Parents, kids and staff participated in Freehold's St. Patrick's Day.
We invited fathers & other male figures to attend a Rutgers College Basketball Game with their Head Start child.
Dads & kids from almost every center attended the game. From the time they got to the centers and saw the "Big Bus" there, the excitement was in the air. After the game our families were invited down to the court for pictures. Rutgers lost the game that day, but no one seemed to notice, as it felt like a WIN for ALL involved!
Our goals for the 2015-16 school year are providing high-quality coaching for all teaching staff, including Center Directors; enhancing family involvement and communication between parents and staff; and continuing to hire and retain high quality staff throughout the program. Leadership staff check in bi-annually to gauge progress on these goals and make adjustments as needed to ensure we meet our goals year-in and year-out.
Our Attendance Campaign is one of our biggest, continuing, initiatives for the 2015 - 2016 school year in Monmouth/Middlesex. It is clear that high student attendance directly leads to increased gains and outcomes. We know that bad weather conditions, transportation issues, and myriad other unforeseeable obstacles can make it difficult to get children to school on time, so we developed an Attendance Toolkit for all classrooms. Children get excited to come to school for weekly Hat Day, Pajama Day, and other themes created by the teaching staff. Children also get pumped to win the "traveling" trophy if their classroom has the best attendance each month. We ensure staff at all levels of the program are involved in getting our children to school every day and on time by incorporating personal touch-points through Teachers and Family Advocates when a child is absent. While attendance naturally fluctuates, the campaign has allowed us to keep attendance at the forefront, since children can't learn if they're not in school.