Happy New Year!
Welcome 2021, a year we start with hope and caution. First, hope. On Dec. 14, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the Vaccinate all 58 campaign. In the press release, he said: “Hope is here. As our first doses of vaccine arrive, the promise of ending the pandemic is on the horizon. By taking collective, inclusive action across all 58 counties to get people vaccinated, we can get through to a healthier future for all.” So,
Weekly Wellness Moments
To support the needs of Head Start statewide, the Board’s Workforce Development Committee is focusing on the wellness of you and your entire staff.
Each Monday for six weeks, we’ll be sending you a calendar of Weekly Wellness Moments – a collection of short and helpful one-minute mindfulness activities to promote self-care, reduce stress, invoke calm, and generate a happy mindset.
Right now, you are essential! You are working on the front lines, making sure our most precious resource,
It’s National Head Start Awareness Month! Engage in the Story
There are 100,000 Head Start stories in California – and one of them is yours. These stories are compelling because they have three elements with universal appeal.
First, they are about children, who have a natural innocence and beauty that tugs at every heartstring.
Second, our stories have a powerful ethical message. We present our communities with situations that ought not to be— like children and families unable to make ends meets. Finally, your stories reveal the compelling contribution of Head Start.
New State Blueprint and Guidance
Governor Newsom released a new Blueprint for a Safer Economy noting that “COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and that we all need to adapt and live differently to get through this”. The Blueprint provides a uniform framework of four Tiers based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and will be used to guide progression of opening businesses and activities. In accompanying documents posted by California Department of Public Health,
New Census Timeline
Census data collection & self-response close on Sept. 30
On Aug. 3, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would not be moving forward with its COVID adjusted timeline and instead would continue with an accelerated timeline to deliver apportionment counts to the President by Dec. 31, 2020.
This means that the U.S. Census Bureau will end field data collection by Sept. 30, 2020. Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing.
Census Summer is Here!
Get involved & help ensure the 0-5 population is counted
The Urban Institute estimates that as many as 792,000 California residents may be undercounted in 2020. In the 2010 Census, children aged 0-5 were the most underrepresented population. Families and communities most likely to be left out of the count are once again at risk of losing critical resources that are allocated based on the 2020 Census. This makes completing the count a crucial task of child care providers.
Announcing: The HSC 2020-21 Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of your Head Start California Board of Directors!
President, Stacey Scarborough
Early Head Start Director and Chief Human Resources Officer
Venice Family Clinic
Vice President, Debbie Peralez
Child Start, Inc.
Treasurer, Brian Heese
Northern California Child Development, Inc.
Secretary, Angel Barrios
Institute for Human & Social Development, Inc.
Board President Stacey Scarborough thanked several members who concluded their board terms: Erendira Guerera,
COVID-19 Resources for Head Start
The health and safety of our members, their staff and their families are our primary concern. We encourage you and your staff to comply with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention CDC recommendations and take all precautionary measures, here. Below are some additional resources which will be updated as they become available.
Office of Head Start Resources:
Messaging Matters: Get Your Head Start Parents Involved in Census Outreach
The Census is fast approaching! Your engagement is critical. Our partnership with the First 5 Association of California and the California WIC Association is focused on counting every child aged 0-5 because:
More than a million children were not counted in 2010.
The 2020 census will impact funding and representation for the next decade.
We’ve developed a simple one-hour training for parents and are already scheduled across the state to inform, inspire, and activate as many parents as we can to help spread the word: Completing the Census is safe,
Head Start at the Table
We are expanding our presence “at the table,” ensuring that Head Start is engaged in conversations that shape policy, legislation and regulation impacting Head Start programs.
Table 1: Early Childhood Policy Council. Members of this council will work to elevate the needs of young children and their families as well as advise lawmakers on education, care and development of young children. Head Start is well-represented by several leaders actively working in the Head Start community: