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Tuesday, October 15, 2013



Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

Cincinnati, OH

Event Details

Keynote and Q&A by Paul Tough, Author of How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Paul Tough
Why Soft Skills?
Our society currently places a great deal of emphasis on intelligence as the sole indicator of value in children’s education. But in this talk, Paul Tough lays it bare: we believe that success comes from those who score highest on tests, from preschool to SATs. Yet evidence indicates that our story here might be dead wrong. The work of a new generation of researchers and educators points to the fact that the qualities that have a better shot at indicating lifelong success are “non-cognitive” or what we might refer to as “personality traits” such as: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit.

Using the tools of science, Tough peels back the mysteries of character and traces the links between early childhood neurological development and environment. By showing how “nature” and “nurture” are intertwined, Tough explores how childhood stresses modify life success and the surprising ways that parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. Tough helps us understand how early adversity affects childhood emotional, social, and cognitive development in ways that will carry on throughout their entire lives, and what we can do about it.  – Provided by the Lavin Agency
Summit Goals:  Spark community conversation around supporting children’s success in school and life with a particular emphasis on the importance of non-cognitive skills. The Summit will include multiple events targeted to a variety of community stakeholders, including: a public community forum to raise awareness about the importance of non-cognitive skills on children’s development, a presentation for professionals in the relevant fields, and a meeting with the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

Have questions about Understanding Why Children Succeed: The Hidden Power of Character? Contact The Strive Partnership 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013



Kathy Wade, the Who Dey mascott and Mark LaRosa participating in Read for the Record

Corporate executives, educators, entertainers, sports figures and parents turned out to Read for the Record on October 3rd at CAA’s Head Start centers. VIP’s and local celebrities packed into Head Start’s 22 classrooms to read the book Otis, by Loren Long to more than 300 preschoolers. Guest readers included: Mark LaRosa, President and CEO of LaRosa’s restaurants, Jazz great Kathy Wade, Kristi Davis from WLWT-TV, the Cincinnati Bengal's “Who Dey” mascot, Bengals cheerleaders, Lisa Castanello from Teach For America, Lorrie Platt from Horseshoe Casino and Karen Venetian from the Cincinnati Museum Center.

“I had a wonderful time, what a great way to start the day,” said Venetian. Wide-eyed and full of excitement, the children had a wonderful time meeting the guests readers.
Read for the Record, an annual celebration highlighting the need for quality early education by mobilizing adults and children to set a record, took place in schools, libraries, and homes across the country.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the 2012-2013 Head Start Parent Policy Council Officers and members. Your exceptional commitment and leadership was greatly appreciated!  
 L-R Tim  Collier, Penny Worsham, Brandy Tidwell, Kelli Hudson, Debbie White, Harold Wolfe, Sharon Ford, Verline Dotson

Not Pictured: Nicole Mays-Boyd, Melanie Ervin

 Elections for the 2013-2014 Officers will be held the first full week of October. See a Family Service Worker for more information!



Tuesday, October 1, 2013



Head Start is celebrating Read for the Record and releasing its latest literacy scores that show steady growth. Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a Guinness World Record for the largest shared reading experience.

On October 3rd, every Head Start classroom in Hamilton County will read Otis by Loren Long. Several parents and a host of local celebrities will be reading to groups of children and some classrooms will utilize technology by reading the book using an online platform. What we know about literacy and reading is that it starts at birth. Reading aloud to children is one of the most important activities for building language and literacy success and Head Start is seeing the results.

"Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the number of children meeting and exceeding expectations in the area of literacy. This is largely due to families reading more to children and classroom teachers using books as a focal point to shape instruction, said Head Start Director Verline Dotson. "We firmly believe that an intense focus on reading is what has boosted our literacy scores over the past two years, we're seeing tremendous growth," Dotson said. Ninety one percent of children either met or exceeded expectations.


On Saturday, September 28th, about 35 Head Start parents, children & staff, enjoyed a fun day of fishing, playing “Go Fish” card games, and exploring the great outdoors at Turners Fishing Lake, 2200 Pinney Lane in Mt. Healthy. 

Head Start families threw out a line and pulled in memories. The Fish and Chips Outing was not just about fishing; but about time spent with families and friends relaxing together, enjoying the outdoors and learning new skills. Check out the photo’s below!

Happy children + Happy parents = Happy fishing for everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Head Start staff is not only busy teaching in the classrooms, they are also making sure that thousands of Hamilton County preschoolers get health checkups.  Dental exams, hearing, vision and blood pressure screenings and height and weight measurements are all part of each child’s experience. Most of these checks are completed by mid-October.

“We take a holistic approach to every child, we believe that a healthy child is ready to learn,” said Head Start Nutritionist Nikki Underwood. “If we find any concerns we do further evaluations, or assist the family in getting referrals for more services or to make doctor appointments.”

More than 3,000 children will get Head Start health screenings this year. It is one of the many advantages to the program that all parents appreciate. Often these checks save parents a costly trip to the doctor’s office. The hope is that this focus on good health will encourage and empower parents to get these checks for children on their own, but Head Start is there to help regardless.

Head Start is still accepting applications for enrollment. If you know of a family with a preschool-age child who may qualify, urge them to call the Head Start Enrollment line at 569-4510.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


A family partnership agreement is not just a form that you fill out. It is the process through which staff support families in Head Start. Thus, it is an interactive experience that happens over time and can include many different types of interactions. This process is not a one-time event. There are many types of interactions that can be a part of the process, such as:
Helping families identify and reach their goals; identify and use their strengths and resources; and advocate for their children.
Offering opportunities for family members to enhance their skills or build new ones;
Providing access to community resources, and emergency or crisis assistance when needed and supporting any pre-existing family plans.
See Family Service Staff for more information!


Please bring your family out to the Read On! Family Symposium
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Hamilton County Public Library
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
Reading & play groups/ Family activities/ Snacks/Music & More

Thursday, September 5, 2013


The Head Start Parent Committee provides all parents with a broad range of opportunities to participate in the shared decision-making process.
Parent Committee Members:

All parents who have children enrolled in Head Start are automatically members of Center Committee. Parents are to use this time to discuss and give input into educational activities/curriculum planning and menu planning. Parents also use this time to arrange projects and plan activities to help their children and families.

Parent Committee Responsibilities:

As a member of the committee you have the power to:

q  Assist staff in developing and implementing age appropriate activities at your child’s site.

q  Participate in the planning of the menu at your child’s site.

q  Plan, conduct, and participate in informal as well as formal programs and activities for parents and staff.

Parent Committee meetings:
Your parent committee will meet the first full week of every month.  The committee members will determine the day and time of the meeting. 

Childcare and a light meal are also provided for all parent meetings. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


 To ensure parent and families have daily and ongoing opportunities to engage in every aspect of the Head Start program ongoing parent engagement and education opportunities are available throughout the program year. Below are a few examples.

v  Regular, ongoing Interactions with HS Staff: Relationships with parents are the foundation for effective parent engagement. Partnerships with families occur over time and allow trust to build over time

v  Program Volunteering and Employment Opportunities: Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the program whenever they are interested and available – and encouraged to apply for job openings for which they are qualified.

v  Parent Workshops and Center Committee Meetings: All parents of children enrolled in the Early Head Start program are members of the Parent Committee and are encouraged to participate actively in meetings and group activities.

v  Policy Council and Health Services Advisory Committee: Parents participate in the governance and guidance of the program the Policy Council, and the Health Services Advisory Committee. In these leadership roles, parents shape program operations and policies for the EHS/HS program.


Family well-being, which includes healthy, safe families with increased financial security

Parent-child relationships, which includes warm, nurturing interactions and relationships

Families as life-long educators, which includes development-centered parenting, observing, guiding, promoting and participating in everyday learning of their children at home, school and in community

Families as learners, which includes families advancing in their own learning  interests through education, training and other experiences that support their parenting, career, and life goals

Family engagement in transitions, which includes supporting and advocating for their child’s development as they transition to new learning environments within the EHS, HS or community program and into kindergarten through elementary school

Family connection to peers and community, as parents and families form connections with peers and mentors in formal and informal social networks that are supportive and/or educational and that enhance social well-being and community life

Families as advocates and learners, as they participate in leadership development, decision-making, program policy development, and community and state organizing activities to improve children’s development and learning experience


Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Bengals will host families during two practices this year, which will include an array of kid-related activities during practice.

During training camp the Cincinnati Bengals will move two evening practices inside Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday (August 1) and Sunday, August 11. The event is being called Family Night, which will include kid-friendly activities.

Admission will be free, and free parking will be available in Lots D, E and F, all with entrances off Mehring Way near the stadium. PBS gates on both dates will open at 5 p.m., with practice to run from 6 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m.

