Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
September 2017 issue



Pace receives $1 million in funding to expand Early Head Start & increase classroom time for Head Start students


CAPWI Head Start director graduates distinguished fellowship

U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Visits Hoosier Uplands


Here’s how Trump’s tax plan would shortchange Indiana’s middle- and working-class families

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Pace receives $1 million in funding to expand Early Head Start & increase classroom time for Head Start students
All are invited to attend the new center’s open house on
Oct. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thanks to $1 million in federal grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. began serving children at its expanded Pace Early Learning Center in Vincennes, Ind., on Aug. 14.

Pace invites the public to tour the newly developed center at its open house on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Pace was the only grantee in the state of Indiana to receive the Early Head Start expansion funding, which will be used to:

  • Provide full-year, center-based services to 32 infants and toddlers in Knox and Daviess counties
  • Hire new staff members and set up new classrooms.

Head Start extended duration funding will be used to more than double classroom time for Head Start children, ages 3 to 5.

These expanded services will not only help children meet developmental milestones and identify possible delays, but will also assist families with setting goals and obtaining employment.

These services come at a critical time, as two years ago, the YMCA of Vincennes discontinued its childcare program. Pace now rents this space from the YMCA, providing the community with three Head Start and two Early Head Start classrooms — a win for the YMCA, Pace and the community!

Pace’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs currently serve more than 400 children at eight centers and through a home-based option throughout Daviess, Knox, Greene and Sullivan counties.

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CAPWI Head Start director graduates distinguished fellowship

Robin Curry (pictured at right), the Head Start director for Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI), is now a proud graduate of the prestigious UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program.

Originally nominated for the program by her fellow Head Start management staff members, Curry’s participation required a 12-day, intensive leadership- and management-development training session at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

The program offers a unique opportunity for Head Start executives to:

  • Evaluate needed improvements at their organizations — The Management Improvement Project (MIP) is the practical application (or experiential component) of the program, allowing participants to immediately translate the UCLA program curriculum to improve performance at their own organizations. It identifies and addresses organizational weaknesses or external opportunities through the development of a strategic plan.

  • Develop strategic improvement plans — As fellows develop their strategic plans, the program employs MBA students as Teaching Associates (TAs) who lead small study groups to clarify and discuss session content with participants and act as consultants.

  • Gain permanent access to the program’s online learning system — A Web-based "learning-management system" coordinates the education process and delivers some of the program content. An easily accessible information source for online presentations, reading materials and useful links, the system is available to fellows upon completing the program.

Since 1991, the program has trained more than 1,400 Head Start directors and managers who provide comprehensive services to nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged children and their families each day. The competency-based curriculum focuses on the leadership and management skills, knowledge and abilities most relevant to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

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U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Visits Hoosier Uplands

Pictured below: (From left) David Miller, CEO of Hoosier Uplands; Robin Grissom, Energy Assistance director; Debbie Beeler, Head Start director; and U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth gather together to discuss Hoosier Uplands' services.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, United States Rep. Trey Hollingsworth visited Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, after he expressed interest in learning more about the organization’s offerings.

During his visit, approximately 40 staff members gathered in the Hoosier Uplands board room to share program details and explain how crucial the agency’s work is to meeting community needs.

Afterward, Hollingsworth was taken for a tour of the Mitchell Opera House, a local historical hotspot that was first renovated in 2014 and now operated by Hoosier Uplands. Hollingsworth shared that he loved the venue and hopes to visit again to attend a show.

The visit was considered a success, with Hollingsworth being very receptive of the topics and programs discussed with Hoosier Uplands staff.

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A Helpful Resource for Community Action Agencies:
Here’s how Trump’s tax plan would shortchange Indiana’s middle- and working-class families

Original blog post published by Andrew Bradley, IIWF Senior Policy Analyst

The Trump administration’s proposed tax plan would shortchange Indiana as a state, especially its middle-class and working families, while top earners would pocket a windfall. Although the administration hasn’t yet released full details of the plan, their public statements show that Indiana wouldn’t get its fair share of tax cuts. This would disproportionately benefit the nation’s very wealthiest and would likely be offset by damaging cuts to vital services.

A new analysis of the Trump tax plan from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that Indiana would only get an 87-percent share of tax cuts relative to the state’s ratio of the U.S. population. This is the 23rd-smallest share among states. In part because the plan is aimed at high-income households and Indiana is a poorer state, no matter how you slice it, Indiana gets shortchanged compared to the average state by Trump’s plan.

View the rest of the blog post.

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