OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

July 2019
Head Start kids show gains, especially in math
Head Start students showed improvement over the 2018-19 school year, according to outcomes data released by the Lorain County Community Action Agency on Monday. In the fall, the majority of the preschool students were below expectations in each of the six categories. By spring, most of the children moved into either meeting or exceeding expectations.
Shauna Matelski, director of Head Start, said she is pretty happy with the results and that they show student growth. The six categories that are measured are social emotional development, physical development, literacy, cognitive development, language development and mathematics. >>> READ MORE
Historic Bank Transformed into Mixed-Income Housing

The adaptive-reuse project was designed to meet Enterprise Green Communities certification. The units include open concept designs, modern finishes, and fully equipped kitchens with Energy Star appliances, including dishwashers. Community amenities include an on-site management office, two community rooms, a computer room, and multiple laundry spaces. Supportive services, such as parenting classes, job placement assistance, and wellness information, are provided through West Ohio Community Action Partnership. >>> READ MORE
Community Action Head Start teacher publishes book, "I Love School!"

I Love School! is an inspiring example for first-time students, is the creation of published author Marie Janelle, a manager, for Cincinnati–Hamilton County Community Action Agency Head Start program in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a grandmother and proud Head Start 1968 alumni who has worked in early education for many years.

The book is based on the author's personal experience of attending Head Start... >>>READ MORE
Letter to the Editor: 'Santa's' generosity continues
Recently, our community lost a gentleman that many adults and children knew as Santa Claus, Burl Bowling. Because of his love for children of all ages, his wonderful family made a decision that for his memorial, they requested donations of cash and toys be made to PICCA ’s toy program.

You can know that this man was truly loved by so many because of the outpouring of support for the family’s request. PICCA received more than $1,200 in cash donations and bags of toys for the program.

We at PICCA know from the smiles and grateful appreciation on the faces of the children’s parents that the simple gift of a new toy – something many of us take for granted – can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child living in poverty. Burl and his family understood that as well... >>>READ MORE
Annual Summer Conference 2019

Your feedback is important to us! Please complete your evaluations for the workshops you attended. You can find them on the mobile app or on the web app at the bottom of each workshop. History of the War on Poverty and Family Development Certification evaluation links are on the final session.

Watch our blog for the conference recap coming soon!
Annual Report Released

Ohio's Community Action Network works every day to improve the lives of our communities and help people on their path to self-sufficiency. This year's annual report highlights the need, our reach, and our collective impact. >>>READ MORE
State of Poverty in Ohio 2019

The State of Poverty in Ohio report highlights obstacles faced by low-income families across Ohio. This year's report discusses the correlation between wages, affordable housing, and transportation. >>>READ MORE
Upcoming Events
CSBG Application & Standards Training
September 12-13, 2019
OACAA Winter Legislative Conference
January 29-31, 2020

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