Now available from the Center for Community Futures:
An Open Letter to Community Action:
Today, October 25, 2016, is the second anniversary of the passing of Community Action hero and legend, Charles Braithwait, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’96. As many of you know, Charles and I traveled around the country for many years to present a living history of Community Action that covered every administration beginning with President John F. Kennedy, and included Charles’ successful suit against President Richard M. Nixon which saved Community Action in 1973.
Our last live presentation with audience was in Barbourville, Kentucky, December 16, 2011. Travel that trip was very difficult for Charles, so after consideration and planning, we filmed the presentation at Charles and Sandra’s home in rural Lowry City, Missouri, September 15-16, 2012.
To paraphrase a favorite historian, Allan Nevins: Seated at a roaring loom for over fifty years, time has woven a seamless garment of Community Action, but that garment is invisible and intangible except where the dyes of history fall upon it to preserve it forever for generations to come.
I hope the Braithwait & McCann Living History being released in his memory on YouTube today will preserve forever Charles Braithwait’s magnificent passion for Community Action and his substantial meaningful contributions over fifty years.
All the best, Charles H. McCann, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’08
John Johnston's paper: “LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”
A NEW MODEL / GUIDEBOOK,
Revised July 21, 2016
Jim Masters and Allen Stansbury are facilitating this Learning Community. The latest draft of the “White Paper on Strategies Recommended to Reduce Poverty and Enhance Economic Security” and the latest workshop PPTs are available here https://lcrcweb.com/resources
Webinars for September 28 and November 30, 2016, and for February 28, 2017 and April 13, 2017 are listed here: https://lcrcweb.com/upcoming-events
AND recordings from previous webinars in 2014 and 2015 are here: http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123
AND, recordings from previous webinars on March 30, June 29, July 28 (all 2016) are also in this same section.
For Local Head Start Programs
On September 6, 2016 the Head Start Program Performance Standards were published in the Federal Register, which include 1,306 requirements for Head Start programs.
How will your program develop policies and procedures that meet all of these requirements? Use Policies On Your Drive 2017.
This 686-page Microsoft Word Policies and Procedures Manual:
- has 440 draft policies and procedures
- is organized by the structure of the Head Start Program Performance Standards
- references the regulations related to the policies
- is useful for both Grantee and program level operations
- is available in electronic format
- was developed by word-smithing, policy writing, project management experts
- makes it easier to formulate, locate, modify, and manage policies and procedures for your Head Start/Early Head Start program.
Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Fisherman's Wharf Hotel in San Francisco.
Family Development and Case Management Training for Head Start Management based entirely on the new Parent, Family Community Engagement (PFCE) framework, and on the goals and Relationship Based Competencies (RBCs) listed in the appendix to ACF-IM-HS-12-05. We cover the RBCs for Supervisors using the latest in social work theory and practice.
Click here for information regarding the Summer Institutes for Head Start.
Development and Case Management ONSITE TRAINING
The Center for Community Futures offers Wage and Benefits Comparability Study services for Head Start programs and CAAs.
Before your program undergoes either the HSKI-Compliant Federal Review or the Differential Monitoring Federal Review, make sure you get Review Ready! 2016 to help you and your staff get ready. We offer four versions: hardcopy or electronic file for HSKI-Compliant review, and hardcopy or electronic file for Differential Monitoring review.
Review Ready! 2016 includes the key performance indicators, compliance measures, targeted questions, assessment critiria, quality measures, etc. from the monitoring review tool along with the spelled-out regulations from the Federal Regulations, Performance Standards, and Head Start Act. There are spaces in the workbooks and spreadsheets for your program to note status on each requirement and notes about policies, Governing Body, PC, corrective action, person/s responsible, and target dates. This is an extremely useful and cleverly designed tool that your program will benefit from using.
The Salary and Benefits
Survey Report of Local Head Start Programs 2015 is now available. Survey participants received a discount on the price of the Report. Non-participants can ask about ordering the Report by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also information on getting Individualized Comparisons.
