1 Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. Community Assessment Dr. Bobby E. Brown, Executive Director 1751 Morson Road Jackson, MS 39209 (601) 923-4100. MAP Head Start Children and Families . Our Community , Our Goal, Our Responsibility Prepared by : The Research and Development Staff Dr. Peggy S. Johnson, Research and Development Director 2. Ms. Claudia Johnson, Administrative Assistant Mrs. Keri Ellis, Senior Research Coordinator Ms. Malika Griffin, Enrollment Coordinator Ms. Lindsey Drane, Research Support Specialist Table of Contents Page Program Mission Statement & Philosophy 5.
2 Organizational Program Goals & Operational Goals 6. Purpose 7. Introduction 9. Center Profile 11. Program Options 12. Mississippi Population 14. Mississippi Population Projections 15. Issues Facing Children and Families 17. Family Profile 30. Parent's Educational Profile 34. Child Care in Mississippi 35. Educational Trends/Accreditation State Rating 39. American College Test (ACT) 48. Mississippi Employment Status May 2012 49. TANF/SNAP/SSI Services May 2012 51. Recruitment 55. Summary 56. 3. SERVICES: Healthcare and Prevention 68.
3 Male Involvement Program 69. Future: The Child Progress Indicator (CPI) 70. School Readiness 71. Disability Services 71. Mental Health 72. Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) 73. Special Projects 75. Service Delivery Areas 76. Community Engagement Forums 87. County Profiles 92. Disability Profiles 118. Resource Directory 145. Child Care Facilities 157. Business/Industry Update 161. Addendum 2011-2012 Child Progress Indicators Chart 163. 4. Mission Statement Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. Head Start is designed not only to serve the children, but also to serve as a catalyst for change and development of a broad range of programs, which meet the needs of the disadvantaged Community .
4 MAP Head Start is a service program for children and families. MAP serves as a mechanism for increased parental and Community involvement to effect change in the local communities and the state. Philosophy Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. represents a cross-section of Mississippians working for and with disadvantaged children and their families to ensure a brighter tomorrow for the state and nation. MAP believes that every child deserves a head start in life an equal opportunity to develop character, talent, mind, body and personality.
5 We further believe that we are to prepare children to function in our society by providing life experiences. As America's greatest resource, children will ultimately determine the destiny of our country. All children have a unique contribution to make to society. MAP is dedicated to maximizing the disadvantaged child's potential for contributing. The American dream of freedom, justice, and equal opportunity for all is being brought nearer to reality in Mississippi as dedicated MAP personnel interact with other agencies to accomplish this goal.
6 5. 6. ORGANIZATIONAL PROGRAM GOALS. v Maximized opportunities for positive child outcomes and school readiness skills. v Expanded growth in programs and program options. v Opportunities for staff growth and professional development. v Advanced technological development. v State-of-the-Art materials, equipment and facilities. OPERATIONAL GOALS. v Expand and strengthen Head Start's 1 Collaboration System throughout MAP's service area to improve services to families and children. v Conduct a multi-media campaign to enhance Head Start's image throughout MAP's service area.
7 V Seek funding for program and health services in order to offset the rising costs of child health services due to limited funding through the State's Division of Medicaid (CHIPS). v Target recruitment activities for teen parents in Head Start in order to address the high percentage of teen pregnancies in the State. v Make extra effort to recruiting and serving single parents in order to provide services and activities to ameliorate negative social consequences of single parent households. v Increase parent education activities in order to improve education and literacy rates among Head Start parents.
8 _____. 1. Head Start herein refers to both Head Start and Early Head Start programs. 7. Mississippi Action FOR PROGRESS, INC. HEAD START. Community ASSESSMENT. 2012-2013. MAP's Community Assessment provides a comprehensive collection and analysis of the Agency's 25. county service delivery areas. The data collected through the Community Assessment is used for program planning, evaluation and guidance. The Community Assessment is required by Head Start Performance Standards, 45 CFR (a) (1) (i) and MAP completes a Community assessment annually.
9 The Community Assessment helps to drive the Agency's planning process. Information is reviewed, compiled and analyzed, then used jointly by staff, policy groups and the Governing Board to develop Head Start program goals, options, objectives, and plans. The Community Assessment provides relevant information regarding agencies that serve low income families and children within the context of their local communities. It assists in identifying the strengths and challenges of families. Program objectives, goals and designs are based on a systematic and in-depth review of MAP's 25.
10 County service area, including each county's unique characteristics, which identifies strengths, resources and needs. The methodology for collection of data requires the involvement of all staff, program parents, and the Community at large. Staff completes surveys to assist with program evaluation. Parents also complete surveys to evaluate and provide input on program services. Local communities provide information for the Community Assessment through Community Forums and surveys. Resources and data used for the Community Assessment include: Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc.