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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

HEAD START PARENT RALLY


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 PLAY


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:

 

MARCH IS NATIONAL READING MONTH!


How To Invent a Book

Here's How:
  1. Start by writing a simple story. It can be about yourself, your family, your pets, your friends, or anything you want.
  2. Once your story is done, page through magazines and cut out pictures that will go along with your story.
  3. Glue the pictures on different pieces of paper.
  4. Write the parts of your story under the pictures on each page. You can also print out your story and cut it apart and glue the appropriate sections onto the related pages.
  5. Set aside your pages until the glue dries.
  6. Once all the glue has dried, put the pages of the book in the proper order.
  7. Staple the edges of your pages together. You can also punch holes down one side of the pages and attach together with yarn or ribbon.
  8. Don't forget to make a cover for your book!

Monday, March 18, 2013

HEAD START PARENTS REACH OUT TO LAWMAKERS TO PROTEST SEQUESTRATION

Downtown Cincinnati 3/15/2013 -

     With children and strollers in tow, Cincinnati Head Start parents made an emotional appeal to Congressional staff in downtown Cincinnati on Friday. Parents passionate about the program are making sure Congressional staffers get the message: the sequester cuts are hitting hard and hurting families. About 400 children in Cincinnati and Hamilton County could be cut and important services would be lost.  Parents along with Head Start director Verline Dotson visited the offices of Congressman Steve Chabot, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.  The visits were part of a nation side "Stroll-In" day to protest the massive cuts. Approximately 10,000 teacher jobs, 70,000 children in Head Start and 7,200 special education staff are on the chopping block nationwide.


 
Check out more pictures from the nation-wide Stroll-in on The National Head Start Association facebook page!
 

TOGETHER WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN






Reminder:

Congress has a small window - less than three weeks - when the cut from the sequester can be undone as part of 2013 budget decisions. Together we can advocate for children.

  • Join us for a call - Monday, March 11th at 7:30 pm Eastern, join a conference call for Head Start parents and friends about what you can do to help. Call in at 712-432-0900, code: 484503#.
     
  • Log on to Facebook - Your members of Congress are already using Facebook and Twitter! Go here to identify your Members of Congress if you don’t know them. Then click here to find a set of messages you can post on their Facebook walls or tweet at their accounts.
     
  • Stroll in! - On March 15th, Head Start and Early Head Start parents across the United States will park their strollers in Congressional district offices to make a point: the sequester is cutting children and families off from important services, and Congress needs to take action to protect kids from cuts. Click here for more details, materials you can leave behind, and flyers to post in your center.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AS PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent and family engagement is essential to quality early care and education. Whether providing child care, conducting home visits, offering family support services, or intervening early when a child has special needs, the partnership with parents is fundamental to providing quality early childhood services. Evidence demonstrates that when the partnership is strong, children form better relationships, feel good about themselves, and do better in school. It is only natural that all of those who enter the lives of young children work together with other adults and parents to give a child safe, healthy and meaningful early experiences.
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/docs/revised-parent-engagement-as-pi.pdf