OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 1 Our HOPES |Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken/Plainfield/Somerset New Jersey September, 2016 WELCOME TO OUR 52ND YEAR OF H OPES! HOPES Management Team Kicks off Year-Long Commitment to Continuous Supervisory Training and Agency-Wide Planning By Jessica Palencia On September 22, 2016, HOPES’ Management Team agency-wide came together in Hoboken for their first planning meeting of the 16-17 program year. During that meeting, plans for alternating monthly planning and training sessions were discussed. While September’s meeting focused on topics such as Leadership, Staff Engagement, and plans for the year ahead, October’s session will focus on Supervision-specific training. The Team will hold these sessions on a rotating basis between Hoboken, Somerset, and Plainfield in order to consistently professionally develop, enhance communication among departments and programs, and monitor goal progression. IN THIS ISSUE Work Anniversaries Page 2 Birthdays Page 2 Ask HR Page 2 Smile Break Page 2 Success Finance Page 2 New Hires Page 2 Employee Spotlight Page 3 Health & Wellness Page 4 New Head Start Program Page 5 Position Vacancies Page 5 Contest Page 5 African Views Visit Page 6 To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. - Bette Davis Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes /topics/topic_work3.html
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 2 ASK HR THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION! ROSA AGUILAR ANA ALVARENGA CECILIA AMANCHA YESENIA MARIA ANDRIUOLI MARIE YVROSE AUGUSTIN DONNA AUSTIN JOSE BENITEZ MARTHA ANN BROWN SHAWAN BRYANT DINNA COLON MARIXA CONCEPCION DEENA BEASLEY DAVENPORT DONNA DELUCA LILIANA DONARGO MICHAEL DUNN ROXANNE EURE IVON FUNES MURILLO LILIANA GALLEGO-ZULETA CHERYL GRANT KIMBERLY GREEN MICHELE HINDS PAMELA HUGGINS SHERYL JENNINGS ELIZABETH JIMENEZ YOLANDA JOHNSON PAMELA LIGHTEN CYNTHIAN LUJAN FANNY MAYORGA MAQUITA MCKEITHAN DIANA MILNE WAYNE MYERS LIANA PARIAG DRUETTA PENN LURDEZ PEREZ DENISE PERRY MONIKA PIRES JACKELINE ROMERO CLAUDIA ROMERO GUADALUPE SANTANA DE BAEZ CRISTINA SILVA RAFFAELLA TARABOKIJA MARIA TONATO DAISY GLASGOW VELAZQUEZ YASMENDA WHEELER REBECCA ZUNIGA 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/15/2014 09/13/2010 09/13/2010 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/10/2015 09/22/2014 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/26/2012 09/22/2014 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/28/2009 09/21/2009 09/15/2014 09/25/2012 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/15/2014 09/21/2009 09/10/2001 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/21/2009 09/15/2014 09/21/2009 09/25/2013 09/02/2014 09/16/1990 09/03/2015 09/21/2009 09/04/2012 09/21/2009 WELCOME ABOARD! Congratulations to the following new hires… Maritza Castro Teacher Assistant Plainfield 9/8/16 Marilyn Klein, Teacher 9/19/2016 CECILIA AMANCHA MARIE YVROSE AUGUSTIN YESICA BIRRITTA CARILU COLON DONNA DELUCA ROSALYN GONZALEZ DENISE GROOMES FARZANA HAQQI PAMELA HUGGINS CATHERINE MALLETTE FANNY MAYORGA JENNIFER RAYA MARIA RECUELO CARMEN RIVERA ABIGAIL ROMAN LIDA MADRID SALDARRIAGA SAMANTHA SCOCCO AMISHA SHAH CHRISTINA SPADORO RAFFAELLA TARABOKIJIA ROSA TORRES MASSIEL UMANZOR WIGDARLIN VILLATORO YVETTE YPELAAR 09/11 09/17 09/01 09/01 09/15 09/17 09/12 09/25 09/09 09/08 09/30 09/21 09/27 09/08 09/16 09/04 09/07 09/08 09/02 09/05 09/16 09/21 09/20 09/22 October 26, 2016, we will begin conducting New Hire Orientations virtually. This means that orientations will be held with new staff in Hoboken, Plainfield, and Somerset simultaneously via Skype. Each city will have one location equipped to view and hear the orientation with HR as well as ask questions. The sites/locations are as follows: · Plainfield-Watchung Multi-Purpose room (2nd Floor) · Hoboken-Rue Conference Room (2nd Floor) · Somerset-Belmont Room 5 Orientations will be held once a month on Wednesday, from 11AM-12PM on the dates indicated below: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 If you have any questions about this please contact Carmela Roman, Staffing & Development Supervisor at croman@hopes.org or ext. 1102. Finance: Did you know that the IRS Urges Taxpayers to Check their Withholdings? Dear Valued Employee: Re: Vacation Pay Our records indicate that you have not used any vacation time over the past 100 year(s). As I'm sure you are aware, employees are granted 3 weeks of paid leave per year or pay in lieu of time off. One additional week is granted for every 5 years of service. Please either take 9,400 days off work or notify our office and your next pay check will reflect payment of $8,277,432.22 which will include all pay and interest for the past 1,200 months. Sincerely, Automated Payroll Processing On Aug. 31, 2016 the Internal Revenue Service (IR2016-117) encouraged taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding checkup following several new factors that could affect their refunds in 2017. Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld can help ensure the right amount is withheld, either for tax refund purposes or to avoid an unexpected tax bill next year. The withholding review takes on even more importance this year given a new tax law change that requires the IRS to hold refunds a few weeks for some early filers in 2017 claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. In addition, the IRS and state tax administrators continue to strengthen identity theft and refund fraud protections, which means some tax returns could again face additional review time next year to protect against fraud. "With these changes, it makes good sense on many different levels to check on your withholding and plan ahead for next tax season," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "It's a personal choice if you want to have extra money withheld to get a bigger tax refund, but you have options available if you prefer to have a smaller refund next year and more take-home money now." So far in 2016, the IRS has issued more than 102 million tax refunds out of 140 million total individual returns processed, with the average refund well over $2,700. Historically, the refund figure has increased over time in size. By adjusting the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, taxpayers can ensure that the right amount is taken out of their pay throughout the year so that they don’t pay too much tax and have to wait until they file their tax return to get any refund. Employers use the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from pay.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 Before working at HOPES. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? When I worked for Community Development corp it was at my church and I worked with young adults teaching them abstinence and also their foreclosure department. What are three artists you would choose to listen to for the rest of your life? Employee Spotlight: Margie M. Barbee By: Tatiana Ferraro Residence: East Brunswick Inhabitants at residence: Just me, my husband passed away last year. Years with current position at HOPES: I am a new employee, my position is an Administrative Assistant at HOPES CAP, Inc Somerset location. What I like best about working for HOPES: I love the staff, their attitudes, and their disposition. It’s like a family here. 1.) Gladys Knight 2.) The Doobie Brothers 3.) Luther Vandross What are two goals you are trying to . accomplish this year? 1.) Learn Spanish 2.) Real Estate How do you plan on accomplishing these goals? 1.) Registered for Spanish classes in October at night 2.) Registering for their classes. Favorite place to live: I like living in East Brunswick If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Broccoli or String beans. What is your proudest moment at HOPES? What do you fear most? I was out a day and there’s these 2 twins that love broccoli and they found out I like broccoli so then when I was out of the office one day they asked “where is my Margie is my broccoli friend?” The children are so amazing. What do you do for fun? What would people be surprised to know about you? What are your favorite pastimes? Cooking. I love cooking and baking. If you were to do it all over again what would you do differently? Probably school. Finish and get all the degrees that I wanted. If given the chance to be anyone in the world, who would you like to be for a day? I don’t think I want to be anyone, well… maybe Maya Angelou I’m happiest when: Most of the time I’m happy, and I am happiest at the end of the day. Motto, Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote: “Treat people the way you would want to be treated” What is your favorite memory? Times with my mother and father are my favorite memories. Riding on the back of the lawn mower, shooting pool. I also loved Up cooking with my mother in the kitchen. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring? 1.) My Bible 2.) Laptop 3.) TV Bridges, I am definitely afraid of bridges and tunnels. I sing in a choir at church, I like to go bowling, dance, and I love my garden. What is your biggest pet peeve? People would be surprised to know that I sing professionally. When people have something to say but talks to everyone else not you directly .Let me know I did something you don’t like. I hate people that gossip. Before working at HOPES, what was the worst job you've ever had? Before I die, I would like to (top 3 items on bucket list): My jobs were never that bad, but the management was so bad at the one job I had. They treated us like a number. I hated waking up going to work. 3 1.) Hit the lottery and buy another house built the way I want 2.) Caribbean cruise 3.) Skiing. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them. Ann Landers
