Jacinta Passamentt, DFSS, Was Identified As Note Taker

Jacinta Passamentt, DFSS, Was Identified As Note Taker

  1. Welcome

Committee members were welcomed by Education Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Kim Shelton, LSSI. Laura Young, DFSS, was present as the co-chair in the absence of Denise Jordan.

  1. Identification of Note Taker

Jacinta Passamentt, DFSS, was identified as note taker.

  1. Reading and Approval of Minutes

The minutes from the Education Advisory Committee meeting of January 19, 2011, were distributed and members were asked to review. Seung Jin Yeo, Korean American, gave the correct spelling of her name. The January minutes were approved by Diane Mariani, Haymarket Center and seconded by Nilsa Ramirez, YMCA.

  1. Administrative Update

Federal Review: The Federal Review team leader was in Chicago and DFSS hosted a webinar to introduce her. The team leader gave a brief overview of what to expect and answered some questions from participants who logged on (approximately 120). DFSS is aware that there were some technical difficulties and some participants were not able to view or listen, however the webinar will not be repeated.

The DFSS 2011 Federal Review is scheduled for April 25th through May 6th. With respect to Education, a few key points discussed were: site visits will be at least 1 ½ days for larger agencies (these agencies will be visited first); CLASS observations will be conducted 8 of the 10 days the reviewers are here; there will be teacher interviews, and a sampling (2 of each) of Family Child Care, EHS home base, and HS home base programs; socialization observations are questionable at this time. The most tedious task, as stated by the review team leader will be reviewing teacher qualifications/provider credentials.

Denise Jordan is in Baltimore for the OHS Summit “On the Road to School Readiness”. A few key points that were shared and programs should make sure they are: (a) becoming familiar with the new Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, (b) using all forms of data from curriculum assessment, environmental rating scales and PIR results for program planning (c) ensuring program goals and data indicate children are progressing toward school readiness (d) sharing information with parents and the parent policy committee. The Director of OHS, Yvette Fuentes also mentioned that they were developing an outcomes framework for EHS.

Teaching Strategies GOLD: Lesson Planning March training dates may be shifting; Committee members were advised to hold off on registering.

DFSS advised members to provide their email addresses if they are not receiving Denise Jordan’s emails with Education Advisory meeting minutes/updates.

Suggestions were made by Co-Chair, Kim Shelton, LSSI to make sure

IMIL – “I Am Moving I Am Learning” is being included during planning and documented in lesson plans, which will probably be something that the reviewers will be looking for as well. It was also advised that committee members understand the role of the Head Start framework and “School Readiness”, the role of curriculum and instruction and using data to enhance teachers and children’s learning experience. Ms. Shelton also suggested that each agency’s Education Plan include how they are supporting English language learners.

Back to Basics & Beyond the Basics - The professional development series DFSS and Chicago Children’s Museum have partnered to provide a professional development series for teacher and teacher assistants. Beyond the Basics is for returning teachers/teacher assistants that have completed the Back to Basics training. To register for either series go to COPA. Benefits for attending the training include receiving professional books, digital video camera, classroom resources, material to include in a professional development portfolio and continuing professional development credits. A flyer with training dates and location was distributed.

  1. School Age

In an effort to support the professional development of School Age and Youth workers DFSS has partnered with a School Age credential pilot program. This pilot project is limited to a specific number of classrooms; participants will attend eight Saturday sessions. All School Age programs were evaluated last year using the SACRS and delegate agencies were placed in the pilot based upon the results.

Upcoming trainings in March include lesson planning and parent involvement. Please refer to COPA for registration.

New officers were elected in January 2011.

Next meeting is on March 15th at YMCA North Lawndale.

  1. Open Discussion

Early Head Start - EHS Series/Training is posted on CSD website, please


Jenny Kemp from Erikson Institute is recruiting for the Infant and Toddler Certificate Program and the next cohort will begin in May. It is important that anyone interested should make application before the March 15th deadline. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree to apply. Erikson is also looking for participants to enroll in the Infant Mental Health Cohort; applicants must have a master’s degree to apply. Email for an application.

Harold Washington: Allison Walker reminded the Committee members that it is time to apply for financial aid (FAFSA) for individuals seeking a CDA certificate, or an AA in ECE or Social Work. Ms. Walker referred members to Isolda Davila, DFSS and to download packet from COPA. Ms. Walker also mentioned the renewal process for CDA’s and referred members to for more information.

  1. Integrating Teaching Strategies GOLD and the OHS Monitoring Protocol into the DFSS Monitoring System – Jody Anderson, DFSS


Education Advisory Committee

February 16, 2011

Meeting Minutes

Members Present

Kim Shelton LSSI Seung Jin Yeo, Korean American

Meredith E. Chambers, Chinese American Paulette Hernandez. YMCA

Stacy Peterson, YMCA Darby Pool, Metro. Family Service

Danielle Niermann, Mary Crane Rachel Wasson, Beacon Therapeutic

Kristina Vogt, Beacon Therapeutic Jennifer Kemp, Erikson Institute

Diane Mariani, Haymarket Center Ilian Espinoza, El Hogar Del Nino Katrina Cunningham, Hull House Tivia Robinson, Centers for New Horizons

Stacy Pearce, Family Rescue Donna Skinner Echols, Firman

Jasmin Marshall, Salvation Army Leah Jowers, Chicago Youth Center

Dion Rogers, Chicago Youth Center Etheal Gore, Ada S McKinley

Dianne Congress, Home of Life Ana Molina, Onward House

Irma Rodriguez, NUSH Ernestine Carr Thomas, Salvation Army

Jazmin Figueroa, YMCA Deborah Moore, Henry Booth House

Ruth Davenport, CPS Cherie Brown, Trinity United Church

Zenida Castillo, El Valor Jessica Garcia, El Valor Linda Feil, Harold Washington Charlotte Bonsu, Appeal to Charities

Evelyn Lang, Chicago State Allison Walker, City Colleges Yolanda Harris, Chicago State Pat Jackson, North Avenue Day Care

Anya Robinson, DFSS Laura Young, DFSS

Maria Gonzalez, DFSS Jody Anderson, DFSS

Carrie Clark, DFSS Margaret Jordan, DFSS

Jacinta Passamentt, DFSS Ekoi Florence, Trinity United Church

Ilinca Ivan, El Valor Cassandra Thomas, Henry Booth House

Tracy Foster, Henry Booth House Deidra Watson, Henry Booth House

Lucille Brown, Healing Temple Leslie Janes, Carole Robertson Center

Luz M. Macias, Carole Robertson Center Nilsa Ramirez, YMCA

Tiffany Thomas, Firman Kristie Norwood, Chicago Commons

Jolene Martin, Carole Robertson Center Erica Olmeda, ABC Preschool

Sonya E. Sifuentes, YMCA Naphateri Neal, Onward House

Gaynell Fulton, Appeal to Charities Tonya Smith, Community Learning Center

Verlene Vanderbilt, Onward House Duane Kirksey, Dorothy Sutton

Aimee Washington, Christopher House Barbara Mosely, First Church of Love

Clara Maynie, South Shore United Yolanda Johnson, Trinity Resources Ult.

Rev. Sheila Sims, Church of God Merima Pehlivakovic, St. Augustine

Tawanda McKinney, McKinneys Early Learning