Head Start Monthly Profile for June 2024

Monthly Profile June 2024 

ENROLLMENT    Currently Accepted for 2024-25:

Head Start:  292 out of 470 children  /Early Head Start:  0 out of 24 children

ATTENDANCE      Head Start: 86%               Early Head Start: 75%                        


# of Children with an IEP or IFSP: 101

% of Funded Enrollment: 20%    


Spring, 2024 Classroom Assessment                             

Scoring System Data (scale 1-7)                                   

Emotional Support: 6.24

Classroom Organization: 5.99

Instructional Support: 2.88



Parent Powered Highlights for 2023-24:

#remaining enrolled in the program this school year: Families of 526 children

#of text messages families received: 55,827

Average# of curriculum units families completed: 6

Message topics: Literacy, social-emotional learning, self-care, math, science, problem solving and independence



# Of Incident Reports for May: 47



Immunizations: 100%

Hearing Screenings: 100%

Vision Screenings: 100%

Oral Health Exams: 87%

Physical Exams: 96%

Vision Exams: 74%

Lead Tests: 82%


Total Meal Reimbursement: $38,662.95

MENTAL HEALTH                                                

# of Referrals in May: 2


Areas Monitored: Education Second Home Visits


June Policy Council Meeting: June 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM







June 2024 Newsletter Article

Summer is here for our Head Start kiddos and staff. Early Head Start is in operation through July!


This academic year has been an exciting and challenging one! Our Bardstown Head Start facility at 820 Pennsylvania Avenue has been fully operational this year. However, starting in mid-June, we are completing major renovations to the facility which include new HVAC, flooring, and playground. Our hope is that all repairs and renovations are completed before staff return at the end of July.


While recruitment for new children and staff is a year-round activity, Central KY Head Start (CKYHS) has begun pushing hard for applications for new students and staff for the upcoming school year. We would love to hear from you if you have any kiddos or professionals in your world for whom Head Start would be a good fit. Please feel free to visit our website or find us on Facebook at Central KY Head Start.


Lastly, this summer, CKYHS applies for its new five-year grant. We are requesting some adjustments to our structure to serve more Early Head Start children and to create capacity to increase the number of children we can serve in the future. CKYHS is constantly evaluating how to best utilize our federal resources to maximize our impact. We do not have any official updates to share, it is our hope to have very exciting news in our next newsletter!

Thank you for your ongoing support of Central Kentucky Head Start!

Community Collaboration for Children (CCC)

Summer is here and Community Collaboration for Children is busy with In-home services and attending summer events: Marion County Ready Set Go Safety Expo June 6th, LaRue County Community Services Fair June 18th from 2 to 6, Nelson County Community Baby Shower June 20th from 5-6:30, Grayson County Thrive June 25th from 12-5 (central time), Meade County Community Baby shower July 2nd, Hardin County back to school Events July 15th-17th, Elizabethtown Summer Fair August 1st from 5:30-7:30.

Parent Engagement Meeting Program helping to prevent truancy in Washington County Elementary and Elizabethtown City Elementary schools will be busy in August.

The Trail of Hope Regional Networks Build A Bed program has been extremely busy already making sure 148 children have a bed. We are working on sponsorships to purchase bed frames, mattresses, bedding, and pillows. Trail of Hope Regional Network will meet in person at Hardin County Extension Office in Elizabethtown at 10 AM on September 17th. If you are interested in being a network member please reach out to Ronda Bertrand, CCC Network Coordinator at 270-692-7553. For more information contact by email ronda.bertrand@ckcac.org.



Family Child Care Homes/Unaffiliated Centers Food Program (FCCH/UC)

Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) is a proud sponsor of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is a federal program designed to promote the serving of nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults in the care of participating childcare centers, day care homes and adult day care centers. CKCAC currently sponsors Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) and Unaffiliated Day Care Centers (UC) in the following 18 Kentucky counties: Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jessamine, LaRue, Lincoln, Meade, Mercer, Nelson, Pulaski, Scott, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, and Woodford.

FCCH client Delane Green in Somerset, KY, Pulaski County retired after 30+ years at the end of May 2024. We will miss her but wish her the best. We recently added Stephanie Petrie in Springfield, KY, Washington County, so we are still currently sponsoring 24 child care homes.