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 4 ACF Releases New Head Start Program Performance Standards! Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is muscle soreness that occurs usually 12-24 hours after an activity/workout session and typically lasts 2 to 3 days depending on the individual and intensity of the workout or activity. DOMS is not to be confused with regular muscle soreness/acute soreness which develop during or immediately after an exercise. It was long believed the cause of muscle soreness in general was due to lactic acid build-up but further research has shown that’s not the case and that the culprit is microscopic tears to the muscle fibers. These tears occur mostly when the muscle performs a lengthening (eccentric) contraction such as in a bicep curl. Think of it like when you stretch a rubber band as far as it can go that’s essentially what’s happening to your muscle. Fortunately, this is a step in making your muscles stronger. The Obama Administration released the long-anticipated Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) at the end of August. The new rule allows for greater flexibility at the local level and puts great emphasis on family engagement. The final rule will go into effect on November 7, 2016. The Office of Head Start (OHS) announced in the Federal Register the first comprehensive revision of the HSPPS since their original release in 1975. The new HSPPS are streamlined, simplified, and reorganized to improve clarity and transparency to support high-quality program delivery and minimize administrative burden. The result is a new set of standards that reinforces Head Start’s position as a leader in the field of comprehensive early education, reflects best practices for teaching and learning, allows local flexibility, and reduces the number of federal requirements by approximately one-third. If you are interested in learning more about the new Head Start Program Performance Standards please visit the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website. Becoming familiar with how the new regulations will impact your role in the HOPES Early Head Start/Head Start Program is essential in helping us provide the highest quality services to children and families. We’ve all experienced DOMS more than once and certainly will experience it several more times in our lives. We’re usually told to be sure to stretch before and after exercise or any other strenuous activity to prevent this but even that won’t help. The bottom line is when you exert yourself in a way that you haven’t normally done before such as starting/changing your exercise routine or even shoveling snow in the winter your body starts going through adaptations. It’s something that can’t be avoided but the best way to minimize it is to not be overly ambitious and start a workout or activity at low intensity and gradually increase it over time and when the soreness inevitably occurs, give your body time to recuperate. CONTEST Help HOPES build its photo library and be entered into a contest to win a $100 gift card! We would like to have fresh new photos to use on our website, social media, and newsletters, so through the end of October, you can email any HOPES related photos to info@hopes.org and directors will choose one winner and a second & third prize as well. RULES: · Photos must be clear · Photos must be new · Photos must be HOPES related (program, office, staff, building, event, volunteer, etc.) · Not copyrighted by another entity · You can submit as many photos as you’d like · Picture can be taken with a smartphone, but not while supervising children! That rule stands! · Winners announced in November Validation Visit from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to Hoboken Pre-K/Head Start Sites From September 15th though the 20th HOPES Preschool/Head Start sites in Hoboken were visited by two NAEYC Validators. In order to successfully earn NAEYC Accreditation the program needed to meet all required criteria, as well as the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. The Required Criteria are listed below: 1.B.09 No physical punishment, psychological abuse or coercion 5.A.03 At least one staff member who has a certificate showing satisfactory completion of pediatric first-aid training and satisfactory completion of pediatric CPR is always present with each group of children. 3.C.04 Teaching staff supervise children primarily by sight; supervision for short intervals by sound is permissible, as long as teachers check frequently on children who are out of sight. 1 10.A.02 Administrator qualifications (required to achieve Candidacy prior to on-site assessment) 10.B.04 Program is licensed/regulated and in good standing (programs ineligible for regulation must comply with alternative requirements) The Validation visit consisted of classroom observations, playground visits and review of documents to support each of the NAEYC Standards. Congratulations to the staff at Rue, Connors and Brandt for all of their hard work to prepare for and during the visit!!
