Cowlitz Community Network Board Meeting
Cowlitz County Admin Building Annex | 207 4th Avenue N. Kelso, WA 98626
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 11:30 – 1:00PM
Present by Phone: Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Louise Brown, Corie Dow-Kramer, Laurie Severson, Gabby Meador, Charlie Gourde. Staff: Amber Rosewood
Additions to Agenda
There were no additions to the agenda.
Welcome and Introductions
Michael welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their participation. A call-in number was provided for Board members and guests.
Minutes and Actions
The November 17, 2020 Board meeting minutes were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting. Of the seven action items, four were completed and three were almost complete.
Motion to approve the November 17, 2020 Board meeting minutes as presented (Louise), second (Corie). The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
The December Expense Report and Funds Status Report were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting.
Cowlitz County Purchasing Oct Phone $ 11.54
Cowlitz County Treasurer Jan Payroll Transfer $ 3,000.00
ADP November Payroll $ 2,179.84
ADP November Payroll Fees $ 57.66
Zoom Meeting – 1 month $ 16.20
Red Canoe Savings $ 10.16
Red Canoe Checking $ 3,466.13
Cowlitz County Treasurer $92,456.43
Motion to approve the Expense Report (Louise); second (Corie). The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
Grant Status Reports
Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Financial Literacy Grant $10,000
Financial Literacy Training | Jul 1, 2020 – Jun 30, 2021
Current Request: $692.00 | Remaining Balance: $6,271.00
Financial Literacy funding is for training at-risk youth and financially vulnerable families. Training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing, etc. CCN sends Financial Literacy emails to community partners and families, including lessons for children, and information on budgeting and credit for adults.
CCN is currently finalizing a schedule to offer a 4-part Money Smart virtual series for adults and virtual sessions of Money Smart for youth, in collaboration with community partners and local school districts, to begin in January 2021. Financial Literacy emails will resume after the new year and will contain age specific financial literacy at-home activities.
- : Finalize Financial Literacy training schedule and partners (Amber)
Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Behavioral Health Grant Yr 3 $10,800
Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care | Jul 1, 2019 – Jun 30, 2021
Current Request: $494.00 | Remaining Balance: $ 7,111.00
Behavioral Health funding provides technical assistance and training for childcare providers who serve children with challenging behavioral needs and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges. CCN sends Behavioral Health best practice emails to community partners, child care providers and families.
CCN is currently finalizing a schedule to offer virtual learning opportunities for child care providers and families, to begin in January 2021 to include STARS/CEU eligible Conscious Discipline curriculum.
- : Finalize Behavioral Health training schedule and partners (Amber)
Community Foundation of SW WA Behavioral Health Grant: $25,000
Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care | Awarded Dec 2019
Current Expenditures: $426.00 | Remaining Balance: $11,811.35
The Behavioral Health funding provides technical assistance and training for childcare providers who serve children with behavioral issues and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges. The Network applied for additional funding but was not chosen as a grantee for 2021.
CCN is offering one virtual/scheduled book club and one “on your own” book club using a Private Facebook Group, to begin in January 2021.
- : Prepare book order for board approval (Amber)
- ACTION: Finalize book club schedule and create Private Facebook Group (Amber)
WA Department of Commerce/Seattle Foundation Child Care Partnership Grant $60,000
Child Care Access Report | Awarded Sep 2020
Current Request: $620.00 | Remaining Balance: $58,665.00
This grant was awarded in the amount of $30,000 in reimbursable funds from the Dept of Commerce and $30,000 in upfront funding from the Seattle Foundation. Monthly invoices reflect the split in funding. Child Care Partnership funding CCN supports local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity for underserved areas and for historically marginalized communities. The project funds the supplemental work of the Cowlitz Community Charter as outlined in the 2020 Annual Agenda and Objectives.
CCN met with the Department of Commerce project manager for the Child Care Partnership Grant on Friday, December 11th. Corie and Michael attended the meeting and provided a summary to the board. The Child Care Access Report Work Group is drafting the family survey and the rest of the Work Groups will resume meeting after the new year.
The Draft Bylaws and Draft Policies and Procedures were sent to members for review prior to the meeting. Members discussed document revisions and updates to the Financial Policy. The Board will review the documents further and take action at the January meeting.
- ACTION: Make updates and send drafts to the Board (Amber).
CCN received board member applications from Gabby Meador, Program Specialist for the Family and Community Resource Center at Woodland Public Schools and Charlie Gourde, Executive Director of the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center. The candidates were given time to introduce themselves and welcomed questions.
Motion to appoint Gabby Meador to the CCN Board (Corie); second (Louise). The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
Motion to appoint Charlie Gourde to the CCN Board (Corie); second (Louise). The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
Michael spoke about Suicide Prevention training offered online and in-person by the QPR Institute. Corie provided information about an upcoming perinatal virtual training called New Parenthood in the Time of COVID: Finding resilience and perseverance for our clients and ourselves. Corie will provide registration information so that it can be linked in upcoming behavioral health newsletters.
Board Action Items
Staff Action Items
- Finalize Financial Literacy training schedule and partners
- Finalize Behavioral Health training schedule and partners
- Prepare book order for board approval
- Finalize book club schedule and create Private Facebook Group
- Make Financial Policy updates and send drafts to the Board
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 19, 2020, 11:30am-1pm