Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

Background Checks

POLICY:

NOCAC Head Start/Early Head Start will not employ or continue employment of any person that cannot pass the required background checks.

PROCEDURES:

NOCAC Head Start is committed to providing a safe environment for employees and consumers of services.  NOCAC Head Start is committed to compliance with state and federal laws and funding source regulations regarding background checks on all potential and current employees.

Basic Background Checks will include:

  1. Federal FBI
  2. State BCI
  3. Sex Offender Registry

 

Additional Head Start, Early Childhood Education, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Requirements:

Candidates for employment, employees, volunteers and contractors working in the Head Start, Early Childhood Education and/or ODJFS programs must comply with the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) background check process.

This electronic background check is conducted by ODJFS after they receive the ODJFS form 01175 which has been requested by each individual through the OCCRRA system.  The following data bases are checked:

  1. Federal FBI
  2. State BCI
  3. Sex Offender Registry
  4. Child Abuse and Neglect Registry

 

Anyone subject to the SACWIS system must receive an approved ODJFS form 01176 in order to be employed or continue employment with NOCAC.

 

Forms and Additional Guidance:

ODJFS Form 01175

 

This policy complies with the following

ODJFS Child Care Manual:   5101:2-12-09
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    
Effective Date:    
Effective Date:   8/7/17 Revision Date:    
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    

 

Financial Training Opportunities

NOCAC’s Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) has a variety of opportunities designed to increase the financial competence, confidence, and capacity of clients.

Getting Ahead is an eight week course that uses ‘kitchen table talk’ to explore and overcome the challenges facing limited-income families. Participants ‘investigate’ their own lives to connect to the community and build resources. This course is incentivized. Getting Ahead is open to the public and available in every county NOCAC serves. We are always recruiting! If you’re interested in learning more about how Getting Ahead can help you move forward, contact Tracey Backhaus, Getting Ahead Facilitator at (419) 990-5136 x 3129 or tbackhaus@nocac.org.

Financial Literacy Classes are also available on topics like: budgeting, credit/credit repair, identity theft prevention, and saving for the future. Classes are between 60-90 minutes in length and provide tools, resources, and real world solutions for individuals and families in Northwest Ohio! FEP Financial Literacy Classes are available at a location near you. For more information, contact Amy McMaster, FEP Specialist, at (419) 990-5136 x 3122 or amcmaster@nocac.org.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a six hour workshop that presents a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty on individual and systemic levels. Examining the issue from the perspective of economic class, this workshop provides tools and resources to empower communities to alleviate and prevent poverty. Bridges is open to the public. CEUs are available. For more information or to register contact Dustin Fuller, FEP Coordinator, at (419) 990-5136 x 3114 or dfuller@nocac.org.

 

Pre-School Applications Now Being Accepted

The NOCAC Child Development program is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 Head Start preschool program.

Head Start is a FREE comprehensive program that helps children, ages 3 to 5, from low-income families get ready for school. Our program provides education, health, social and other services to eligible children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.

For more information, please call Isaac at 419-784-5136 ext. 1140.

National Community Action Month

The month of May has been designated Community Action Month in order to recognize the positive impact Community Action agencies provide for their local communities. Together, these agencies work to help thousands of families achieve self-sufficiency.

This month allows Community Action agencies the opportunity to highlight the work that they do to help struggling families reach economic stability. It also provides everyone in the community a first-hand look at poverty that exists in their own neighborhoods.

Community Action Month is a time to honor and celebrate the impact agencies have in making our communities – and our nation – stronger.

Transporting Medication

POLICY:

When a healthcare provider has determined that it is necessary for a child to have emergency medication with them at all times, including on the bus, a family asks NOCAC Head Start staff to transport medicine to or from the Center, NOCAC will comply upon receipt of a completed signed Request for Administration of Medication.

PROCEDURES:

  1. The preferred method of handling medicine is for the parent to bring the medication into the center and give it directly to their child’s teacher.
  2. Drivers and monitors must not carry personal medications with them on the bus.
  3. Only NOCAC staff members trained by the parent or certified professional are permitted to perform medical procedures.
  4. A plan will be determined for the child that requires emergency medication on a case by case basis.
  5. The situation will be discussed with the family, NOCAC staff and content area managers to strategize ways of maintaining the safety of the student in an emergency.
  6. The Health and Safety Manager will contact the child’s healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the medication during the bus ride, and determine if certain medications must be available during the bus ride. The Health and safety Manager will also train and delegate to an appropriate NOCAC staff who will accompany the child.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    5101:2-12-25
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    

 

Effective Date: 8/7/17 Revision Date: 8/7/17
Approved By Policy Council: 8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council: 8/7/17