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 Seeking New Team Members Do you know anyone who may want to join our team? Cook Assistant- Somerset, NJ The Cook Assistant position is responsible for assisting the Cook in preparing and serving of food in compliance with the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP). Requirements: · High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience and obtain Food Handlers Certification within 90 days of employment. · Preferred: Food Handlers Certification/Serv Safe Certification. Custodian- Hoboken/Plainfield/Somerset, NJ The Custodian position is responsible for helping to ensure a safe, well maintained and clean environment for all HOPES CAP, Inc. sites (as needed). Requirements: · High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience. · Preferred: Experience in custodial work. Education/Site Supervisor (Pre-K)- Hoboken, NJ The Education/Site Supervisor is responsible for supervising and coordinating activities of the staff in his/her designated Pre-K or Infant/Toddler Program site(s). Requirements: · Bachelors in Education or Early Childhood with license to teach in the State of NJ with a Preschool through Third Grade or Nursery through Eighth Grade Certification and 2-3 years’ experience working and supervising in Pre-K setting. · Preferred: Masters in Early Childhood Education or related field, experience with Early Head Start/Head Start, Abbott Program and NAEYC Standards with knowledge of designated curriculum and supervisory experience. Human Resources Assistant- Hoboken, NJ The Human Resources Administrator is responsible for performing a variety of administrative and staff support duties. Requirements: · Bachelor’s Degree and experience in HR or related field. · Preferred: Professional in HR Certification and 2-4 years’ experience of increasing responsibility in HR. 5 HOPES CAP, Inc. Welcomes Children from Nigeria Recently, African Views, a program designed to provide early learning and confidence development in cross-cultural ethics - enabling children to embrace the African world without bias introduced, a group of children from Nigeria, ages 11-17, to HOPES CAP Inc., This organization’s goal is to host different youth programs in an effort to teach their youth how to build their own communities in their own areas. The children visited New Jersey for 2 weeks and were able to visit numerous areas in the Hudson county area before making HOPES CAP, Inc. their last stop. They were provided with a tour of 301 Garden Street where a few of the staff of HOPES CAP, Inc. provided them with a tour of the building which entailed a brief description of the agency’s mission, strategic goals, and overview of programs. Mary Caldwell, Community Education Supervisor, gave them a tour of the state of the art computer lab; “Moments such as these is what makes me proud to be an employee of HOPES CAP, Inc.”, stated Mary Caldwell. The group also received small gifts, pizza, and refreshments. For more information about the work of African Views, visit www.africanviews.org. Infant/Teacher- All Locations The Infant/Toddler Teacher position is a full time classroom teacher/caregiver in the program that shares responsibilities with a co-Infant/Toddler Teacher. Requirements: · Infant/Toddler CDA or CDA with an Infant/Toddler endorsement · Preferred: AA or higher in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience with Early Head Start and NAEYC standards with knowledge of designated curriculum. Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist- Somerset, NJ The Mental Health/Disabilities Services Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, facilitating, monitoring and training in designated Pre-K or Infant/Toddler site(s). Requirements: · Bachelors in Psychology, Social Work or related field and 2-3 years’ clinical experience providing direct services to children and families Pre-K or Infant/Toddler setting. · Preferred: Masters in Psychology or Social Work or related field, NJ Licensed Clinician and experience with Early Head Start/Head Start, Early Childhood settings and NAEYC standards. Program Administrator – Hoboken, NJ The Program Administrator is responsible for providing operational and high level administrative support to the Early Childhood Program 0-5. Requirements: · Bachelors in Business Administration or other related field and 1-2 years with direct administrative support experience in non-for profit settings. · Preferred: Masters in Business Administration or related field, experience with Early Head Start/Head Start, Abbott Program and NAEYC Standards and supervisory experience with 2 years’ experience in an Early Childhood environment in roles of increasing responsibility. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e. e. Cummings
