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What is known today as Texas Neighborhood Services began with promise of delivering services in Palo Pinto County that eventually expanded into a commitment for 50 years to help break the cycle of poverty. Here is where our story starts.
In 1965, Texas Neighborhood Services (TNS), known as, Palo Pinto Community Service Corporation was established in Palo Pinto County to provide comprehensive services to economically disadvantaged individuals, families and the elderly, equalizing inequality in social or economic conditions.
A key belief of the TNS was to be culturally responsive to serving the communities of Palo Pinto County, and that the communities (representatives of the economically disadvantaged, elected officials from the public sector, and business leaders from the private sector) have an investment in its success.
We implemented initiatives that were designed to break the cycle of poverty. Programs that met the needs preschool children’s of economically disadvantaged families, equipped residents become financially independent, reducing and eliminating their reliance on social services. Palo Pinto County
The 21st Century
On March 20, 2000, Palo Pinto Community Service Corporation, name was amended to read as: Texas Neighborhood Services in order to deepen our reach with the audience we served and to also expand our reach to serve others with services that are greatly needed and in high demand.
Since our beginnings, many things have changed our name, including our growth, from one county to nine counties. However, one thing remains the same: the promise we made in 1965, and will continue to keep for generations forthcoming.
This promise was demonstrated in many ways throughout the TNS history:
- TNS for 50 years, improved school readiness among young children from low income families by enhancing their social, emotional and intellectual growth by providing critical educational, health, nutritional, and social services.
- TNS delivered a high quality and comprehensive Head Start program that includes:
- reflective supervision and practices,
- research-based practices,
- emphasis on social-emotional development, language and literacy, and the arts,
- staffing teacher qualifications and intensive professional development
- small child to adult ratios
- individualized family support services, and
- an interdisciplinary approach.
- TNS ensured the provision of medical, dental and mental health assessments and services for children of economically disadvantaged families enrolled in HS/EHS, including vigilance tracking of health outcomes, cultural competence, accountability (sharing results), and engagement with parents and community collaborations.
- TNS is successful in ensuring children of economically disadvantaged families enrolled in HS/EHS were given regular screenings and assessments of vision, hearing, nutrition and health, including, identified concerns early and linked children to additional evaluation and services; in addition to, having a medical and dental home for receiving well-child care and treatment.
- TNS helped more than 500 homeless preschool children by offering a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs that live at local emergency shelters.
- TNS is successful in engaging and supporting parents in enhancing the parent/child relationship, providing parents with information about their child’s growth and development.
- TNS is effective in encouraging parents’ involvement and advocacy in their child’s education and school.
- TNS is successful in staffing Family Advocates to providing manageable family support.
- TNS is effective in collaborating with community partners to improve the well-being of children enrolled in HS/EHS with education, health, and social service providers, to ensure they receive greatly needed services.
- TNS employs competent leadership and staff:
- Executive Director, has demonstrated success in leading a complex system of service delivery to children, families and individuals, and has communication skills that allow him to communicate effectively with others, including parents, policy makers and community representatives, furthermore, the Executive Director is proficient in budgeting and finance, strategy and planning, evaluations and assessments.
- Executive Director and all staff hired embrace and carries out the mission and vision that is developed by the Board of Directors, have the knowledge and skills to ensure that children and families receive appropriate services.
- TNS is govern and administered with an established and effective Governance and Administration structure:
- Board of Directors (Governing Body) comprised of elected officials from the public sector, and business leaders from the private sector with experience in organizational leadership and oversight.
- Policy council is comprised of parents of children enrolled in Head Start and community representatives serving as a link to the Parent Committees, and encouraging parent’s participation in the program.
- TNS achieved exemplary status for fiscal/administrative maintains independence in order to assure objective oversight, assessment, and auditing of the Head Start services delivered to children and families.
- TNS is effective in facilities management; ensuring facilities for young children meet local, state and federal guidelines for safety and healthy development.
- TNS is exemplary in demonstrating accountability to the children, families, and individuals we serve, community partners, funders and the public through a variety of methods.
- Provided a comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Crisis Services - designed to energy education, including other sufficiency programs.
While TNS’ has a rich history, the present may be the most exciting time ever at TNS. We are expanding to meet the ever growing needs of low-income children and families.
In order to work toward keeping our promise, reaching out to the communities has become more important than ever for TNS.
TNS has accomplished so much and yet in many ways we've only just begun the journey of keeping our promise which is to help break the cycle of poverty.
TNS measure success by the improved lives of individual, families and communities in the areas we serve. That is why our TNS continues to work collaboratively with community partners to address identified needs in our counties we serve Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, and Wise .