And Procedures Analysis and Updating Process (PAPA-UP)
for Head Start Programs. We can
help make your program’s policies and
procedures complete, thorough, and
up-to-date. Click this link for our proposal in PDF format.
for local Head Start programs. Use our services
to help conduct a parent evaluation of the quality of your Head
Community Assessment: A How-To
Guide for Local Head Start Programs. A
real-life example of a Community
Assessment and a workbook
describing methods for you to use to
produce the exact data you need for your
Community Assessment to meet Head Start
standards. By Elizabeth W.
Morris, Ph.D. Updated in March, 2011.
Services: Proposal. We can
help you with your program's community
assessment. Call Jim Masters at
510-459-7570 for info.
One example of a large-scale community assessment: Santa Clara County: Please click this link for
Strategic Planning Seminars for Head Start programs at your site by the Center for Community Futures
A NEW 21st CENTURY MODEL
The Center for Community Futures has collaborated with John Johnston for decades. John was a CAA Director and a State Economic Opportunity Office Director. He has done consulting work for CAAs in 45 states. Recently, John led an effort to rebuild the bankrupt Public Housing Authority in Topeka, Kansas that had half-empty, run-down, drug and crime ridden complexes.
The starting point for this work was R. Buckminster Fuller’s observation.
“You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
In 2010 instead of continuing to use 20th Century anti-poverty, community development, community involvement, and child development strategies--the Topeka Housing Authority (THA), the Greater Topeka United Way, and the Topeka School District set out to create a 21st Century model that would TRANSFORM a neighborhood. The core of this area was THA’s Pine Ridge complex. In those 207 units, the average household income was less than $10,000.
By 2013 this TRANSFORMATION was well underway. In October of that year for the first time in decades the families decorated their units for Halloween and their kids went trick or treating. When a resident who had lived in Pine Ridge 15 years earlier heard this his response was straightforward: “If we’d done that--we’d have been shot.” In a survey done in September of 2015 the two words residents used most often to describe Pine Ridge were “safe” and “quiet.” No one would have characterized Pine Ridge this way even five years earlier.
We asked John to produce a step-by-step Guidebook with urban and rural components to help you replicate this work, and he has done so. It is available HERE in .docx format.
If you want to learn more about how to make this TRANSFORMATION approach work in your community, we can arrange a workshop for your State Association meeting, or at your CAA. E-mail me at email@example.com To ask John questions directly, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Masters has published a Kindle book: Musings and Rants of an Old White Guy
Teresa Wickstrom has published a Kindle book: My Friend Tom: A Journal of God-Given Friendship
in a pot
The blog is located at http://declineofusmiddleclass.blogspot.com/
Links and files related to this blog are available at http://www.cencomfut.com/Blog.htm
Now includes links to weekly postings!
For Community Action Agencies:
How to Develop Community Leadership Workbook 6th Edition (.doc)
This page has links for
CAA Participant Survey System,
CAA Salary Survey Report 2014,
Executive Oversight System,
Monitoring for Change,
Program Evaluation, Disaster Relief, and more.
Manuals prepared for NACAA on OCS Contracts
(THe NACAA Manuals page also includes Disaster Relief publication)
ROMA: Results Oriented Management and
Accountability workbook free download!
Monitoring for Change publication outlines some basic principles of monitoring, looks at the monitoring report
from the perspective of the monitor and the monitoree, and identifies processes which
should ensure that proper results are obtained from monitoring.
Click the CSBG button to access Reports from the CSBG National Reporting System 1982–1986. These are the earliest reports from the National Voluntary Reporting System (NVRS) and CSBG Information System (CSBG-IS).
The CSBG page also includes information re:
* The OCS Project to Develop a 21st Century Model to End Poverty
* National Conversation on Poverty and Economic Security (NCPES)
Perceptions of Quality and Results
for Community Action Agencies signup info in PDF
Community Action Agency Salary and Benefits Survey 2014
Strategic Planning Retreat for CAAs for 2016
1. Download the FREE Profit Making for Nonprofits Manual and Toolkit, in Word or PDF format
2. Download the FREE file on Business Development Process for Nonprofits (.doc)
3. Hire Jim to help you develop your profit-making activity.
Eighteen Principles for Effective Leadership
How to Start and Run a Local Currency Program
CAA Board Members
Toolkit Developed for Cal/Neva on an OCS contract.
