Highland Rim Economic Corporation Head Start
3215 Highway 149
Erin TN 37061
Mission Statement
Our mission statement is to coordinate resources to empower and inspire people to reach their full potential. In the Head Start program, we are able to reach over 230 children and their families.  The resources we provide and help with range from school readiness, health to include dental and mental, vision and hearing. With our professional resources and staff we are able to bring training to parents on parenting, education for them as well as their child, financial matters, legal issues, health/disabilities, and nutrition as well as help them in times of crisis with food, housing and bills.  With community relationships we are able to help parents and children build a better life and empower themselves.  In conjunction with the Highland Rim Economic Corporation, a Community Action Agency, we have many valuable resources that can help a family get a helping hand to make a better lives for themselves.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jill Ortago
Board Chair Mr Ken Douglas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Representative
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1966
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $2,020,610.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,020,610.00 (2016)
Statements
Mission
Our mission statement is to coordinate resources to empower and inspire people to reach their full potential. In the Head Start program, we are able to reach over 230 children and their families.  The resources we provide and help with range from school readiness, health to include dental and mental, vision and hearing. With our professional resources and staff we are able to bring training to parents on parenting, education for them as well as their child, financial matters, legal issues, health/disabilities, and nutrition as well as help them in times of crisis with food, housing and bills.  With community relationships we are able to help parents and children build a better life and empower themselves.  In conjunction with the Highland Rim Economic Corporation, a Community Action Agency, we have many valuable resources that can help a family get a helping hand to make a better lives for themselves.
Background Since 1968,  Highland Rim Economic Corporation has administered the Head Start Program.  Over the years the program has been able to grow to where now we serve over 250 children and their families each and every year.  Highland Rim Head Start serves the children and families in Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties. Head Start is a federally funded program designed to prepare the children of low-income families to enter public school on an even par socially, educationally, and health wise with their more affluent peers. This allows them to have a successful first experience with the educational system and improves their chances for obtaining a high school diploma and becoming productive citizens. Families are also provided training in parenting skills, health, and nutrition. In addition, they are advised on ways of improving their economic situation and becoming more self-sufficient.
Impact
Accomplishments:
1.  Our program continued to implement the I am moving/I am Learning program in all classrooms.  This program educates children and families the value of moving and choosing healthy foods to help combat childhood obesity.  Our focus is helping the whole family learn how to be proactive and take control of your own health.
2.  Updated our School Readiness Goals/Plan which intertwines with the State TNELDS and local school district goals to better prepare our preschoolers for kindergarten and the public school transition.  We will continue to work for higher outcomes and implement more activities in the STEM program.  We involve families with the goal in mind that education can be fun for everyone involved.  We set the child up for an exciting lifetime of learning.
3.  We were successful in partnering and working with Tennessee Voices for Children for staff professional development, with children who have various behavioral/learning issues and parents who need and accept parenting training. 
Goals for the coming year:
1.  Utilizing our School Readiness Plan we will monitor every child's outcomes.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mather) are areas of emphasis in our education program to continue to raise these scores. We will be looking for more funds to keep these activities stimulating, fresh and new.
2.  Our goal is to implement an Attendance program and monitor whether or not attendance effects the child's outcomes.  We are a volunteer program where attendance is not mandatory.  However, we are preparing our children and families for kindergarten where attendance counts.  Attendance and School Readiness will also better prepare our children for lifelong learning.  We will have planned activities throughout the year which will reward great attendance.
3.  Our playgrounds need some updating.  We would like to take steps this year to continue to design areas of our playgrounds as "natural" playgrounds.  This would include walking paths, garden areas, musical instruments, art areas, shaded libraries, etc.  The natural playgrounds will enhance the childs opportunities to let their imaginations soar!  So many children now a days do not get the opportunity to "dig in the dirt" so to speak.  Many children, for safety reasons, don't play in the park, backyard or learn how to ride a bike on the street.  Our goal is to offer those opportunities in a more natural setting.  We will be seeking funds to help us transform our playgrounds!
Needs
1.  Add additional dollars to support access to  safe and healthy and nutritious food to families who otherwise have limited access when not at Head Start; especially during the summer months.
2.  The program would love to add transportation services to our rural areas where it is cost prohibitive run buses throughout rural counties. 
5.  Volunteers needed!  Our goal this year is to reach out to the community more to see if we could get a program of volunteers for our four county locations to come in one day or 4 hours a day.  We would love to work with a "Senior" group both males and females who would love to come in and just read or play with our children. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You may donate by going to our website; www.highlandrim.org and clicking on the Giving Matters logo.  You may mail a check to Highland Rim Economic Corporation Head Start, PO Box 208, Erin, Tn. 37061 or we accept in-kind donations of products we use in our classrooms, kitchens and offices.  We love our volunteers and would love to talk to you about helping in our program!  Our volunteers can work in the classroom with the children, cook in our kitchen, strip and wax floors, mow our yards and/or weed our gardens.  There is always an opportunity for someone who wants to share their time with our preschool children!
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Houston
TN - Dickson
TN - Humphreys
TN - Stewart
We serve four rural counties:  Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart in Middle Tennessee.  We recruit income eligible preschool children from all areas of these four counties ages 3 and 4.  The Head Start program specifically fills 10% of it's enrollment with children with disabilities.
CEO Statement
Highland Rim Economic Corporation is a private, non-profit corporation chartered in 1966 as a charitable/educational entity by the state of Tennessee.  Operating in the counties of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart, Highland Rim strives to "coordinate resources to empower and inspire people to reach their full potential". 
 
