HEARTLAND HEAD START INC

Educating Children, Empowering Families

Bloomington, IL   |  www.heartlandheadstart.org

Mission

Heartland Head Start enhances the lives of children and families by providing a comprehensive child and family development program for pregnant women, children birth to age 5 and their families who meet the federal guidelines in McLean and Livingston counties in Central Illinois.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Teri Meismer

Main address

206 Stillwell St

Bloomington, IL 61701 USA

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EIN

37-0963726

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Head Start began in 1965 as a Federal program to help children and families in poverty. Heartland Head Start enhances the lives of children and families who meet the federal income and eligibility guidelines in McLean and Livingston Counties in Central Illinois. We do this by providing a comprehensive child and family development program for women receiving prenatal care, children ages birth to 5 years old and their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Classroom Education

We provide services to children ages birth to age 5 and pregnant women in a preschool setting.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Silver Circle of Quality from ExceleRate IL 2020

Affiliations & memberships

First book of McLean County 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision at Heartland Head Start is to implement high quality programming and partnerships in order to have ready children, ready families and ready schools. To that end, we strive for an organization that has engaged staff members who love to learn and use creative approaches to meet each child's and family's individual needs. Heartland Head Start supports low income children and families in McLean and Livingston Counties in Illinois with the purpose of economic movement. We do this by providing rich child development programs to children birth to age 5 in all areas including physical, social, emotional and intellectual. We also support, assist and encourage adults to move up the economic scale through personal and parental development and skill training.

We support children’s and family’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:
a. Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. We focus on relationships with adults, plan and allow spontaneous instruction, and assist children in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and idea development.
b. Health: All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. We connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children receive the services they need.
c. Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. We support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around their children’s learning and development.

Our program offers a variety of service models, depending on the varying needs of the communities within McLean and Livingston Counties. Our program is based in centers located in churches, schools, stand-alone sites and even homes.

5 Year Program Goals and Objectives 2015-2020:
a. HHS will implement research-based strategies to support children’s development of language and literacy, so that children acquire skills for future educational success.
b. HHS will engage and encourage children, families and staff in attaining consistent attendance which leads to life-long success.
c. HHS will increase and support parents and families on engagement, transition and overall wellness activities so they will become more active and healthy contributors in their home, school and community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Heartland Head Start enhances the lives of children and families who meet the federal income and eligibility guidelines in McLean and Livingston Counties in Central Illinois. We do this by providing a comprehensive child and family development program for women receiving prenatal care, children ages birth to 5 years old and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently changed food pick-up times (due to previous feedback) during COVID-19 and as well, gave them the choice to opt out of the service.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Gives the people we serve a voice to guide us to best serve their needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEARTLAND HEAD START INC

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Cotter

Sara Harris

Vergetta Harris

Kristal Shelvin

Karyn Smith

Ericka Ralston

Kiowna Towns

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/24/2021,

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Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/24/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.