Sunflower County Early Headstart Childcare Partnership
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The Sunflower County Early Head Start Childcare Partnership (EHS CCP), sponsored by Delta Health Alliance, is a unique opportunity which brings to-gether the best of Early Head Start and private child care through layering of funding to provide comprehensive and continuous services to low-income infants, toddlers, and their families.
After receiving a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHA worked with six child care centers in Sunflower County, along with other community partners, to create the Sunflower Childcare Coalition and operate a system of private day care centers that meet Early Head Start standards. The six facilities underwent rennovations to create a more welcoming learning environment and installed state of the art Landscape Structures playgrounds featuring the Talking is Teaching DigiFuse® panels de-veloped in partnership with Too Small to Fail’s “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign. In 2018, EHS-CCP launched a website that parents can communicate with daycare teachers through a secure parent portal.
Since forming in 2015 with operations beginning the following year, the EHS-CCP has adhered to five primary goals:
- (1) Building capacity and providing technical support of child care centers in Sunflower County.
- (2) Providing training and certification for all centers.
- (3) Increasing parental engagement at centers and improving access to support services.
- (4) Increasing the number of children enrolled in and utilizing the child care subsidy program.
- (5) Improving the financial viability of centers.
In 2018, EHS-CCP enrolled 200 children in 6 daycare facilites showing a 51% increase in enrollment. Two hundred sixty-five children (235 families) are enrolled in the six designated center receiving services offered through the program with 259 of those children now have continuous, accessible health care and are up-to-date on immunizations.