Every Shot Counts
As vaccinations become more available, and as the guidelines for access include more of us, we are each faced with the question of whether or not to receive the vaccination shot. We all make decisions like this based on a variety of factors including our individual health, personal faith or beliefs, environmental factors, and access to name just a few. Sometimes it’s not easy, and it helps if we can evaluate our options based on trusted information.
HSC 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2021 Annual Conference planning committee members for their excellent work in selecting the content for the more than 60 sessions in six main content areas for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference! The planning committee is made up of Head Start California members from across the state.
This year’s planning committee included:
Billiejo LaBriola, Jackie Escobar, Caroline Meraz, Dr. Deidre Jones, Birdie Winrow, Gabriela Rivera, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon,
“You are in the most noble profession of all … the care of young children, ” Dr. Peter Szilagyi assured over 400 attendees at the opening of the February 24 Vaccine Education Webinar, a joint collaboration between the Region 9 Head Start Association (R9HSA) and Head Start California (HSC). Dr. Szilagyi is one of four UCLA medical experts who joined the presentation through the efforts of HSC’s Workforce Development Committee. The goal of this initiative is to provide consistent information about coronavirus vaccinations to the Head Start community.
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,