The following recent changes with our center sponsorships brings our current UC sponsorship total to 22 plus 4 in the works for a total of 26 expected with the June/July reporting.

·        Educating Butterflies in Springfield, KY, Washington County closed mid-April due to their landlord wanting to utilize the building for other purposes and the center owner being unable to find a location to relocate.

·        Recently added client Stepping Stones Academy in Harrodsburg, KY, Mercer County has decided to end their sponsorship with their May 2024 report and begin a summer school program they feel will better suit their needs.

·        Little Lambs in Frankfort, KY, Franklin County is under new ownership and will be called Rainbow Childcare Center. The new owners have asked Jamie Miller to continue as the center’s Director. He is currently working on refreshing the center and obtaining all the necessary items to reopen under the new name. We have met and have most of the preliminary items needed for state approval. We hope to complete the state approval process asap once they open.

·        Safe Harbor Learning Academy in Nicholasville, KY Jessamine County is working on getting completed child CACFP enrollment forms to complete their CACFP application for sponsorship. We hope to get them started in the food program by July at the latest.

·        Caritas House in Lexington, KY, Fayette County reached out to us requesting sponsorship in the CACFP. They are considered an Emergency Shelter so all the children in their care will be eligible for free meal reimbursement rates in the food program and do not require CACFP enrollment forms. They plan to have ten beds and expect to be full quickly once they are open for enrollment. They are slightly different than the homes and centers we are accustomed to sponsoring, but CKCAC is proud to be able to offer our sponsorship. They have been approved and will participate once they become an active shelter.

·        Memorial Angels in Elizabethtown, KY, Hardin County is working towards providing meals to the children in their care (as opposed to parents/guardians providing bagged lunches, etc.) and has requested our sponsorship in the CACFP. They have had their Pre-Op visit and are obtaining CACFP enrollment forms for each child to finalize their application packet for state approval. We hope to get them approved to begin the food program by July 2024.

If you know of any Family Child Care Homes and/or Day Care Centers who are interested in finding out more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program and whether they are eligible to participate please have them contact CKCAC’s FCCH/UC Director Kathy Hagan at 270-692-2136 X501 or by email at kathy.hagan@ckcac.org.

Goode News – June 2024

As we move into the summer months, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to our incredible Board of Directors here at Central Kentucky Community Action Council. Their dedication and commitment to our mission make all the difference in the lives of those we serve.

I am especially grateful for the leadership of Andrew Adkins, Chairman of the Central Kentucky Community Action Board of Directors. Andrew’s guidance and vision have been invaluable as we continue our efforts to support individuals and families in our community. His passion for serving others is truly inspiring, and we are fortunate to have him at the helm.

Our Board of Directors plays a crucial role in shaping the direction of our organization and ensuring that we can provide vital services to those in need. Their tireless efforts behind the scenes do not go unnoticed, and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to each member for their unwavering support.

As we look ahead to the rest of the year, I am confident that with the continued dedication of our Board of Directors, we will be able to make an even greater impact in our community.

More to come……………much more

Goode News – May 2024

Central Kentucky Community Action Council is excited to celebrate Community Action Month in May by partnering with the Marion County Economic Development Council.  As part of the celebrations, we invite you to join us at the Friday Forum on May 17th, 2024, at the David R. Hourigan Building in Lebanon. Our guest Speaker will be Kentucky State Representative Michael Sarge Pollack.
Community Action Month is a time to celebrate the impact of Community Action and to recognize the individuals and organizations that make a difference in our communities every day. This year, we are thrilled to join forces with the Marion County Economic Development Council to highlight the importance of community action in building a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
The Friday Forum will be an opportunity for us to come together, share ideas, and celebrate the incredible work being done in our community. We will hear from community leaders, learn about new initiatives, and celebrate the successes of the past year.
We invite you to join us at the Friday Forum as we celebrate Community Action Month and the power of Community Action to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Central Kentucky. Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient community for all.
Event Details:
Date: May 17th, 2024
Time: Noon- 1 PM
Location: David R. Hourigan Building, Lebanon
Lunch will be served.
We look forward to seeing you there!
More to come……………..much more …………….

