HCAP Weekly July 3, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Palolo STEM Students Create a Water Cycle in a Bag
Work Furlough Participant Finds Steady Employment with Help from Na Lima Hana
Waiau Pre-Plus Head Start Children Make Gloop
HCAP Head Start Staff Attend Family Development Training
Community Partners Provide Information to LIHEAP Clients
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Palolo STEM Students Create a Water Cycle in a Bag

Photo of Palolo STEM Water Cycle
Last week, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center explored the water cycle by creating the water cycle in a bag. First, the students decorated the bag with drawings. Each student was asked to draw the sun and a cloud towards the top of the bag. Across the bottom of the bag, they drew a wavy line made to resemble an ocean or a lake. Next, the students filled their bag up to the wavy line with water and added 1 to 2 drops of blue food coloring to it. Finally, each bag got taped up to a window, where students made observations and predictions.

The moisture eventually evaporates and forms a foggy cloud inside the bag. Depending upon the specific conditions (how much sunlight is available, outside temperature at the window), the evaporation process could take two to three hours, or could take overnight. Once the “cloud” inside the bag can hold no more moisture, students will notice “rain” coming down the inside walls of the bag.


Work Furlough Participant Finds Steady Employment with Help from Na Lima Hana

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Tom is a participant of the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. He was transferred from the Kulani Correctional Facility on the Big Island to Laumaka Work Furlough Center, the Oahu Community Correctional Center’s work furlough program. Within his first week in the work furlough program, Tom completed intake at HCAP’s Central District Service Center and enrolled as an ECS participant. Shortly after completing Job Readiness Training (JRT) in the ECS program, Tom was able to secure employment with a tile and stone company. Tom is still gainfully employed, thriving in the work furlough program, and waiting for parole.


Waiau Pre-Plus Head Start Children Make Gloop

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The children at Waiau Pre-Plus Head Start created an interesting mixture of a unique texture called gloop. In order to make gloop, the children mixed two cups of cornflour, one cup of water, and two drops of food dye in a large container. The children enjoyed making gloop and learning what makes gloop so special. When water is added to the cornflour mixture, the mixure does not dissolve in water, but instead can be stretched and pulled apart. This allows the gloop to act both like a solid and a liquid. The activity was a great opportunity for the children to engage in sensory play. Through making and playing with gloop, the children had the chance to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.


HCAP Head Start Staff Attend Family Development Training

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HCAP Head Start Assistant Director, Donna Manibog and HCAP Head Start Staff Development and Training Manager, Cheryl Castro recently attended the National Family Development Credential (FDC) Instructor Institute in Greenville, South Carolina. The FDC Program provides front line workers from public, private, and non-profit service systems with the knowledge and skills needed to coach families to set and reach their own goals for healthy self-reliance in their communities.

Both Donna and Cheryl are now official Family Development Credential Instructors in the State of Hawaii. Family Development Instructors lead a 90-hour Empowerment Skills for Family Workers course. Participants must also complete portfolio work and successfully pass a written examination (administered by the University of Connecticut). Many other representatives from Head Start programs across the country also participated in the institute and have become official FDC Instructors.


Community Partners Provide Information to LIHEAP Clients

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At all of HCAP’s District Service Center locations, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was in full-swing during the entire month of June. Since clients are only able to apply for the program once a year, the number of people applying increases throughout the month. During this time we invited community partners such as Helping Hands Hawai’i to speak with our clients about services they provide.

In addition to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program, which HCAP also provides referrals to as part of our wraparound services, Rovie and Chey offered information on emergency financial assistance for low-income Native Hawaiians, case management for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, and interpretation services for immigrants and migrants.

We would like to thank all of the community partners who provided additional resources to our LIHEAP clients.


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.