CAA's Head Start Joins Child Abuse Prevention Observances

April 12, 2014 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community.
On Wednesday, April 9 the Community Action Agency's Head Start Parent Policy Council joined national and statewide initiatives to prevent child abuse. The problem in Hamilton County is significant: 5,902 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2013.
Head Start parents, staff and students are taking part in 'Pinwheels for Prevention' and 'Wear Blue' Day. Each of the 300 pinwheels planted on the lawn of CAA represents approximately 20 children who were reported as abused or neglected in Hamilton County last year. Head Start's participation serves as an investment in the healthy development of our children.
In addition, Community Action Agency staff, including Head Start and many students are wearing blue in solidarity with statewide efforts to prevent child abuse. At CAA we know that investing in child development is an investment in community and economic development. Effective strategies can save taxpayers as much as $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased foster care, special education, health problems and the justice system.

Home Buyers Expo Coming to CAA

March 24, 2014 - CAA will host the National Association of Real Estate Broker's (NAREB) annual "Home Buyers Expo" in the GLR Conference Hall on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. The Expo is an opportunity for home owners and potential buyers to meet with real estate professionals and lenders for assistance with maintaining or purchasing a home in a challenging market. The Expo is free of charge to anyone wishing to attend.

CEO Receives Recognition

February 26, 2014 - Congratulations to CAA's
President & CEO Ms. Gwen L. Robinson for recently being recognized for her service as Co-chair of the Required Partners Council. The council is part of the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Robinson was among seven others recognized during SWORWIB's Annual Meeting on February 13th at the SuperJobs Center.

Head Start Wins OACAA Award

February 21, 2014 - Congratulations to Head Start for earning OACAA's Best Practice Award for their Professional Learning Communities. Head Start/Early Head Start Learning Communities provide job-embedded professional development for staff in order to improve outcomes for children and families. Professional Learning Communities are peer support groups that advance the professional knowledge, skills and practices of teachers, teacher assistants, primary caregivers and the family & community partnership staff.

Youth Services Director Receives Youth Advocate Award

February 19, 2014 - Congratulations go out to CAA’s Youth Services Director Shawn Kerley.  Shawn recently received the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board’s 2014 Super Award that recognizes employers and labor organizations for their commitment to putting more people back to work. Shawn won in the category of Youth Advocates. Mayor John Cranley kicked off the ceremony on February 13 at the SWORWIB’s annual (continues here) meeting at the SuperJobs center. Shawn was presented with an impressive award that he proudly holds.

Judges recognized Shawn for having had a profound impact on the life of one of the youth enrolled in Jobs for Cincinnati graduates last year at West High. Cortez Adams, then a senior told how Shawn mentored him, helped him apply to colleges and helped him get a scholarship. Cortez got a full-ride football scholarship to Texas College. Shawn took time to drive him to Tyler, Texas last August to get him settled. The relationship hasn’t stopped there – they talk every night. Shawn says, "He’s like my son." Once again congratulations to CAA’s Shawn Kerley for going above and beyond to help a young person succeed in life.

50th Anniversary Kicks Off With Head Start Reads

January 16, 2014 - Community leaders Judge Ted Berry, Jr, son of former Mayor Theodore M. Berry, and Lois Conyers, former deputy director of CAA, joined Gwen L. Robinson in Head Start's Life Learning Center lobby at CAA on January 15th to officially kick-off the agency's 50th Anniversary year. Judge Berry shared personal memories of his father's dedicated efforts to establish the agency through the new Office of Economic Opportunity  in 1964.

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Ms. Conyers  shared stories from her time gathering the city's data and organizing the agency's leadership in it's very first year of operation. 

Gwen Robinson announced the commemorative events taking place month by month throughout the year, beginning with Head Start Reads in January. Head Start Reads is a literacy initiative bringing individuals from the community into Head Start classrooms to read to the children. CAA Board members Chandra Mathews-Smith, H.A. Musser and Theresa Young joined Judge Berry as they went into classrooms to read Grace Lin's "Bringing in the New Year." 

Workforce Celebrates Manufacturing Graduates

January 16, 2014 - Workforce Development’s Cincinnati Manufacturing Certificates (CMC) program concluded the 13th Manufacturing Skills Standards class. This challenging 140-hour curriculum is composed of 4 modules with a certification test at the end of each module. On December 19th CMC staff, participants and their family members gathered to celebrate with the 10 graduates. Eight have passed all 4 certification tests, (continues here) learning the status of Certified Production Technician (CPT). The CPT is a portable, nationally recognized certification. We wish the graduates the best in pursuing employment in the growing industry of manufacturing.Workforce Development is recruiting for the next CMC class to begin the first week of March. For more information or to make a referral, please contact LaVerne DeArmond at ext. 1049.