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Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips for Children:

1. Wear light colors.
Make sure your child’s costumes contain light colors. Avoid as much black or brown as possible. These dark colors easily get lost in the night; whereas light colors act as reflectors.
2. Buy stick-on reflectors.
You can find stick-on reflectors at your local dollar store for as little as a buck. Tag them onto your child’s clothing in both the front and back, so cars will be able to see your child in the dark and avoid accidents.
3. Visit only homes in your neighborhood.
While it is fun to collect a huge stockpile, stick to homes in your own neighborhood. This way you are only visiting people you know and are comfortable with, and people who know your children. Avoid neighborhoods that you do not live in or do not know someone who does.
4. Encourage kids to buddy up.
Pair up children when trick or treating so no one is alone at any time. All children should have an adult when trick or treating to supervise, even in a neighborhood they are familiar with. Instruct each child to never separate from their buddy.
5. Examine all candy.
Before your child eats anything from their bag, be sure to examine it all. This means making sure no packaging has been opened or has expired, and all appears to be untouched. Any item in question needs to be thrown away at once.

Monday, August 4, 2014

School Readiness Information

Is your child ready for school?

3 Ways To Prepare Your Toddler for School

Starting school is exciting thing for parents and their toddlers, but there is a-lot that parents have to do to prepare their youngsters for their big day. The success of a child in school depends greatly on how well he or she is prepared before entering school. There are three very important things that parents can do to prepare their toddlers for school. Those three things are making sure that the child is on a set a schedule , disciplined and knows the basics such as counting and the alphabet.
Children need to be on a set schedule before starting school. They have to understand that they have to do certain things and certain times. Parents should set up schedule for meal times, nap times, television, etc. It is also important that parents limit the time that their children watch television. Setting up a schedule at home will allow a child to adjust to the school schedule better.
Children also need to be well-disciplined before they start school. They have to understand if they misbehave, there will be consequences. For the best results, discipline should be consistent. If a parent says that he will do a certain thing to a child if he or she misbehaves; he or she should do it. Being firm and consistent is the key to raising a well-disciplined child. If a child understands that there are consequences for bad behavior, he or she will be less likely to act up in school. Unruly children are a common complaint of school officials and good home training helps prevent that.
Parents should also take the time and teach their children the basics before they enter school. A child who already knows how to count and knows his or her alphabet will have the greatest success in school. This will also allow them to be a step ahead of some of the other students. Parents should go over the alphabet with their children several times before he or she enters school because this will increase retention.

Parents play one of the most important roles in the successful education of a child. That is why they should take time out to prepare their children before they enter school. By setting up a schedule, discipling their children and teaching them the basics, parents are already preparing their children to be successful students in school. Successful students in school make successful people in life.

Monday, June 23, 2014

2013 – 2014 Policy Council Representatives!
1st Row  Latoya Braswell (Member), Brandy Tidwell (Chair Person), Verline Dotson (Head Start/Early Head Start Director), Courthney Calvin (OHSAI Representative), Debbi White (Treasurer)
2nd  Row  Rosie Reed (Parliamentarian), Tim Collier (Community Representative) , Janelle Richardson (Community Representative

On June 19, 2014 Policy Council held its End Of The Year Review with the theme of “Cultivating the Seed for Lifelong Learning.” Each representative of Policy Council was instrumental in the success of the program over the last year.  The following accomplishments were highlighted during The Year End Review: Coordinating the National Child Abuse Month, DRS Application submittal, Ohio Head Start Association Inc. Parent Ambassadors Program, 1st Quarter Head Start Child Outcomes Report PY 2013-2014 approval and  In-Kind Waiver Submission to name a few.

Policy Council also participated in a number of Community Service events such as: 2014 Closing the Health Gap, Pitching for Peace, Big Top Yard sale, Bring Our Men Home Fatherhood Event and Juneteenth Festival

Monday, April 28, 2014


Understanding your child’s typical development and behaviors.

“Is this normal?” You’ve probably asked this question of your mom, brother, best friend, pediatrician and your child’s teacher or daycare provider. You may have compared your child’s growth and development to that of other children you know. You most likely have read all about things to do to give your child a head start but not sure when to start. In fact, you would not be normal if you didn’t wonder about what to expect and what to do as your child grows. In this workshop, parents will be able to identify what is considered age-appropriate, or ‘normal’ developmental tasks and ways to encourage and support the various stages of their child’s growth from birth to pre-adolescence.

Monday, April 7, 2014




CAA  Head Start Families and Delegates participated in the Learning Through Play Conference at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Conference brought together the region's best childhood development experts for a one-day conference on Saturday, March 8, 2014. CAA Head Start families learned that open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to our children’s growth and development. The Conference had 30 different sessions to educate our CAA Head Start families. Look and see our Head Start families in action

Monday, March 31, 2014


The Theodore M. Berry Head Start Program hosted a "Pancakes for Parents" breakfast on March 19, 2014.  The Parents enjoyed spending time with their children and sampling the strawberry and blueberry toppings. It was wonderful to see so many fathers in attendance. After the breakfast, parents participated in a meeting to discuss topics such as Health and Safety, Enrollment and Kindergarten Readiness.. A special thank you goes to LaKisha DeVant and Tony Lowry for preparing a wonderful breakfast.