS Trigger

Over the past few months NHSA has been working with a bipartisan group of Senators to send a letter to the Administration calling for the removal of the 10% CLASS trigger in the Designation Renewal System. Led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) the final letter includes 5 Republican, 13 Democrat, and 1 Independent Senators who signed on and was sent to Secretary Burwell earlier this month. We are pleased with this strong support and want to thank the many Head Start leaders who reached out to their Senate offices in support of the letter. You can find the full text of the letter here.

Duration Extension Opportunities for Head Start

Extended Duration in Head Start

"Extended Duration" refers to lengthening the hours of services that Head Start offers individual children and their families, with the goal of increasing children's learning and developmental outcomes by providing more hours of high-quality learning experiences. Longer hours also support families who are working or in school to pursue self-sufficiency while resting assured that their children are in safe and nurturing early learning environments.

HHS Releases PI on FY 16 COLA Funding Increase

President Obama signed Public Law 114-113, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, on December 18, 2015. This Act includes $9,168,095,000 for programs under the Head Start Act, which is an increase of approximately $570 million over the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding level.

The approximately $570 million increase provides grantees a 1.8 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA), depending on final funding decisions. The FY 2016 funding level also includes $294 million to support programs in lengthening their day and year, and $135 million for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion.

Interesting Article: The Never Ending Struugle To Improve Head Start

NHSA and NAACP Work Together for Voter Registration

This year, NHSA and NAACP "have announced an historic joint initiative aimed at empowering the country's most vulnerable families by facilitating voter registration..." (NAACP press release, January 19, 2016).  We are proud to say that Cornell Brooks, NAACP President, is a Head Start alumnus!

A core directive of the recent NHSA/NAACP MOU is to organize voter registration drives at Head Start centers, providing parents with crucial tools and information about the voting process, and to share helpful resources about how to register and how to  vote.

Please note that the deadline this year for voter registration is October 11, 2016.  The election is November 8.

We encourage you to make contact with the local NAACP, if there is one in your area.

We will continue to share information as we receive it.

Federal Report Looks at Wage Parity in ECE Workforce

The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released "High Quality Early Learning Settings Depend On a High-Quality Workforce:  Low Compensation Undermines Quality".  The report describes the low earnings of early care and education workforce.

From IIWF: Investing in Child Care Would Save Hoosier Families $3201 per year

The Diaper Divide

There's a diaper disparity in this country. Nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers, and low-income families can pay up to two times the price on diapers by not buying in bulk. In some cases, parents delay diaper changes to make their limited resources last. This can lead to serious health problems for babies and parents. The Diaper Divide addresses the stress and challenges that surround this health issue.

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