Practice will be capped by an extended player autograph session, accessible to all fans, and family activities available around the stadium will include:
  • Inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Balloon artists
  • Photos with Who Dey
  • Circus performers
  • Ben-Gals cheer zone
  • Play 60 activity zone
  • Craft zone
Also, the first 1000 children to visit the Kids Club Booth will receive a Bengals Lunch Box, a poster, plus a chance to win a Bengals Kids Club membership. During the post-practice autograph session, fans can participate in a raffle for Bengals gear and other prizes from the team’s Pro Shop.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


What is transition?
Transition is adjusting to change. As things change in our lives, we also have to change. Adults and children have different ways of dealing with transition. The transition from home to school takes time and is different for each child and parent. It is just as difficult for parents to separate from their child as it is for a child to be away from his/her parents.

What can parents do to help?

·         Talk with your child about what will be happening

·         Sharing what you know about your child

·         Working with your child at home

·         Communication regularly with staff

·         Staying involved in the program

·         Networking with other parents

·         Speaking out and acting for all children

Why is transition an important issue for staff and parents?

Transition addresses all the changes that occur as a child moves from one setting to another-from home to a program, within a program, or between programs. It is a process that involves children, families, staff, and organizations.

Visit site below for more tips on transition!




Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Smale Riverfront Park has announced its “Family Summer Fun” event schedule, with free family music, movies and theater.

The schedule is:
July 6: Ooh Lala and The Greasers (1-4 p.m.)
July 13: Frisch Marionettes (4-7 p.m.)
July 26: Movie: “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” (activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie at 9 p.m.)
Aug. 16: Movie: “Oz the Great & Powerful” (activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie at 9 p.m.)
Aug. 17: Madcap Puppets (4-7 p.m.)
Aug. 29: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (7-9 p.m.)
Aug. 30: Movie: “Escape from Planet Earth” (activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie at 9 p.m.)
Aug. 31: Zak Morgan concert (4-7 p.m.)
Sept. 13: Movie: “Frankenweenie” (activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie at 9 p.m.)
Sept. 14: New Vega concert (6-8 p.m.)
Sept. 15: Bullooney PuppetWorks/Wump Mucket Puppets (1-4 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Have you ever thought about how, as a father, you are influencing your children's development? 

Your parenting style and character has a very powerful impact on your children.

Join us on May 2, 2013 to learn more about your powerful impact!
Location: 1740 Langdon Farm Rd
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
April 26, 2013
to Nicole Sofer
569-1840 ext 1458

Monday, April 22, 2013


Earth Day is observed on April 22 and was started in the United States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for the Earth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts. In 1990, Earth Day was taken international, and today, more than 500 million people in 175 countries observe Earth Day.

Be sure to visit for activities, Earth Day crafts and coloring pages.





Wednesday, April 17, 2013


A study indicates that kids who can use words better as toddlers are more likely to be able to control anger when they’re preschoolers. At Penn State, researcher Pamela Cole saw this in data on 120 kids who were followed from 18 months to 48 months of age.

The toddlers whose language was better, and developed more quickly over time, tended to control the frustration of waiting better as preschoolers, doing things like playing to take their minds off of the gift they were waiting for.

Cole advises talking a lot with toddlers:

“Toddlers, even when they are not speaking or they don’t appear to understand, may be overhearing things and picking up a lot of information.”

The study in the journal Child Development was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.”

Last revised: March 13, 2013


Spring is in the air- but so are allergens and pollen. It's that time of the year again when a day outdoors for seasonal allergies lead to runny nose, itchy or water eyes and sneezing. Are you having trouble identifying your child's symptoms as a cold or allergies.

Check out to learn what is causing your child's symptoms.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


When: Thursday, March 28, 2013,  11:30am

Where: Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

Front Lobby of Head Start

1740 Langdon Farm Road

Cincinnati, OH 45237

Who: Parents, Staff and Supporters of Head Start

Why:  Announce the specific cuts to Cincinnati’s Head Start Program i.e., the number of children who will be dropped or denied access and the number of staff who will be impacted. To speak out against the devastating cuts the sequester is forcing on Cincinnati’s Head Start Program to let the community know how they can help save Head Start.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Learning Through Art, Inc. has announced a grant from the PNC Foundation for $47,500 to begin piloting a new home-based Books Alive! For Kids® program through Head Start.

The Books Alive! For Kids® Parent Power Program is being introduced in collaboration with the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, and directly addresses Ohio’s new Third Grade Guarantee, which requires that students meet state literacy standards by third grade in order to advance in school.

Click link below for more information: