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July 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

sOACAA Briefing – July 2019

Network News & Successes

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 from The Chronicle.

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 from Affordable Housing Finance.

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 “Thirty-two Senior Companions sponsored by the Pike Community Action Committee, as well as those sponsored by the Adams-Brown County Community Action agencies” were honored at the event – read more from PRWeb.

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 – read more from the Circleville Herald.

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