Central KY Community Action Transportation Services (CKCATS)

The CKCATS team continues to work hard to provide services in all counties. Our newly added NEMT Medicare transportation is going well. We are pleased to be able to offer this service.
CKCATS held their annual Public Hearing meeting on February 28th at 1PM EST at the CATS Central Office. This meeting is advertised and made available to the public each year to address the needs of the general public in all counties. Surveys are given to clients and Stakeholders in all counties and the information gathered is used for discussion to help improve transportation services.
CKCATS is gearing up for the Senior Celebration that will be held on May 23rd at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. CKCATS will be providing transportation from the Senior Centers to Pritchard Community Center for all seniors who pre-register for the ride. CKCATS will also have a booth at the Senior Celebration and will be talking with seniors to make them aware of the services that we provide and will be able to sign seniors up for our III-B Senior trips on the spot.
CKCATS attended a meeting with Spring View Hospital (SVH) and Marion County’s EMT services. This meeting was held to help the staff at SVH hospital differentiate the services of CKCATS and EMT. This meeting was very informative and helped all in attendance establish each other’s rules and guidelines of transportation.
Several staff members of the CKCATS team will be attending the Community Action Kentucky (CAK) Conference in Lexington from June 11-15. Myself and two other staff members from CATS will be attending a training course in Lexington from June 5-8. This training is a complete deep dive into being a Transit Director or Administrator. As always, these conferences and training are a great way to learn valuable information and to network.
CKCATS is fully staffed at this time, but we are continuing to accept applications for future hiring. If you or anyone you know would like to join the staff at CKCATS please go to careers@ckcac.org to apply.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Needs Volunteers!

Marge joined as an RSVP volunteer in February of 2024. Currently she volunteers two days a week at Griffin Manor Senior Center in Elizabethtown, where she enjoys leading chair yoga and crafting projects.
Marge was born and raised on her family farm in Shelbyville, Indiana. She has been married to her husband, Bruce, for 22 years. Together, they have three sons, two grandchildren, and are patiently awaiting the arrival of their first great-grandchild! Marge’s mother is 102 years old and currently resides in an assisted living facility in Wichita Falls, Texas.
In her professional career, Marge served within the Golden Corral catering department and as well as an employee of Arby’s for 15 years prior to her retirement. In her free time, Marge enjoys reading, collecting old records, crocheting, and quilting.
When asked about why she decided to become a volunteer, Marge stated that she was looking for something to do post-retirement and that she did not desire to work a part-time job. She further explained that she genuinely enjoys the freedom she has while volunteering!
RSVP would love to have more volunteers like Marge!

Congregate Meals Program

The Congregate Meals Program continues to grow weekly, currently averaging over 2,000 meals served per week! Our two kitchens are doing an amazing job at getting all the extra meals out.
This month, we had multiple volunteers which visited with Congregate Meals seniors at our senior centers. Central Kentucky Community Action Inc. Head Start employees visited our seniors in Meade County and played bingo with them. Kids within the Marion County Gifted and Talented program visited the Lebanon center to eat lunch with and play bingo with the seniors. In Washington County, Hosparus visited and brought the seniors superhero costumes and accompanying backdrops to use.
The Congregate Meals Program is still looking to fill vacant positions!
 Bardstown: Cook (part-time and full-time)
 Elizabethtown: Coordinator (part-time)
 Grayson: Cook (part-time) & Coordinator (full-time)

Senior Companion Program (SCP)

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is actively looking for volunteers…

The Senior Companion Program is adding new volunteers and clients every month. Volunteers are out in their communities assisting those elderly people who want to continue to live independently in their own homes but need a little help around the house or running errands. They are checking in on people and making sure they know that they aren’t forgotten or alone. They are bringing smiles to peoples’ faces and joy to their homes. 
We currently have 23 volunteers and will be enrolling more this month. Our volunteers are looking forward to this month’s Lincoln Trail Senior Celebration at the Pritchard Community Center on May 23. It’s a fun and informative way to get out and celebrate Older Americans Month. We will have an information booth set up and cannot wait to share our story with other seniors in our community. If you are age 55 or older and would like to have more information about becoming a senior companion, call Mary Jean Blake at 270-402-7194 or 270-692-2136 ext. 601.