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Invest in Children
(Cuyahoga County, Ohio)

  • Launched in July 1999
  • Serves children prenatal-kindergarten and their families in
    Cuyahoga County
  • Public/Private partnership administered by the county government
  • Comprehensive services supporting all aspects of the developing child
  • Strong, reliable evaluation component

Contact: Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director
Office of Early Childhood Invest in Children
310 W. Lakeside Avenue, Suite 565
Cleveland, OH 44113
Telephone: (216) 698-2215
Fax: (216) 443-7575

Success by Six
(Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky)

  • Strategic initiative operated by United Way in over 300 markets across
    the country. (The initiative is not replicated in several cities, each one is
    designed to meet the needs and priorities of the local community.)
  • Local initiative serves multiple counties in Southwest Ohio and
    Northern Kentucky
  • Whole child approach to kindergarten readiness with emphasis on
    home visitation and high quality early learning environments
  • Strong measurement and evaluation component

Contact: Stephanie Byrd, Executive Director
2400 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: (513) 762-7144
Fax: (513) 762-7146

(Stark, Warren/Trumbull, Summit Counties)

  • Serves selected communities in Stark, Summit,
    Warren and Trumbull Counties
  • Strong emphasis on measuring emotional and academic
    readiness for kindergarten
  • Foundation funded with other SPARK sites across the country
  • Strong, reliable evaluation data after the first three years

SPARK Alliance, Canton, Minerva
Shana Rozier, Director
Phone: (330) 454-5800

Sue Long, Director
Phone: (330) 535-8833

SPARK Warren
Kathie Marando, Director
Phone: (330) 394-9090, ext. 110

Ready Set Soar
(Dayton area)

  • Launched Fall of 2008
  • Public/private partnership
  • Expansion of K-12 STEM initiative with a focus on early learning
  • Serves several counties in the Miami Valley

Contact: Susan Bodary, Executive Director
937-236-9965 ext. 2241

Start Smart
(Franklin County)

  • United Way of Central Ohio led initiative started in 1998
  • Public/private partnership
  • Strong emphasis on improving quality and increasing access of child
    care and learning experiences for young children (0-5 years)

Contact: Cindy Sturni, Director
360 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 227-2788

Ohio’s Help Me Grow Program
Help Me Grow (HMG) is Ohio’s birth to 3 system that provides state and federal funds to county Family and Children First Councils to be used in conjunction with state, local and other federal funds to implement and maintain a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families.

The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS) is the lead agency administering HMG program in Ohio. HMG is administered through 88 county-level offices throughout the state. Through the 88 counties, children and families in every county in Ohio can access Early Intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to HMG. In order to refer a child to HMG for an evaluation, contact the central site office that serves the county in which the child and family reside.

Every Child Succeeds
Every Child Succeeds is a collaborative program in Greater Cincinnati that includes 16 provider agencies whose nurses, social workers and child development specialists provide home visits for first-time, at-risk mothers on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child's third birthday. The large-scale program serves families in seven counties in Ohio and Kentucky, and is yielding strong results.

Every Child Succeeds focuses on first-time mothers who are learning the parental role. Eligible moms are young, low-income, single and/or receiving inadequate prenatal care – factors that tend to put their children at higher risk for delayed development, abuse and neglect, and poor academic achievement.

Healthy Connections – Mercy Healthcare Center
A home visiting program for first time mothers. For more information call (419) 251-2456.

Local Early Childhood Initiatives with Programs for Families and Their Children
A map of five local early childhood initiatives are profiled. Some of these local initiatives have programs and resources for families. The models represent strategies employed by a variety of communities and funded through different streams.The age and scope of the programs vary. Given this, to obtain information about programs available in your local community can be obtained from these programs directly.
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