September 12, 2020

  • SCACAP COVID-19 Briefing
  • SCACAP Spotlights Local CAA
  • SCACAP Job Openings
  • SCACAP Acts As Information, Resource & Referral Center
  • Statewide Partnership Update
  • SCACAP Recruitment for CCAP 2020-2021 Cohort
  • SCACAP Recruitment for ROMA 2020-2021 Cohort
  • Census 2020: A Call To Action Reminder
  • Upcoming September Meetings
  • 2020 Mid-Fall Training Conference
Overview of the Urgent and Serious Matter of the Coronavirus and its Impact on Your Organization
As you are aware, the South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc. (SCACAP) is always seeking information and resources on behalf of the Community Action, Head Start, and Weatherization Network. SCACAP is working with the End Coronavirus SC team to coordinate efforts throughout South Carolina to educate the public about the pandemic.

On Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 am, nearly 70 SC CAA, Head Start, and Weatherization employees participated in a COVID-19 debriefing held by SCACAP in its efforts to update the SC Network on the present state of COVID-19 in South Carolina. A panel of experts discussed the urgent serious matter of the Coronavirus and its impact on local organizations.
Meet the Panelists
Yaneer Bar-Yam
Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam is a pandemic expert who has advised the UN, WHO, the US NSC, CMS and CDC. He warned about global pandemics for 15 years and contributed outbreak response protocols for stopping Ebola in Africa in 2014, which worked. He is an MIT trained physicist and complexity scientist. Since the late 1980s he has contributed to founding the field of complex systems science, introducing fundamental mathematical rigor, real world application, and educational programs for new concepts and insights of this field. 

His recent work quantitatively analyzes the origins and impacts of market crashes, social unrest, ethnic violence, military conflict and pandemics, and the structure and dynamics of social networks. He has advised the U.S. Government on global social unrest and the crises in Egypt and Syria, counterterrorism strategies, military force transformation, market regulation, delivery of disease prevention services and control of hospital infections. He regularly advises NGOs and corporations regarding their use of complex systems science. He has authored more than 200 journal articles. His work on the causes of the global food crisis was cited among the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2011 by Wired magazine. His scientific visualizations received recognition as “best of” from Wired in 2011 and 2013, and from Motherboard in 2013. International coverage of his work includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Die Zeit, and Le Monde, among others.
Dr. Jeremy Rossman
Dr Jeremy Rossman is a virologist, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Virology at the University of Kent and President of the non-profit organisation, Research-Aid Networks.

Jeremy has conducted collaborative interdisciplinary research on the molecular biology of pandemic-causing viruses, international epidemic responses, evidence-based humanitarian aid and science education. His organization, Research-Aid Networks, facilitates collaborative and evidence-based approaches for assessing need, delivering aid, evaluating effectiveness and achieving long-term sustainable community development, worldwide. Within EndCoronavirus.org, Jeremy is co-ordinating local community outreach efforts and providing expert guidance to the National Scientist Volunteer Database consulting service.
Gary Chizever, M.D.
Gary Chizever, M.D. is a systems and real-time control engineer. He has been a surgeon most of his career, with interests in rural healthcare and prehospital care. He has experience as a small-town public health official, and he has worked on population health and disaster preparedness/response. He is very glad to be part of EndCoronavirus as the medical lead for Zerobase digital contact tracing and co-coordinator for the National Scientist Volunteer Database consultant program.
Tiffany James, BA
Tiffany James hails from Columbia, SC and received her BA from Clemson University in 2004. Currently, she volunteers as the SC Engagement Coordinator for EndCoronavirus. She was the SC Deputy Political Director and Black Engagement Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg during his 2019-2020 run. She is the Founder and CEO of Justice James Public Relations Firm. Tiffany is a James E. Clyburn Political Fellow, Leadership Columbia Graduate and the President of the National Action Network of Columbia.  As a local artist and advocate, she currently serves on the boards of Trustus Theatre, Tapp’s Art Center, City of Columbia Hospitality Tax, and Beginnings SC. 
Pee Dee Community Action Partnership
Pee Dee Community Action’s Strengthening Family Program (SFP) has had great success with building family relationships since 2017. This internationally recognized evidence-based program in partnership with Children’s Trust of SC, The Duke Empowerment and SC Department of Social Services serves families with children ages 6 to 11 in Marion and Dillon Counties. During the most recent SFP graduation ceremony, something amazing took place. This success story is a result of a program that undeniably promotes strengthening and building families. The Godfrey family participated in Marion County Strengthening Families Program and while on a quest to improve their family’s quality of life, Mitchell Godfrey knew that he had to solidify his relationship with Shakira. With assistance from the SFP staff, Shakira was surprised with a formal engagement along with a small wedding ceremony to top it off. Here’s what the Godfrey’s had to say about SFP and the how their family benefitted from the program. “After participating in the program, we’ve built better bonds with our children. Our children learned about us as their parents, how to manage difficult situations, be responsible and better ways to communicate. We looked forward to attending the classes because it helped us to be in a better position overall. We like the fact that the staff was so helpful and genuine in their approach. Our family felt comfortable being transparent with Mrs. Magwood (Program Manager) and staff, especially when I told her of my plans to ask Shakira to be my wife. We received an outpour of support from so many people. I’m excited to say that we’ve moved into a better home, the children have a huge yard to play outside and enough room for our growing family. We are so thankful for the Strengthening Families Program and all the lessons we’ve learned as a family and will continue to use those values in raising our children. We’ve shared our story with other families and how the program prepared us to become better parents.”