Highland Rim is priviledged to operate the Head Start Program, the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG), the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Child & Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP), the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EF&S), and other smaller grant programs.  These programs allow the agency to offer a multitude of services to the low income citizens of our service area.  Although not always able to assist financially, we are able to make referrals to other partner agencies.
 
Highland Rim Economic Corporation is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors with representatives from the public, private, and target area sectors of the four (4) county service area.  We have on the Board of Directors County Mayors, City Mayors, Director of Schools, Chamber of Commerce representatives, Lawyers, Certified Public Accountants, Rotary Club representatives, low income representatives and/or individuals who are representating the interests of the low income, etc.  The Board of Directors meets quarterly on the third month of a quarter on the third Thursday of that month.   The meetings are open to the public.
 
Staff work diligently to ensure that those families desiring the services of the agency are treated with dignity and respect.  Customer service is very important, and we seek to treat others as we want to be treated.  As we see more and more families needing assistance, the challenges of the economic conditions of today are more evident. 
 
The children and families in the service area are very important to us.  We want their lives to be better and so we work diligently to provide opportunities for them.  With your assistance we will be able to do even more.  We thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
Programs
Description
This program serves annually, over 230 underserved, income eligible children in Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart County.  We prepare children for their first public school experience, Kindergarten, through our School Readiness preschool program.  Our program's mission is to have parents prepared to engage with their child for a lifetime of learning. 
Budget 1900000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Families, ,
CEO Comments
While we holistically serve the children and their families through this program, the need continues to grow with limited growth in funds.  We have a need to help with emergency funds for transportation, housing needs, groceries etc., while mindfully working to keep the child attending school to be prepared for Kindergarten.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Ken Douglas
Company Affiliation Community Representative
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Johnny Baggett Community volunteerVoting
Paul Bailey Community VolunteerVoting
Patsy Brigham Community volunteerVoting
George Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Kenneth Douglas Community volunteerVoting
Mike Dudley Community volunteerVoting
David Dunlap Community volunteerVoting
Hallie Gerber Represents PoorVoting
Deborah Holloway Represents the poorVoting
Rick Joiner Community VolunteerVoting
Leta Joiner Community volunteerVoting
Kelly Kent Community volunteerVoting
Sheila Parker Early Childhood RepresentativeVoting
Teresa Pirtle Represents the poorVoting
Bob Rial Community volunteerVoting
Seth Rye Community VolunteerVoting
Donald Shirley Represents the PoorVoting
Paula Skelton Community volunteerVoting
Allison Stewart Community VolunteerVoting
Gloria Tidwell Community VolunteerVoting
Gary Vaughn Community volunteerVoting
Jessie Wallace Community VolunteerVoting
Joan Warren Private RepresentativeVoting
Betty Williams Community volunteerVoting
Eileen Wirsig Community volunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Rick Joiner
Company Affiliation Elected Official
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Standing Committees
Audit
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
Executive
Human Resources / Personnel
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Jill Ortago
Term Start Dec 2015
Email jortago@highlandrim.org
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Julia Presson -
Staff
Full Time Staff 56
Part Time Staff 15
Volunteers 100
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 82%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2009
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title Director of Head Start
Experience/Biography
CEO Comments  Due to the economic conditions in our service area, we are faced with many challenges relating to funding.  We are seeing more families in need of basic necessities of life who are challenged with just trying to keep food on the table, their electricity turned on, gasoline for their automobiles to get them to and from work or even to seek employment opportunities, etc.  People who have never asked for  help and who have college degrees but just can’t find a job are now seeking assistance just to be able to stay in their homes.  There are so many children and families who need help but funding sources are drying up just because of the demand.  Churches help all they can but there is only so much that they can do.  Having said all of this, it boils down to funding.  The federal government is reducing almost all the programs that help low income families.   This has caused Highland Rim Economic Corporation to seek alternate sources of funding in order to ensure that the children and families in Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties are served.

