When we share responsibility for common goals, we can achieve great things. Pro Action has a strong track record for engaging in meaningful partnerships to build the community we envision. Whether as a leader or a participant, Pro Action works to actively integrate services within the agency and with external partners to produce optimal benefits for and with our customers and the community.
Kids on Track Steuben
Kids on Track Steuben is the Implementation Partnership in Steuben County advancing the goals of United Way of the Southern Tier’s Kids on Track initiative. The overarching goals of Kids On Track include school readiness, grade-level academic performance at 3rd grade, and high school completion. To advance these goals, the Kids on Track Implementation Partnership coordinates the efforts of multiple programs to achieve outcomes in the areas of child development and safe, nurturing environments for children. We have a Community of Practice that meets quarterly to oversee the advancement of our key strategies to achieve these outcomes: universal home visiting, early detection and treatment for delays, creating contexts for healthy child development in all settings where children spend time, developing school-based family resource centers, adopting consistent behavior management approaches across settings, and spreading practices for effective teaching and learning across settings. Work done in Communities of Practice last year has yielded the following results:
- A centralized funnel process for referrals coming to the partnership of home visiting programs operating in the county, and a stronger stream of referrals coming from Guthrie and Noyes (meaning important family support services are being offered and delivered to more families.)
- Development of a centralized database (COMET) to better coordinate referrals and services for children and families in Steuben County
- Widespread use of the New Parent Kit from New York State Parenting Education Partnership among programs serving expectant and new parents
- Coordination of work practices among partners to use and teach parents consistent approaches to social-emotional development and behavior guidance for children
- A consistent approach to assessing program effectiveness in family –serving programs (Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support)
- Agreement on Strengthening Families / Protective Factors Framework approach to build protective factors with families; agreement on use of the Protective Factors Instrument to assess presence of protective factors in families served
- “Pop-up” Family Resource Centers at WIC clinics and other locations in small towns and neighborhoods
- Greater community awareness of the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences; more widespread use of intentional resilience-building tools in the scope of service
Pro Action is the lead agency for Head Start, serving Steuben and Yates Counties. In this role, Pro Action partners with several area school districts to deliver Universal Prekindergarten (UPK). Local school districts receive funding from New York State Department of Education to support UPK services. Local school districts ensure UPK services through a variety of classroom settings, including those operated directly by the school district and those operated by community partners. Pro Action Head Start is one of these community partners. In several local school districts, we provide Universal Prekindergarten programming in center-based classroom settings, five days per week throughout the school calendar year.
Pro Action works in close partnership with the Steuben County Department of Social Services and Office for the Aging to deliver several services, including Child Care Fee Assistance, HEAP, One Stop Career Centers, Senior Nutrition, Home Visiting, and Wheels for Work.
Pro Action administers the Yates County Office for Aging in close partnership with the County. Through this very successful partnership, Pro Action offers a range of services for seniors including information and referral services, health and wellness services, and in-home services
United Way of the Southern Tier
- Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Program
- Resilient Children and Families Home & Community Based Services
- Youth Development Program (Bath Center for Youth Services)
- Youth Empowerment Program
- Senior Wellness/Bone Builders
- Kids on Track Steuben
- Head Start at Stewart Park
- Pro Action Child Care Council Early Literacy Connection