SOUTHERN IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Southern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA) provides center based Head Start programming, including educational, health, nutrition, social/emotional and parent education services to 284 children and their families in a 7 county area (Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello) in Southern Iowa. All Head Start staff compensation and benefits were increased through both permanent and ARRA cost of living adjustments to improve overall quality of the Head Start program. Quality Improvement Funds Request (ARRA) provided educational and professional development opportunities to education staff, including Teachers, Aides, and Management Staff to work toward meeting professional standards established in the Head Start Act (2007). The funds also supported 50% of Training Coordinator salary to supervise the Professional Development Project and one Floater Teacher and Aide to provide classroom support. The remaining funds were used to support costs to extend the Head Start program year and support increased program operation cost.