DHA works with six child care centers in Sunflower County, along with other community partners, to create the Sunflower Childcare Coalition, a system of private day care centers that meet Early Head Start standard. Each childcare center uses a standardized curriculum designed to ensure students are ready for kindergarten. A comprehensive teacher and staff development program is designed to refine and update classroom skills. Moreover, the centers coordinate health and nutritional services, including vision, oral and health screenings. Read More…
Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.
Johnnie Mae Rodney understands that childcare cannot be a one-size-fits-all arrangement.
“To put a group of children all in one room, infants and toddlers, just confuses everything,” said the 18-year certified childcare instructor at Indianola’s BeBe Kids Learning Center. “Each age group is learning something different, doing something different, and they need their own space.”
Thanks to support from Delta Health Alliance,
A simple greeting can mean the difference between a good day and bad one, and Kenya Raymond wants every day to be good.
“It’s important to know how a person wants to be greeted, both parents and children,” said Raymond, an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership instructor from Moorhead. “It’s all part of interacting in a way that makes for a better day.”
These and other techniques were part of a recent “Conscious Discipline” training sponsored by Delta Health Alliance and the Sunflower Childcare Coalition,
When it comes to kindergarten students in this Delta town, academic readiness has become a community affair, and the success of that effort was cause for a recent celebration.
“This is what happens when everyone moves in the same direction and aligned in a way that results in success for these children,” said Josh Davis,