Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee Minutes – March 31, 2021

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence and succeed in reaching their potential.

Preschool Initiative Mission: To strengthen, support and empower children and families through
access to quality community services for preschool education for 4-year olds.

Facilitator: Kim Burrack
Secretary: Kim Burrack

The Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee (PIOC) met on Wednesday, March 28, 2021 via Zoom
meeting. Copies of the Agenda and Minutes from the February 3, 2020 meeting were emailed before the meeting.

Committee Members Present: Kerri Hall, Erika Fuentes, Brenda Jenkins, Brian Burnight, Danielle
Washburn, and Rachael Ostermyer.

Guests / Visitors: Jenny Petty

  • Kim Burrack shared the IGDI math and literacy screenings was completed for the winter period on February 12 for all preschool students who are 4 years old. In the fall program wide, preschool had 7.37% of students passing 3 or more of the 4 IGDI math sub-screenings and 18.69% of students passing 3 or more of the 5 literacy math sub-screenings this fall. The committee again discussed the difference in percentage from math to literacy was due to students exposure to literacy content in September and October due to the later screening timeframe. In the winter program wide, preschool had 22% of students passing 3 or more of the 4 IGDI math sub-screenings and 24% of students passing 3 or more of the 5 literacy math sub-screenings this winter. That was an increase of 15% in math from fall to winter and 6% in literacy from fall to winter. Kim reminded the committee the IGDI literacy screening was completed in November so the timeframe from fall to winter was shorter for the between the literacy screening from fall to winter. Brenda Jenkins shared the AEA is learning more about the Science of Reading and more training will be offered in the future relate to this.
  • Kim Burrack shared the Sioux City Foundation is looking at writing a grant on behave of the Sioux City Preschool Initiative to help fund student slots that will be lost next year due to low enrollment this year. On October 1, Preschool Initiative counted 618 students. That was down 121 from last school year. Community partners shared the DHS requirement to limit students to nine per classroom due to social distancing in September and families’ fear of COVID spread contributed to the low enrollment on October 1. The committee discussed using District ESSER 3 funds to support preschool programs who experienced low enrollment due to COVID. Committee members expressed the concern that if there are no funds to supplement preschool next year, programs will not have enough funding to participate in the Sioux City Preschool Initiative and there will be limited spots available for students to attend preschool in 2021-22.