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 6 Bh New Jersey Head Start Association Mission: To provide leadership to strengthen and inspire stakeholders through advocacy, support, collaboration and communication to benefit New Jersey’s youngest children and families. FACT: Out of approximately 15,000 children ages 0-5, 90% are under the 100% Federal Poverty Guidelines Join the NJ Head Start Association Directors – Staff – Parents – Community Partners & Friends B elong to a community passionate about being a window of opportunity for our most vulnerable children and their families. Participate in key activities including Advocacy, Recognition & Awards, Conferences and Leadership Events! Next Meeting Date: October 4, 2016 – 10:00am-2:00pm, call 856-4976676 to RSVP, to be held at UTCAO - .2410 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ 07088, (908) 686-6150 ext. 112 Meeting dates: November 22, 2016, January 24, March 28 “Head Start is the smartest decision I have ever made for my child. I have seen such growth not only with my child, but with myself as well. Head Start to me is a dream come true in so many ways and it gets better and better for my child and I as we go along. I wish I could keep my child in Head Start until college!” – Samantha Loguidice “I try to send as many staff as I can to NHSA Conferences and Institutes. They can get training in a wider range of content areas there than we can get in our region or state. It is critical to hear from so many national experts. The discount we receive as an NHSA member means I can send more staff.” “Head Start is the national commitment to give every vulnerable child an opportunity to succeed.” Acelero Learning Monmouth/Middlesex Acelero Learning Camden/Philadelphia B.E.O.F. Community Action Partnership Burlington County Community Action Program Center for Family Services Center for Family Resources, Inc. Children’s Home Society of New Jersey East Orange Child Development Corporation Gateway Community Action Partnership Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc. Ironbound Community Corporation La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc. Lakewood Economic Action Program, Inc. Montclair Child Development, Inc. Morris County Head Start Community Program North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Inc. Northwest Community Action Program, Inc. O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Passaic Family Head Start, Inc. PathStone Corporation Quality Care Resource and Referral Services, Inc. The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey The Leaguers, Inc. The Newark Public Schools Gateway Community Action Agency, Inc. Union Township Community Action Organization, Inc.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 12 Introducing the New Head Start Program Performance Standards The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) define standards and minimum requirements for the entire range of Head Start services and are the foundation for Head Start's mission to deliver comprehensive, high quality individualized services to support the school readiness of children from low-income families. On September 1, 2016 The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released the first comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards since they were originally published in 1975. The revisions of the HSPPS are aimed to strengthen and improve the quality of Head Start programs and reflect updates in best practices and latest research on early childhood development on brain science. 7 NYS SNAP Benefit Card Has a New Design The roll out of the new card design began last month in New York City and will continue in September for upstate counties. There will be no mass replacement of current EBT cards. Only new applicants and those needing a replacement card will receive a card with the new design. Current EBT cards will continue to be valid and can be used to access SNAP benefits. There is no change in how the card works. SNAP vendors in NYS must accept SNAP EBT cards with either the old design or the new design. Current SNAP recipients will receive information about the new card design in the upcoming notice about the October 1 changes to the Thrifty Food Plan allotments. At Labor Day, Let the EITC Help All Low-Wage Workers 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform Last month marked 20 years since Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1966. The Act emphasized moving people from "welfare to work" and replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFCD) with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Anne Erickson, CEO of Empire Justice Center located in Albany, NY talks about the immediate effects of the reform; while Wendy Pollack, Director, Women's Law and Policy at Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law highlights unique pieces of the law regarding immigrants, health care etc.; and Liz Schott, Senior Fellow at Center of Budget and Policy Priorities spells out specific recommendations for the advocacy community as we move forward. Bipartisan proposals to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers who aren’t raising children in the home would extend the EITC’s success to such workers in every state, as new state-by-state data shows. That’s particularly important because while the EITC rewards the hard work of low- and moderate-income people by boosting their paychecks and reducing poverty in the process, this one group — low-wage workers who aren’t raising children in the home — is largely excluded from its benefits. In fact, some 7.5 million people in this group are actually taxed into poverty. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 12  Introducing the New Head Start Program Performance Standards The Head Start Pr...