Click on the links below to access the Opiniion Papers and Book Reviews by Jim Masters in Microsoft Word format. (Right-click and select "Save Target As..." to download the file. If your system asks for a
password, click on the Cancel button.)
- Plusses and Issues
on automating most or all of the application process for
transfer payments including LIHEAP, Food Stamps, SSI, TANF, etc. (Both Texas and California are working on this approach
for TANF). By Jim Masters, updated August 17, 2005.
- Let's Get More
Clear about Managing the Amount of Social Control. By
Jim Masters, September, 2004.
Comparing the War on Poverty with Welfare Reform Won’t Work.
By Jim Masters, updated August 16, 2005.
- Rebuilding the Program
Development Function: Stop "Waiting for Godot!" By Jim
Masters, April 13, 2005.
to Guarantee Pensions for Poor People – Just Like the Private
Sector Does It. By Jim Masters, September, 2005
Reform? We're Still Waiting! By Jim Masters, August
- Why Some Historic Anti Poverty Strategies No Longer Work.
By Jim Masters, August 2005.
and Measuring Poverty:
Challenges and Opportunities. By Jim Masters and Teresa Wickstrom, July 21, 2004.
Symbiotic Relationships. By Jim Masters, February 2005.
- Want to Get People out of Poverty? Replace
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Masters
Circles of Strength. July, 2004.
- The Current
Era. Where America is today. February 27, 2004.
- Eliminate the Use of Obsolete
Terms. Stop calling them clients! January 20, 2016.
- Community action is a combination of a social movement, a strategy, an administrative structure and a profession, December 14, 2015.
- Social Values
and Public Policy: From Opportunities to Rights and Back to
Opportunities (.htm) January 26, 2005
- Outcomes for Head Start as Related to ROMA Goals. October, 2004.
Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in
Twentieth-Century U.S. History by Alice O’ Conner. Book review by Jim Masters, January, 2005.
Intake Forms and Other Efforts at Service Coordination and
Integration by Jim Masters, Sept
Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. April, 2004.
Services Futures: A Strategic Visionby Jim Masters.
- Background Information About Work and Income by Jim
- What is Work?
What Can Nonprofits Do? By Jim Masters
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship, By Peter Drucker. 1985
Harper and Row.
- Years of Poverty, Years
of Plenty: The Changing Economic Fortunes of American Workers
and Families, University of Michigan, 1984, Greg J.
Duncan. $14.50 in paperback.
Capitalist Revolution, by Peter L. Berger, Basic
Books, Inc., Publishers, 1986. Excerpts from pages 58-68.
- An Overview of
Continuous Quality Improvement by John Johnston and Jim
Masters. February, 2003.
- APHSA American Public
Human Services Association: Reflections of 75 Years of
Excellence in Public Human Services, interviews with
Barbara Blum and Jule Sugarman by Jim Masters. March 2005.
Your Meeting Planning to Help Keep Your Field Vibrant and
Growing, November 2004, by Jim Masters.
- Return to Original
Mission: The Self-Sufficiency Imperative for Community Action
Agencies, written by Karl S. Pnazek, CAA Director at CAP
Services in Wisconsin. January 2006.
- When There Is a LOT of New Money, by Jim
- Smart Spending: CSBG Stimulus Money, by Jim
- ROMA: Results Oriented Management and Accountability
Antipoverty Strategies Needed April 2004.
Workbook: Peeling the Onion (.doc) January 2000.
* What CAP Needs to Do Now (A Conversation) between Jim Masters, John Buckstead and Bob Clark.
- Next Phase: New Anti-Poverty Strategies
Needed by Jim Masters.
- Evolution of Antipoverty Strategy in 27 transitions,
February 2004 (.doc)
- See Jim Master's Letter to the Editor published in the San Francisco Chronicle 3/1/2013, "Head Start fosters learning
- High Impact Strategies (.pdf)
- 2016 Description How Economy Now Works and What it Means for Your CAA (.doc)
- Large Scale Planning Needed (.docx)
- Social Values and Public Policy (.doc)
in PDF format, some in .doc/x
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