Children's Trust of South Carolina continues to partner with Pee Dee Community Action Partnership (PDCAP) to deliver the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) in Marion and Dillon County. This program also receives some assistance from Absolute Total Care and other community partners. Strengthening Families Program is a nationally- and internationally-recognized evidence-based program that works closely with families to teach effective parenting techniques that reduce problem behaviors and conflict through positive discipline. Through a partnership with The Duke Endowment and the S.C. Department of Social Services, Children’s Trust is providing multi-year funding to the PDCAP along with designated partners to deliver program sessions and work with families in their respective communities.
For more information, please contact Anita Stevenson Magwood, Program Manager, via amagwood@peedeecap.org and/or Mr. Walter Fleming, Executive Director via wfleming@peedeecap.org.
SCACAP Hires Three Teacher Mentors As An Addition to the SCACAP EHS-CCP Program
SCACAP is pleased to welcome three teacher mentors to the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The three teacher mentors attended an onboarding orientation conducted by Ms. Jessica McMoore, CEO/Executive Director and was introduced to the Administrative Office staff, along with the EHS Management Team.
Meet Our Teacher Mentors
Loretta Duverna
Loretta is an alumna of Florida State University and brings experience from Atlanta Public Schools.
Brianna Steed
Brianna is an alumna of Coastal Carolina University and brings experience from Betty's Daycare Child Development Center.
DeAnna Williamson
DeAnna is an alumna of Limestone College and Coker College and brings experience from McLeod Child Development Center.
SCACAP Spotlights Early Head Start Child-Care Partnership Program (EHS-CCP)
In each edition of The Hub, SCACAP shares best practices and spotlights these best practices of SCACAP’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP). This issue of The Hub will spotlight one (1) of SCACAP's EHS Child Care Partners: Betty's Daycare. We are spotlighting this center for creating an innovative way to enhance center safety protocols for the children and their families of our EHS-CCP Program when reopening.
It is impossible to know the state of the pandemic in the months to come. Over the months since the pandemic began, there have been much planning and preparation to make our centers and classrooms safe, clean, and healthy for the children and families of our EHS-CCP program. Betty's Daycare took an extra step in ensuring their center is prepared for reopening by renovating their center to include:
  • building an isolation room;
  • building a room for daily temperature inspections;
  • expanding their lobby area to practice social distancing;
  • improving the pavement in the parking lot;
  • upgrading the security systems; and
  • improving the landscape around the center
Betty's Daycare Renovations
SCACAP is now recruiting for the following positions:

  • Teacher Mentor in Georgetown County (part-time)
  • Family Advocate in Georgetown County
  • Fiscal Analyst
Email resumes and cover letters to hr@scacap.org.
SCACAP receives numerous calls from across the state daily, where clients are requesting for services. SCACAP tracks these calls and refers the clients to local CAA's and organizations in their area. One of SCACAP's role is to provide Publicity, Outreach and Education, and Advocacy for the local CAA's and Head Start Network. We have compiled a report with the number of calls received from March-August 2020 during the pandemic.
South Carolina's Energy Office Launches
Energy Saver Tool and Website
The South Carolina Energy Office has launched a new online tool and EnergySaver.SC.GOV website to help consumers and businesses easily find energy-saving programs.
Finding energy-saving programs can involve visiting multiple websites and be frustrating. Now consolidated in one central, online location, these programs can be accessed through the Energy Saver Tool. The tool offers an easy way for the public to answer a few simple questions and find available energy-saving programs. Users can also search by category or by program name to find specific program information. Programs and results are printable and can be shared by exporting to a PDF or Excel file.
In addition, the Energy Saver website includes energy-saving tips for homes and businesses in a user-friendly and easy-to-follow format. Please contact Stacey Washington, ACEM, Energy Specialist, SC ORS Energy Office via swashington@ors.sc.gov for more information.

Register Now for the Webinar held Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to learn more about the Energy Saver Tool.
SCACAP is pleased to announce the first Zoom meeting of the South Carolina 2021 CCAP Study Group to be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and adjourning at 3:00 p.m. 
In this year of COVID-19, and wanting to keep everyone safe, the South Carolina 2021 CCAP Study Group will be virtual this fall: Four two-hour Zoom meetings as substitute for the usual two fall face-to-face meetings. Attendees are not required to have officially enrolled as CCAP candidates with the national Partnership. Closer to first of the year will be decision whether in January to resume my desired face-to-face format or extend virtual meetings.

