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Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

Renee Shaw speaks with Sharon Price and Melissa Tibbs from the Community Action Council. They discuss the Community Action Council's role in helping low-income families and their plans to use a multi-million dollar grant to expand their Head Start programs as well as other offerings. Next, Renee speaks with Alice Nelson with First 5 Lex - Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten.
S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere: 2.1.19

Head Start and the Benefits of Early Childhood Development

For more than 50 years, the Community Action Council has operated the early education and nutrition program known as Head Start for thousands of low-income children and their families across central Kentucky.

As of January, the Lexington non-profit expanded its Head Start efforts to five more counties thanks to a $42.5 million federal grant.

“We use Head Start as a vehicle to move those families out of poverty by providing a very structured program that’s intended to have children prepared,” says Sharon Price, the CAC’s director of child development, “so that when they enter kindergarten, they are ready to compete and succeed in an educational venture.”

Price and CAC Director of Planning, Communications and Advancement Melissa Tibbs appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss the Head Start program. Host Renee Shaw also spoke with Alice Nelson of First 5 Lex about the benefits of early childhood development.

Giving Kentucky Children a Good Head Start
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties already provides Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 19 counties. The grant will enable the organization to expand those services to Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Madison, Powell and Rockcastle Counties.

Head Start targets children from birth to age five who come from low-income families, as well as those who are homeless or in foster care. The program provides high-quality learning experiences as well as activities to strengthen parent-child relationships.

“We want to start with children where they are, build on their individual strengths and weaknesses,” says Sharon Price, “and we develop individual goals for them and for their families, because while the children are getting a head start, we want to work with the families on building strategies to strengthen that family, which will in turn strengthen the community.”

Price says the benefits of Head Start often don’t present themselves until years later. Recent research from the University of Michigan indicates that children who attend Head Start are more likely to graduate from high school, and enroll in and complete college.

Price has seen those benefits play out in her own life. Two of her children attended Head Start as youngsters. Both of them now attend the University of Kentucky.

Head Start also provides health screenings and nutrition services that are vital to children living in poverty.

“Food security is an issue for a lot of the families that we see.” says CAC’s Melissa Tibbs. “We provide two, healthy, nutritious meals every day as well as a snack, so we’re making sure that children are fed.”

Tibbs says CAC hopes to serve about 3,000 children with the new South Central Head Start program. The goal, according to Price, is to provide children an environment where they can thrive and get the benefits of early childhood learning.

“What we do tell parents is enrollment in Head Start is optional, but attendance is not,” says Price.

First 5 Lex
The language, vocabulary, and social skills a child develops during the first years of life are foundational to later success.

But when it comes to early childhood development, the commonwealth has room to improve. According to state data, about half of Kentucky’s children enter kindergarten not prepared to learn. The problem is exacerbated for children who live in poverty, stressful family situations, or broken homes.

“Toxic stress brings on… fight, flight or freeze, and that’s what happens to their brains,” says Alice Nelson, family/community early childhood coordinator for FCPS. “It makes it very difficult for them to learn.”

To help counter these learning challenges, the Fayette County Public Schools developed a program called First 5 Lex – Read, Talk, and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten.

Nelson says First 5 Lex provides families and caregivers with tips on easy ways to foster learning in young children. She says good brain development in kids depends on healthy, positive interactions with their adult caregivers.

“It’s very powerful and important, but it’s also really simple,” says Nelson. “Read, talk and play with them… and anybody can do that.”

Nelson says talking with and reading to your child are vital, and that starts even when the child is still in the womb. She says language skills prepare a child for the other learning they will do as they grow older. If you don’t have children’s books around, read them whatever you’re reading. If you have difficulty reading yourself, then talk about the pictures in a book with the child, Nelson says. Children also need to touch and hold books, which provides important sensory stimulation.

“Children really don’t learn by drill and skill at a young age,” she says. “It’s about interacting with materials, having conversations about it, counting all the things that are in your world.”

If you need daycare for your child, Nelson suggests looking for facilities where the staff is well educated. But she admits that may be hard to find.

“So many of our child care centers do not have folks with bachelor’s degrees or teaching degrees,” she says. “The pay for the aides in the classroom is very low in child care. All of those things really need to be addressed.”

Good daycare centers also provide healthy, safe, and happy environments for children, according to Nelson. They should not be punitive, nor should they be overly structured, but should allow for outdoor play, hands-on activities, and language-rich learning opportunities.

For other early childhood learning suggestions, visit the First 5 Lex website, or explore their Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube pages.

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Djuan Trent - S9 E30

Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent talks about her decision come out as a gay woman, reaction from family and friends, her activism in advancing gay rights and marriage, and more.

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Hasan Davis - S9 E31

Renee speaks with former Kentucky Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Hasan Davis, about recent juvenile justice reform. Davis was featured in the recent PBS Frontline program "Prison State," about Kentucky's correction system, and interviewed for KET's follow-up program, Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation.

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Prison Reform In Kentucky - S9 E32

Renee continues the discussion about Kentucky prison reform recently highlighted on the PBS Frontline program "Prison State." Her guests are: Mark Bolton, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections; Sheila Schuster, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and mental health advocate; and Ray Larson, Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney.

