What qualifies a child for Sixpence?
Infants and toddlers (birth to age three) will be considered if they demonstrate at least one of the following risk factors:
- Children (birth to age three) whose family income would qualify them for participation in the federal free or reduced lunch program;
- Children (birth to age three) who were born prematurely or at low birth weight as verified by a physician; low birth weight (5.5 pounds) or prematurity (less than 37 weeks)
- Children (birth to age three) who reside in a home where a language other than spoken English is used as the primary means of communication;
- Children (birth to age three) whose parents are younger than twenty at the time of enrollment or who have not completed high school.
What requirements must a program meet for Sixpence?
Programs are required to have a weighted application that gives preference to our youngest and most at-risk children. Programs are prohibited from enrolling three-year-old children. Research has indicated that the longer the child can be in a Sixpence Program, the better the child's outcomes. Programs should try to serve each Sixpence child for a minimum of eighteen months.
How should a program begin the enrollment process?
When first enrolling a family, go to the Sixpence Evaluation website: Please access Sixpence Evaluation Guidebook and Step by Step Collection Guide and input all demographic intake information, including family and child information for each family.
What should I do when first enrolling a family?
When you first enroll a new family, your families will need to sign the Authorization for Sharing Information Form. Please fax or e-mail a copy of the form to the Munroe Meyer Institute's evaluation team, UNMC, as soon as possible. Fax (402-559-5850) or e-mail to Lisa Alvarez. Keep a copy of the form for your program records. You do not need to upload any enrollment or authorization forms to the Sixpence Website.
You should also:
Always maintain accurate information about each family and child.
update the website as necessary.
Make sure you check all risk factors that apply to the family.
Enroll the family right after the initial visit.
If a family drops from the program, exit them as soon as possible.