 

While funding is a challenge, it has also brought us closer to the communities we serve.  It has provided an opportunity to establish partnerships with other agencies and look farther than our own doorstep to see that someone who needs help gets help.  We annually enter into formal partnership agreements with other agencies in the service area in order to know who we can work with in meeting the needs of the low income.  We are attempting to look outside the box in developing creative programs and services.

 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $2,020,610.00
Projected Expenses $2,020,610.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$3,013,306$3,167,991$3,339,479
Total Expenses$2,964,475$3,217,702$3,346,075
Revenue Less Expenses$48,831($49,711)($6,596)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$3,013,185$3,167,904$3,304,718
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$3,013,185$3,167,904$3,304,718
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
$0$0$0
$0$0$34,633
Investment Income, Net of Losses$121$87$128
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$30,830$0$214,223
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$2,956,684$3,182,011$3,304,178
Administration Expense$7,791$35,691$41,897
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.981.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,487,295$2,515,586$2,520,297
Current Assets$843,297$795,791$712,222
Long-Term Liabilities$451,825$504,100$597,928
Current Liabilities$135,316$160,164$21,336
Total Net Assets$1,900,154$1,851,322$1,901,033
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.234.9733.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets18%20%24%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Unspecified $3,013,185Government Grants $3,167,904Government Grants $3,304,718
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Investment Income $87Program Service Revenue $34,633
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Investment Income $128
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2015
Organization Comments  Due to the economic conditions in our service area, we are faced with many challenges relating to funding.  We are seeing more families in need of basic necessities of life who are challenged with just trying to keep food on the table, their electricity turned on, gasoline for their automobiles to get them to and from work or even to seek employment opportunities, etc.  People who have never asked for  help and who have college degrees but just can’t find a job are now seeking assistance just to be able to stay in their homes.  There are so many children and families who need help but funding sources are drying up just because of the demand.  Churches help all they can but there is only so much that they can do.  Having said all of this, it boils down to funding.  The federal government is reducing almost all the programs that help low income families.   This has caused Highland Rim Economic Corporation to seek alternate sources of funding in order to ensure that the children and families in Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties are served.

 

While funding is a challenge, it has also brought us closer to the communities we serve.  It has provided an opportunity to establish partnerships with other agencies and look farther than our own doorstep to see that someone who needs help gets help.  We annually enter into formal partnership agreements with other agencies in the service area in order to know who we can work with in meeting the needs of the low income.  We are attempting to look outside the box in developing creative programs and services.

GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC.
Comments provided by Joe Pagetta 5/1/14.
Nonprofit Highland Rim Economic Corporation Head Start
Address 3215 Highway 149
Erin, TN 37061
Primary Phone (931) 289-4135
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jill Ortago
Board Chair Mr Ken Douglas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Representative
Year of Incorporation 1966

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