JANUARY 6, 2020 — Lloyd Potter, researcher and director of UTSA’s Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, is supporting local Head Start and Early Head Start programs toward being more effective. Potter has worked with the City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services Early Head Start-Child Care and Head Start Programs, and with local nonprofit San Antonio AVANCE Inc. to better assess their programs to provide information about how they are meeting the needs of the children and families they serve.
The Early Head Start and Head Start programs of the Department of Human Services and AVANCE conduct comprehensive community needs assessments every five years and community needs assessment updates annually. The results are compiled into reports that help ensure the Head Start programs’ services are located where they are needed, identify any changes to the challenges of those experiencing poverty, and determine the need for additional services.
Potter and his colleagues have been responsible for the content development, data collection, analysis and final recommendations of the assessments by identifying the conditions contributing to the need for Head Start services for young children and their families and to providing evidence of those conditions for the past 10 years.
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A recent assessment indicated that the most of the population of children eligible for Head Start (children in poverty ages 3 and 4 years) in the programs’ service areas were being served by the Head Start programs. Potter said, “However, when we looked the population of Early Head Start children who were eligible, only a fraction were enrolled.” This has resulted in the programs seeking permission to shift resources to the Early Head Start program and the ramping up of efforts to identify parents who have eligible children to encourage them to enroll.
According to Head Start data, preschoolers develop lasting mental processes that enable children to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, juggle multiple tasks successfully and manage emotions. The San Antonio and AVANCE Inc. Early Head Start and Head Start programs currently serve more than 4,700 ages 6 weeks to 5 years old who live in the Harlandale, Edgewood, and much of the San Antonio Independent School District.
Potter said, “There are numerous examples of Head Start and Early Head Start programs in San Antonio using data from the community needs assessments to more effectively serve our children. When I hear how the information we found and provided the programs is being used to reach and support more children and families in need in more efficient and effective ways, I find it deeply rewarding. Additionally, some of the best parts of this work are having the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals working every day to improve the life chances of our children and meeting parents and caregivers whose children are in the programs.”
Roadrunner Days events welcome UTSA's newest students and helps our returning Roadrunners learn strategies for success in the new year.Various locations, Main and Downtown campuses
Join the UTSA contingent as we honor the memory and work of Martin Luther King Jr. in this citywide march. The City of San Antonio has sponsored this march on the east side of the city down MLK Drive since 1987.MLK Academy, 3501 MLK Drive, San Antonio
This exhibition, curated by Libby Rowe and Scott Sherer, presents the work of women artists who are compelled by their commitments to investigating and transforming social and cultural legacies and contexts.UTSA Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA will further honor King with the university's annual MLK Day of Service. Roadrunners are encouraged to participate in the service day, located in various locations, including helping to beautify campus.Various locations, Main Campus
Celebrating the Year of the Rat, the 33rd annual Asian Festival will feature a wide spectrum of Asian cultures with family-friendly events and performances. Enjoy authentic Asian foods with a menu including Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Pakistani, Chinese and Filipino cuisines. Vendors will sell clothing, artwork, dolls, silk items, jewelry and other exotic gifts.Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio
Peniel E. Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at UT Austin, will discuss his book “The Sword and The Shield,” which focuses on the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The Heart Walk will be held at all three campus locations starting at the same time. Support Go Red for Women Day by wearing red.All UTSA campuses
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