CHILD DEVELOPMENT REPORT For The 2022-2023 School Year

From the Director of Child Development

Picture of Linda Harris Beard, the Director of Child Development
Linda Harris-Beard
Director of Child Development


Development and learning take place within a rich tapestry of social and cultural contexts.  These include families, cultures, languages, and communities. Here at the Institute of Community Services, we strive continuously to strengthen child and family relationships and outcomes.  We understand how important it is for families to be engaged with their children.  We include parents in every facet of learning.  Our teachers provide enrollees with a safe, nurturing, responsive environment that invites learning.

Classrooms are set up to meet their needs with appropriate furnishings and materials.  The space is modified If there are special physical needs.  We provide opportunities for mental, physical, social-emotional and cognitive growth.  This is done through creative experiences and play. We use research-validated curriculums - - Learn Every Day, Mississippi Beginnings, and OWL.  All of these curriculums are thematic-based, require critical thinking, and help children learn first-hand about the world we live in. Children are engaged and eager learners from birth.  Our teachers build on children’s readiness and assessment data, and parental input to implement intentional, effective learning environments and educational experiences that lead to stronger child outcomes and school readiness.

We are also helping our children to become social-emotional competent through creating a compassionate school-family culture which motivates adults and children’s willingness to engage in healthy relationships.  Our response to conflict and upgrading social-emotional skills boosts adult and children’s ability to adapt to changing situation and promotes resiliency.

We also use research-based assessments LAP-BK, Brigance, STAR and children portfolios. Data from these sources, and parental input, help us provide strategies, interventions and support to help children to be ready for school and beyond.


2023 -2024 COLLABORATIVES 10042023

We are involved in collaborative relationships with other ELCs and organizations that provide similar services to young children and their families.  Our combined efforts provide opportunities that each of us alone could not provide.


Alignment of ICS School Readiness Goals with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF) & Achievement Utilizing the Learning Accomplishment Profile-3 (LAP-BK)

Reduced-LAP BK CHARTS FOR 2022-2023 ANNUAL REPORTS-Benton-Engllish

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5630 Pre-K CLASS Average Score Charts


CLASS Pre-K® Domains and Dimensions:

Emotional Support ES)

  • Positive
  • Negative Climate
  • Teacher Sensitivity
  • Regard for Student Perspectives

Classroom Organization (CO)

  • Behavior Management
  • Productivity
  • Instructional Learning Formats

Instructional Support (IS)

  • Concept Development
  • Quality of Feedback
  • Language Modeling

Learn more about the CLASS assessment tool and its use in Head Start classrooms.


FAMILY SERVICES & ERSEA REPORT for the 2022-2023 School Year

Total Funded Enrollment 160

Total Number of Children Served  139

Total Number of Families Served 124

Year's Total Wait-List Numbers 25

Age Eligible Wait-List Children Not Served 14%

Average Monthly Enrollment (ADA) as Percentage of Enrollment 80.09%


  • Percentage of Age Eligible Children Served 100%
  • Percentage of Income Eligible Pre-School Children 91%

A Snapshot View of our Head Start Families



Hispanic or Latino = 0%

Non-Hispanic/Non-Latino = 100%


English 99%

Spanish 0%

Mid-Eastern/South Asian European & Vietnamese 1%



African American  83%

Caucasian 11%

Biracial/Multi-racial 5%

Asian 1%

American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Other Category (Yemen/Middle East, Hispanic) 2%


Single Parent Families 81 (65%)

Two Parent Families 43 (35%)

TANF Families 2%

SSI Families 4%

Income Above the poverty guideline 0%

Income Below the poverty guideline 100%

Families receive WIC 41%

Families receive SNAP 39%


0 Children experiencing homelessness

2 Children in Foster Care

9 Children with disabilities including

types of disabilities and relevant services and

resources provided by community agencies.



Benton County Health Services Data 2022-2023


Physical Exams

Of the enrolled 139 children enrolled:

100% received Medical Examinations

During the year, 139 Physical Exam were completed, 5 children had concerns and 4 children received treatment.

Chronic Health Conditions

Less than 1% of the children who had chronic health condition and showed a need for medical treatment.

Seizures: 2 children <1%

Hearing Problems: 1 child <1%

Vision Problems: 1 child <1%


Dental Exams

Of the enrolled 139 children enrolled:

100% received Dental Examinations.

During the year, 139 Dental Exams were completed, 17 (12%) children needed dental treatment and 17 (12%) children received dental treatment.



100% of the children were up-to-date on immunization.


Health Insurance

97% of children had Health Insurance both at the beginning and end of enrollment.  Less than 3% of the children were without health insurance at the end of the school year.

83% of the children had Medicaid/CHIP at the beginning of the school year.  At the end of enrollment, it was 85%, a slight increase.

12% of children had private health insurance at the beginning and at the end of enrollment.

100% of the children/families had Medical Homes when staff began working with them (at enrollment using CDC precautions).


NUTRITION - Total Meals Served - 2022-2023





Benton-Disability Data Report 2022-23


Parent Engagement strives to improve family well-being by building positive interactions with communities, children, and families. Parents' active participation is crucial to our Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

Parents are the core of Head Start. Parents have many significant chances to participate in program policies, decision-making, and leadership development. ICS builds strong, goal-oriented relationships with families aimed at providing them the resources they need to advocate for their own education and well-being and their children's success throughout life.

Parents are encouraged to participate in local and state activities that help their children thrive. ICS recognizes parents as their child's first teacher. Our researched parent curriculum Systematic Training for Effective Parents Under Six (STEP) and Nurturing Father Program promotes school and home parental involvement. Research shows that children do better when they are interested in learning and well-being beyond the classroom. In response, we provide parent workshops, training, Policy Council meetings, bi-monthly meetings, parent volunteer opportunities, financial literacy, and other events.

Fatherhood and Male Involvement

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• 3 Father-Headed, Single Parent families and
• 43 Two-Parent Different sex families for a total of 46.



124 Families


43 Two-Parent Families


81 Single-Parent Families

Parent Education

Highest level of education obtained by child’s parent(s) or guardian (s):


Parent Listed As In School Or Training

118 parents in Benton County participated in parenting education sessions

107 (87%) of parents participated in the STEP Parent Path program.

0% parent completed a grade level in high school during the program year.

0% of the families did participate in some type of job training and

1% were involved in adult education such as GED or other classes.

1% were in English as Second Language training

8% of families were in marriage education.

62% of families participated in Asset Building or Financial Literacy classes



One parent family - 72%

Two parent families - 71%

*% having at least one parent employed



Of the agency volunteers for the program year in the Benton County Program, over 115 were current or former Head Start parents. This was 93% of the entire number of volunteers.




The Institute of Community Services, Inc. financial statement was prepared by ICS Fiscal staff and audited by an independent accounting firm. The financial statement present fairly in all material respects the financial positions of the Institute of Community Services, Inc. as of January 31, 2023.

The annual audit was conducted in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and as required by Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Part 200.

The statement of financial positions, activities, functional expenses, and cash flows are all an integral part of these financial statements.

Frances Reola Young
Chief Financial Officer

Head Start Program

Benton County

January 31, 2023 Expenses


Proposed Budget January 31, 2024


Total Grant Award $4,032,207


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