Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee Minutes – December 8, 2021

Our 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, December 8, 2021 via Zoom meeting. Copies of the agenda and minutes from the October 27, 2021 meeting were emailed before the meeting.

Committee Members Present: Kerri Hall, Erika Fuentes, Brian Burnight, Mikey Nelson, and Rachael Ostermyer.

Guests / Visitors: None

Discussion Items

Kim Burrack shared community partners’ concern about lack of funding. Many programs increased their enrollment from the 2020-21 and do not have the funds to support this year’s enrollment with funding a year behind. Committee members shared grant opportunities available to licensed childcare centers. Kim also shared community partners concern over lack of early childhood certified teachers. They are not able to partner with us without having a properly endorse Iowa certified teacher.

Kim Burrack shared a comparison of fall IGDI math and literacy screenings data between Northwest AEA as a whole and Sioux City Preschool Initiative. Northwest AEA fall literacy data for 3 out of the 4 sub-screenings was 1-4 percent higher than Sioux City Preschool Initiative. One sub-screening, Picture Naming, Sioux City Preschool Initiative was 3 percent higher than Northwest AEA. Fall math data was similar between Northwest AEA and Sioux City Preschool Initiative because Sioux City made up most of the students screening in Northwest AEA for math.

Minutes from the October 27, 2021 Meeting

Kerri Hall motioned to approve the minutes of the October 27, 2021 meeting.

Mikey Nelson seconds the motion.

Motion carried: 5 yes 0 no

The next meeting of the Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee will be Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.