Advantages of Becoming A CCAP
  • Gain national recognition for your Community Action achievements.
  • Enhance your credibility as an experienced Community Action leader.
  • Increase your advantage as you compete for higher positions in the Community Action field.

To learn more about enrolling in the South Carolina 2021 CCAP Study Group, please contact the State Association Office at 803-771-9404 or jmcmoore@scacap.org.
SCACAP is excited to announce the Seventh South Carolina Statewide National Peer-to-Peer (NPTP) ROMA Training Certification to give interested employees the opportunity to become a National Certified ROMA Trainers and Implementers. 

If you feel you would be an asset to our ROMA Training and Implementation Network, please complete an application on line at www.roma-nptp.org.

To learn more about becoming a ROMA Trainer or Implementer, please contact the State Association Office at 803-771-9404 or jmcmoore@scacap.org.
Helping People, Changing Lives is Participating in the Census!
We are nine months into the year, so now is time to make yourself count! Take ten minutes to fill out the Census to shape your future for the next decade. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
SCACAP Convenes Forum for Statewide CSBG/LIHEAP Workgroup & ROMA Outcome Management Group (OMG)
SCACAP is pleased to have Dr. Aaron Wicks, CCAP, NCRT, who is the Vice President of Organizational Capacity Building for the National Community Action Partnership and Ms. Melissa McClain, who is the RPIC Lead from Kentucky in attendance. They will be doing a presentation on Community Level Initiatives on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 2:30 pm via ZOOM.

For more information, please contact the State Association Office at
803-771-9404 or jmcmoore@scacap.org.
SCACAP Convenes Forum for Statewide CSBG/LIHEAP Workgroup & ROMA Outcome Management Group (OMG)
As a part of the mutual agreement held with SCACAP and the SC Head Start Collaboration Office (SCHSCO), there will be a SCACAP (State Association) and SC Head Start Collaboration Committee on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 10:30 am via ZOOM.
SCACAP (State Association)
Walter Fleming, Board Chair
Jessica McMoore, CEO/Executive Director
SC Head Start Collaboration
Shunna Jeter, Committee Chair
Mary Lynne Diggs, Director
Planning for the Statewide Mid Fall Training Conference 2020 Is Well Underway!
As you are aware the South Carolina Community Action Partnership and the South Carolina State Head Start Association will be hosting their Annual Statewide Mid Fall Training Conference November 30 - December 4, 2020 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Please make your plans NOW to attend this dynamic and educational event.

We will continue to communicate and send updates about the conference and other training opportunities via email. Should you need additional information, please feel free to contact the State Association Office. For your utmost respect and cooperation, we remain. DO NOT MISS THIS EXCITIING AND EDUCATIONAL EVENT!
Conference Registration Deadline: November 19, 2020
SCACAP will apply all registration fees received from the Spring Conference to the Mid Fall Conference. If you have not registered, please click the link to access the conference registration form:
Request for Exhibitors/Sponsors Deadline:
November 19, 2020
We are offering opportunities for Corporate Sponsorship, Contributors, Exhibitors and Advertisers to participate in this statewide event. The sponsorship will increase the visibility, enhance its image and present opportunities for networking with various agencies, businesses, community stakeholders and partners from across the State.

SCACAP will apply all exhibitor/sponsorship fees received from the Spring Conference to the Mid Fall Conference. If you have not registered, please click the link to access the conference exhibitor/sponsorship form:

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! Based on the results of the pandemic, at the time of the conference, SCACAP will still be able to host this conference virtually. SCACAP is working and finding innovative solutions to continue fighting for economic security for our vulnerable population and to support the CAA, Head Start, and Weatherization agencies on the frontlines of this fight.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of The Hub. Look for Volume IX to stay updated on SCACAP news. If your agency would like to be featured in an upcoming volume of The Hub, send us your updates via email to thehub@scacap.org
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Working Together Hand in Hand!
SCACAP is a statewide nonprofit community-based organization that aims to develop and support programs to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for income-eligible children, youth, individuals, and families. SCACAP serves as a State clearinghouse or hub for the Community Action, Head Start, and Weatherization Networks that provides various programs and services to meet the needs of our targeted population, such as comprehensive early care, housing, energy assistance and efficiency programs, crisis and case management, employment, income management Nutrition, youth and senior programs, and a myriad of other programs. SCACAP advocates for policies that strengthen program services, coordinates extensive training, professional development, statewide data compilation and analysis, reporting, communication and marketing, resource and partnership development, research and strategic planning, statewide outreach and education, and a plethora of other services to build the capacity to enrich service delivery. SCACAP also implements statewide community based programming and is currently a grantee of an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program in nine counties throughout the State of SC.