Program Design Specialist,
Northwest Arkansas Head Start and Early Head Start
Through our partnership with United Way we have been able to advance our program in many ways. As a recipient of United Way funding we have been able to purchase new technology items for some of our classrooms, which helps support our mission for School Readiness in the areas of Language Development, Cognitive Development, Mathematics, and Science. Each child has their own individual profile, which generates games or activities according to the developmental needs of that specific child, and then allows the progression of the child to be tracked by the teachers through report cards. We have seen tremendous growth with the use of the tablets and multi-touch tables and the children love being able to engage with the fun activities.
Another benefit through our partnership is the level of volunteerism it brings forth each year. Being a non-profit we try and stretch our dollars the best we know how, so having volunteer days, such as “Live United Day”, allows to accomplish some of the projects we have at our different locations. The larger the number we have the more we are able to get accomplished! This allows the community to be hands on with the overall goals for the centers, and the volunteers love to see all the children’s smiling faces! We are required to provide “in-kind” by Federal Regulations, which is through volunteerism, donations of goods, services, or monetary, and has to be 20% of the funding we receive Federally. When we have volunteers come and participate in the centers this allows us to count their hours as time donated on these projects. We are thankful for our partnership with United Way, and we look forward to what is to come.