CAA Head Start Program wins Rubinstein Foundation Community Partner Award

March 2, 2016 - On Friday, February 19, Hamilton County Community Action Agency’s Head Start program was awarded the Rubinstein Foundation Community Partner Award. Throughout 2015, CAA’s Head Start program collaborated with the Children’s Hospital Medical Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment (LEND) program on a community outreach project which teaches evidence-based behavioral interventions to early childhood educators, in an effort to better understand developmental concerns. With CAA providing training locations, classroom access, organizational support and recruitment assistance, the LEND program has been able to significantly contribute to the field of research in developmental disabilities in the region.

“We are immensely grateful for the prestigious Dr. Jack Rubinstein Foundation Community Partner award, but I think we are more excited about our partnership with CCHMC, which will help provide improved services for children with disabilities,” said Verline Dotson, Head Start/Early Head Start Director.

The award ceremony was held at the Drees Pavilion, in Northern Kentucky. Several area organizations were nominated for the award, though according to program facilitator Dr. Stephanie Webber, CAA’s Head Start program exemplified what it meant to collaborate, helping to increase awareness of best practices for professionals working with children and families with disabilities.

The outcomes of this partnership will allow the CCHMC LEND program to provide behavioral intervention training to preschool educators throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. For 50 years, The Head Start program has provided children who have development disabilities a positive educational experience without interference, which has improved the outcomes for children and families.

Fighting poverty in Hamilton County since 1964, the Community Action Agency provides low-income children, individuals, and families with the tools, skills, and resources to lead self-sufficient lives. The agency offers a seamless line of services, including home utility bill assistance, job training and career development, GED services, and Head Start preschool. To learn more about CAA, visit