CAPIC Head Start
Tri-Annual review conducted May 2011
The federal triennial review was conducted from May 2-May 5, 2011. The final report was issued by the Office of Head Start (OHS) on April 6, 2012. The report states that the two previously identified findings have been closed and the program is in compliance with federal regulations. The findings were as follows:
- Part 1304-Program Performance Standards-Child Nutrition
Two classrooms were identified where children’s tooth brushes became cross contaminated In response, a tooth brushing protocol was developed that includes a tooth brushing classroom audit (for managers to complete during classroom observations).
- Part 230-Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (8) Compensation for personal services, (m) Support of salaries and wages
The financial reports did not reflect the distribution of activity for all staff members whose compensation was charged, in whole or in part, directly to awards. A revised accounting practice has been developed.
Corrective action plans addressing these two findings were developed and approved. The program is now in full compliance with federal regulations.
Strengths were noted as follows:
The program provided a wide array of well rounded, innovative programs and services, along with activities offered to participant families to improve the overall quality of the family’s lives”. Other strengths noted:
- Strong community partnerships
- Effective training programs offered to parents
- Strong memorandum of understanding to offer varied services to families including mental health, crisis intervention, health and other supportive services
- The program fosters a well- rounded feeling of support for children and staff in the classrooms.
Another aspect of the federal review includes use of The CLASS Assessment Scoring System tool that looks at 10 dimensions of teacher-student interaction and states those observed interactions on a seven point scale. CAPIC Head Start performed well above the national average in all 10 dimensions.
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child and family development program serving low income families with children between the ages of three to five (3-5) years old. Head Start has been operating a successful early childhood program since its inception in 1965. The program is composed of four major components:
- Parent Involvement
- Social Services
67 Crescent Avenue.
Phone: (617) 889-5690, for general information press 0
Irene O'Connell Community Center
65 Nahant Ave.
Phone: (781) 289-9065
Rose St. Housing Projects
Phone: (781) 284-1334
E.B. Newton Elementary School
45 Pauline St. Phone: (617) 846-3050
Our centers are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. . Most classrooms are in session four (4) hours per day. Full day classes are also available for working families who meet income criteria and who have a voucher.
Families with children between the ages of three to five (3 - 5) years of age whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines. Families whose income exceeds the guidelines may participate if there are special circumstances (e.g. a child with special needs or particular family situations that could be taken into consideration). Special needs children are welcome and integrated into our regular classrooms and provided special services as needed.
Head Start provides children with a classroom experience that is designed to help each child grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Each child is given an opportunity to learn and experience success at his or her own pace. Children learn through play by exploring their environment, making friends, solving problems and participating in a wide range of activities developed to help them acquire the readiness skills they will need before entering Kindergarten. Children participate in a comprehensive nutrition program which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack for afternoon sessions
Head Start offers parents an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that may lead to employment and family self-sufficiency. Family Advocates work closely with each family to provide support, information, referrals and help parents feel more connected to their classroom and community. Courses and workshops are provided regularly that include:
- Child Growth and Development
- Parenting Skills
- Support Groups
- Career Planning
Head Start believes parents are the most important people in their child's life and counts on parents to make the program work. By working together Head Start and the family can make a difference in the following ways:
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Participating in parent meetings
- Attending workshops
- Serving on the Policy Council