HCAP Weekly August 7, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start Teaching Staff Receive Professional Development
Former SNAP Client and Volunteer Gains Valuable Work Experience
SCSEP Participant Improves Her English Language Skills
Hā Initiative Teachers Given a Crash Course in Hydrodynamics
WAP Helps Family Achieve Utility Savings
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


HCAP Head Start Teaching Staff Receive Professional Development

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For the past two weeks, HCAP Head Start Teachers and Assistant Teachers received professional development from veteran educators. Dr. Clare Camacho, an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Guam, spent the first week with the teaching staff. She introduced various math and literacy activities and strategies to use when working with young children. In the second week, early childhood consultant Carol Aghayan discussed topics that would be relevant and of interest to young children in the classroom. Ms. Aghayan also got the teaching staff acquainted with MyTeachingStrategies™, an online platform that supports teachers in their lesson planning, student assessments, progress reports, and professional development. Through hands-on practice and interactive group discussions, teachers were able to navigate all the features and functionalities of MyTeachingStrategies™. Head Start teaching staff found both professional development workshops useful; they look forward to applying what they’ve learned in their classrooms.


Former SNAP Client and Volunteer Gains Valuable Work Experience

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In 2015, Kala came to the Central District Service Center to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To fulfill her SNAP work requirements, Kala opted to volunteer at the Central District Service Center. Initially, Kala performed janitorial and grounds maintenance work, and later transitioned to office work. Kala went on to wear many hats at the Central District Service Center: she served as tax preparer for the Income Tax Services program, assisted the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as an intake aide, and provided logistical help with the monthly Ohana Produce program. While Kala was providing on-site assistance to staff and clients, she was also actively searching for employment. Kala attended many job fairs in hopes of finding an office administrative position. Recently, Kala received an employment offer from the State Department of Transportation. The Central District Service Center staff is proud of Kala and wishes her the best of luck in her new position.


SCSEP Participant Improves Her English Language Skills

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Angelina enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in January 2014. At the time, Angelina had recently immigrated to the US from the Philippines to be reunited with family. Angelina had very limited English proficiency and wanted to improve on her English speaking skills, but did not know how to make progress. Fortunately, Angelina picked up on English faster than anticipated once she was assigned to a SCSEP work assignment. As a kitchen helper, Angelina needed to persevere and communicate in English with other kitchen staff. Over time, Angelina has become more fluent in English. With her SCSEP placement ending in January 2018, Angelina expects to have a lot more employment options available now that she has a better grasp of the language.


Hā Initiative Teachers Given a Crash Course in Hydrodynamics

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This week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s STEM Exploration teachers became the students. The Hā Initiative teaching staff completed three days of professional development, in anticipation of FIRST LEGO League’s 2017-2018 Robotics Competition. Retired engineer Brian Wadnal introduced the teachers to the incredible world of hydrodynamics, a branch of science concerned with the motion of fluids. Mr. Wadnal discussed how liquids flow and interact with each other and their surrounding environment. The Hā Initiative program and teaching staff hope to incorporate this knowledge and application of hydrodynamics in the classroom curriculum to better prepare the STEM students for this year’s competition.


WAP Helps Family Achieve Utility Savings

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HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was monitored this week by staff from the State Office of Community Services (OCS). As part of the monitoring, HCAP and OCS staff paid a home visit to Aysha, a WAP client. Aysha had been referred to the program by her mother, a previous WAP client. Aysha and her family received various energy efficient devices and energy education, which has resulted in lowering their monthly utility bills. Aysha and her husband recently welcomed a third child, so they appreciate the savings they have realized through the program.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.