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Ted Strader - COPES - S9 E33

Ted Strader, the director of the Council on Prevention and Education: Substances, Inc. (COPES) in Louisville, discusses how partnering agencies with the corrections system can help former inmates with successful re-entry into society.

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Colene Elridge - S9 E34

Renee speaks with human resources professional and life coach Colene Elridge, better known as Coach Colene, owner of Be More Consulting.

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Rape Culture - S9 E35

Renee's guests are Mae Suramek, executive director of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and Rus Funk, executive director of MensWork- Eliminating Violence Against Women.

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Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

Host Renee Shaw speaks with Kentucky lawyer, Betsy Johnson, who once argued a case before the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Then, Renee speaks with Western Kentucky University Political Science professor Saundra Ardrey about the legacy of Justice Ginsburg, the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage, and racial unrest in light of recent police-involved killings of African Americans.

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Mental Health Courts - S9 E36

Kelly Gunning, director of advocacy and public policy, NAMI Lexington (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Public Defender Jon Landon, discuss mental health laws in Kentucky.

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Dr. Timothy M. Houchin - S9 E37

Renee speaks with Lexington psychiatrist Dr. Timothy M. Houchin about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Houchin is a board-certified adult, child/adolescent, and forensic psychiatrist, and the founder and president of 360 Mental Health Services in Lexington.

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Charisse Gillett - Lexington Theological Seminary - S9 E38

Renee speaks with Dr. Charisse Gillett, president of the Lexington Theological Seminary. Dr. Gillett is the first woman and first African-American selected to lead the seminary.

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African Americans and Mental Health - S9 E39

Renee speaks with Sycarah Fisher, associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, and Shambra Mulder, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University.

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Wil James - S9 E40

Renee talks with Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky.

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Dr. Robert Hilgers - S9 E41

Renee speaks with Dr. Robert Hilgers, founder and president of the Global Women's Cancer Alliance (WGCA). The WGCA works to advance women's health, addressing particularly those in need of cancer care in developing countries.

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Judi Jennings - S9 E42

Renee's guest is Judi Jennings, former executive director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, feminist art advocate, and writer.

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Marta Miranda - S9 E43

Renee speaks with Marta Miranda, chief empowerment officer of the Center for Women and Families in Louisville.

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SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence - S9 E44

Lexington moms LaTosha Reynolds and Tonya Lindsey talk about losing their sons to gun violence and how the group they founded, SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence, is working to keep youth safe.

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Frontier Nursing University - S9 E45

Drs. Susan Stone and Julie Marfell of Frontier Nursing University discuss the institution's 75-year legacy as the longest continually-operating and largest midwifery program in the nation.

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Tanya Torp and Holly Houston - S9 E46

Community Activist Tanya Torp, program director for Step by Step, a mentoring ministry for at risk single mothers, and Holly Houston, a family court lawyer and co-founder of GLOW - Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, discuss social justice, youth empowerment, leadership development, and girl power.

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Chris Rabb - S10 E1

Chris Rabb, author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, explores how behind-the-scenes factors - human, cultural, and social capital - affect whether a business will be successful.

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Betty Baye - S9 E1

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Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health and Wellness - S13 E43

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Tiffany Manuel - Affordable Housing - S13 E42

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Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy - S13 E35

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Criminal Justice Reform - Cherise Fanno Burdeen - S13 E34

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Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

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Dr. Donna Grigsby - S13 E28

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Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks - S13 E25

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Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard - S13 E24

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - S13 E23

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Educational Innovation - S13 E21

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Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

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The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

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Season 14 Episodes

The 'I Was Here' Project

S14 E36 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 8.4.19

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

S14 E35 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 7.28.19

Filmmaker Lynn Novick

S14 E33 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 7.14.19

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

S14 E32 Length 27:37 Premiere Date 7.7.19

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

S14 E31 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 6.2.19

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

S14 E29 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 5.19.19

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

S14 E28 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 5.12.19

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

S14 E27 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 5.5.19

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

S14 E25 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.21.19

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

S14 E24 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.14.19

Author and Life Coach Colene Elridge

S14 E23 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 4.7.19

FIRST STEP Act - Criminal Justice Reform

S14 E22 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 3.31.19

Cheryl A. Oldham

S14 E21 Length 26:38 Premiere Date 2.22.19

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

S14 E20 Length 29:47 Premiere Date 2.15.19

Donald Mason

S14 E19 Length 26:34 Premiere Date 2.8.19

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 2.1.19

Seamus Carey

S14 E17 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 1.25.19

Michael Benson

S14 E16 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 1.18.19

Dr. Aaron Thompson

S14 E14 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 1.11.19

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 12.14.18

Youth Suicide

S14 E12 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 12.7.18

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

S14 E11 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11.16.18

M. Christopher Brown II

S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11.9.18

Frank Harris

S14 E9 Length 25:17 Premiere Date 11.2.18

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

S14 E8 Length 29:16 Premiere Date 10.26.18

Amy McGrath

S14 E7 Length 29:02 Premiere Date 10.19.18

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

S14 E6 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 10.12.18

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

S14 E5 Length 26:03 Premiere Date 10.5.18

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

S14 E4 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 9.28.18

WKU President Timothy Caboni

S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere Date 9.21.18

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

S14 E1 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 9.14.18

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