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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!!!!!