Winter Newsletter December 2016 - Leaps & Bounds Family Services

Winter Newsletter December 2016 - Leaps & Bounds Family Services

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Non-Profit Org U.S. Postage PAID Warren, MI Permit #70

Family Services

oUr mISSIoN:

W INTEr 2016 / 2017

To focus creative and collaborative action on the

Family Services

health, education, social and

Family Learning Center and Administrative Offices 8129 Packard Warren, MI 48089

economic needs of at-risk

Serving Detroit, Warren and all of Macomb and Wayne Counties

children and families.


Dear Friends:

INSIDE THIS ISSUE cAreer AdVANceMeNt oPPortUNities ... childcare professionals CDA credential program

sociAL iNNoVAtioN FUNd’s iNNoVAtiVe ProGrAM ... reaching out to service more families

20th ANNUAL FUNdrAiser

AwArd diNNer & siLeNt AUctioN

tHUrsdAY, APriL 20, 2017 ukrainian cultural center • 26601 ryan, warren, mi

Save Date

6 pm - 9 pm

Denise M. Dorsz

Executive Director, Leaps and Bounds Family Services

Jene Allen

Director, Human Resources, Trinity Health

Thomas Bowen

Partner, Bowen, Radabaugh & Milton, P.C.

more details inside!

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coMMUNitY coLLABorAtioN & AdVocAcY Leaps and Bounds Family Services participates in a host of collaborative efforts including Great Start Wayne and Great Start Macomb Executive committees, Great Start Macomb and Great Start Wayne Early Care and Education, Family Support and Parent Involvement Work Groups, United Way for Southeast Michigan’s Regional Early Learning Community, and the tri-county Quality Improvement Advisory Committee.

Gina Cavaliere

Business Development, the Downtown Detroit Partnership

Leslie Hamell

Community Representative

PArAProFessioNAL worKsHoPs oFFered ... through collaborative partnerships

Save Date

APriL 20, 2017 20th Annual community Partners Award dinner & silent Auction

Teresa Holtrop, M.D.

Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Toni Moceri Consultant

Nicole Moten



As I reflect on all that we have achieved this past year, I prepare for the coming year with even greater hope and promise. I think about our goals and the challenges we will face. About how extremely grateful I am for the continued support we receive every year and how important it is to our existence. From our donors, foundations and local businesses to our staff, board members and volunteers. While we all play different roles, there is one thing that binds us together: Community; our stake in it and our responsibility to it. We all want a strong community, where families can thrive. Where parental involvement is encouraged and supported. Where children can learn, play and grow-up to be responsible adults and future leaders.

Our services provide hope to not only a family, but to a community. Guided by our shared vision and strong partnership with the Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb Family Services, we have developed an innovative approach to our Play and Learn Groups and Home Visits, allowing us to expand and service more families in need than ever before. By implementing the Child Development Associate credential program, we remain committed to providing the best educational advancement opportunities to our early childhood professionals, assuring the highest quality service to all children and families in their care. Expanding on our collaboration efforts with United Way and the American Federation of Teachers, we were able to offer 58 paraprofessionals a professional development workshop to aquire the skills to effectively meet the diverse needs of all students. 2016 was a year of accomplishments for Leaps and Bounds, fiscally positioning itself to accommodate continued growth. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the real superheros among us; our donors, foundation partners, volunteers and staff. Thank you for believing in our mission and supporting us every step of the way. We hope you will choose Leaps and Bounds Family Services for your generous giving this holiday season with a year end gift or monthly pledge. Your tax deductible gift empowers us to provide services to over 1,000 families, children and caregivers. Wishing you abundant blessings.

Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

Mary Potts

and more ...

President, Mt Calvary Lutheran Church

Denise Dorsz Executive Director

Raahul Reddy

CEO, Carter, Reddy & Associates

A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart. - Hercules

CDA credentialing program ...

A n n u A L R e P O R t


cAreer AdVANceMeNt oPPortUNities For cHiLdcAre ProViders The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a national credential based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.


Leaps and Bounds has reinforced it’s commitment to early childhood education by ensuring childcare professionals have access to the training and resources needed to make certain the children they are caring for reach their full potential. Beginning with an assessment through our Adult Education Program, we provide a training platform that prepares individuals with the necessary educational requirements needed to earn the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education, the Child Development Associate (CDA). Earning a CDA credential not only improves the skills and confidence in working with children, but also increases opportunities for advancement in the early childhood field. The CDA requirements include 160 hours of childcare provider training, a current First Aid/CPR card and participation in a 48 hour training facilitated by Leaps and Bounds staff. As part of the credentials process, the individual must also compile a professional portfolio and be observed in a classroom setting by a national reviewer.

eArLY cHiLdHood ANd PAreNt serVices

Leaps and Bounds hosted its first CDA completion event on October 29, 2016. The first group of 20 individuals, in which 17 have completed the requirements, are in the application process. The $425 cost for the credentials is being covered by United Way of Southeastern Michigan. A second group of 19 is currently in the process and on track to finish training by mid-December. Individuals who work in all types of early care programs, from Head Start and preschool to family child care and home visitor programs can benefit from this credential. It serves as proof that the person holding the CDA is an educated, qualified, childcare professional.

building on our programs success enables us to reach out to more families ...

sociAL iNNoVAtioN FUNd’s iNNoVAtiVe PArtNersHiP ProGrAM Leaps and Bounds Family Services, in collaboration with the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) and Macomb Family Services (MFS), developed an innovative, community based approach ensuring that children enter school ready to learn. This innovative program provides parents with the tools and resources to support their children’s learning while also providing communities and schools with the proper support to assist in the growth and development of young children. PLAY AND LEARN GROUPS: For parents with children birth to 4 years of age. The groups are held weekly and are designed to provide parents and their children an opportunity to learn through play. Using an evidence-based model, the groups focus on social and emotional development, music and movement, early literacy and numeracy. Groups develop into a community of parents and their children, all focused on ensuring children’s success in kindergarten. Groups are hosted by the agency at school in Warren and Hamtramck.


HoMe Visits

HOME VISITS: Using the Parents as Teachers national model, home visits are for families with children birth to 4 years of age. A minimum of 12 visits are provided annually and focus on working with the parent with their child present. The program is designed to aid parents in being their child’s first teacher. During these visits, resources are provided, referrals for special services made and the Parent Educator works with the family on specific skill building. Each visit focuses on one area of development; fine and gross motor skills, cognitive, social and emotional. Activities to aid children in their learning and development are shared; reading, early literacy and early numeracy are emphasized.

97% of parents reported that the facilitators helped them learn from each other.

37% of parents reported an increase in the perceived value of reading to their children.

in groups, parents showed an 8% gain in the perceived value of reading to their children daily, a 9% increase in the principles of early child development and a 14% increase in how to access community resources.

35% stated they had an increased knowledge of early childhood development.


eVALUAtioN resULts

30% indicated they had an increase in their knowledge of accessing community resources.


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meet our SUPErHEroS...

Services include parent education seminars, early learning activities, childcare provider training and referral and advocacy services. Services are provided throughout Wayne and Macomb counties.

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All parents received support, recommendations and assistance in identifying other programs to meet their children’s child development and childcare needs. New books are distributed to every child. The agency’s 3 Early Learning Resource Rooms are staffed one day weekly each and provide resources for parents with children birth through 5 years old. Services are designed to assist children get ready for kindergarten. Families may use the materials and learning toy lending libraries. !"

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• 123 parent/child interactive learning groups were provided to 938 adults and their children. These groups focus on early math and reading skills, playful literacy, family assets and parent/child together time. These groups are held at the agency’s Early Learning Resource Rooms which are housed at the Kennedy and Mt Calvary Centers in Warren and Dickinson East Elementary in Hamtramck. • 17 parent/child interactive learning kits, 65 kindergarten ready backpacks with supplies, 2,481 new children’s books, 150 sets of mittens/hats were distributed to program family participants. Additionally emergency food and baby supplies were distributed to 205 program family participants. • 1,488 home visits were completed for 120 Wayne and Macomb County high-risk children 0-5 years and their parents. Visits focus on early learning activities, early child development, health and wellness information, and support services.

Save Date

tHUrsdAY, APriL 20, 2017

20th Annual community Partners Award dinner

Please join Leaps & Bounds as we recognize and honor the Hamtramck School Board and others that have made a significant impact on our communities. Guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner and silent auction filled with amazing items from individuals, local businesses and sports teams.

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CommUNITY ImPACT awards

For more information on ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities, donations, or in-kind giving, please contact Denise Dorsz at 586-759-3895 or [email protected]

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The neighborhood-based Early Learning Communities provide home and center-based childcare providers with free training in early child development, health and safety as well as support services, access to free learning materials and to family/community events. The training sites are located in Detroit and Warren. The program helps childcare providers have the training and resources necessary to insure that children enter kindergarten ready. Additionally, the agency provides support and technical assistance to providers in improving quality.

• 380 training sessions were provided; each session is two hours in length. On average, childcare providers attend 5 training sessions. • 192 childcare providers received quality improvement support through the agency’s participation in the region’s initiative. 71 licensed centers and family day cares submitted their quality improvements to the state of Michigan’s rating system. • Over 18,000 total hours of training, assistance and technical support was provided. • 23 adults enrolled in basic skills upgrading and GED preparation. 2,023 hours of adult basic education and GED were provided. Additionally, adult students participated in 3200 hours of self-directed study.

coMMUNitY oUtreAcH the agency participated in 6 community events providing resources and activities for 590 adults and their children. New children’s books and additional resources were distributed at all events.

VoLUNteer iNVoLVeMeNt during this past year, strong support from volunteers included 1,195 hours of Board members time and 1000 hours of time from community members, especially General Motors employees.




United Way and Other Foundations

The organization continues to practice sound, conservative financial management and ended the year within its approved operating budget. The agency’s cash reserve remains strong and remains committed to a diverse revenue mix.

State and  County Contracts Interest and  Investments



Special Events and General Donations


coLLABorAtiVe PArtNersHiPs ALLows LeAPs & BoUNds to oFFer PArAProFessioNAL worKsHoPs


Paraprofessionals serve as an important link between families and schools. With support from United Way’s “Bib to Backpack” initiative and the Michigan American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Leaps & Bounds provided a one day professional development opportunity for all paraprofessionals working in the Hamtramck Public School  District. 58 paraprofessionals participated in a full day of training which included workshops on Managing Challenging Behaviors, Bullying, Turning Conflicts into Learning and Interactions with Children; What You Say Matters.