Blog Entries - 2015

2016 Library Play Groups

Posted on: December 30, 2015 11:00 am
If you care for children in your home and are looking for new activities, the library is offering Play & Learn. These groups provide opportunities for children to learn and explore while playing with others birth to five. All activities are designed to read more …

December Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: December 17, 2015 3:10 pm
The following staff were nominated for the December Above & Beyond Awards.  Cindy Jamison, Bersy Tudor and Shelly Brazier won the drawing for the gift cards.  Congratulations everyone, great work! Kathy Brown and Cindy Jamison - I would like to read more …

WCPO Toy Drive & Giving Tree Results

Posted on: December 17, 2015 3:00 pm
Thank you to Channel 9, Ken Broo, Rockin' Ron and Kroger Eastgate for their Toy Drive help.  Also special thanks to local businesses 4H, Alliance Data, Clark, Schaefer Consulting, LLC, GFK Custom Research, the Girl Scouts, Clermont Chamber, Baxla read more …

CNE Head Start Learns About Neighborhoods

Posted on: December 17, 2015 3:00 pm
Here at CNE Head Start Classroom 1 we are learning about “Neighborhoods”.   In the dramatic play area children are enjoying being a veterinarian.  While in the block area, children are building roads and talking about different read more …

Panel Addresses Psychiatry Concerns

Posted on: December 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Child Focus’ Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Laura Stith presented with Dr. Mark Hurst, Medical Director, OMHAS; Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, Associate Professor, UC and Dr. Mike Oberdoerster, Medical Director, CareSource at a recent Mental Health & read more …

Scarves Thank You & There's Still Time!

Posted on: December 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Thank you to those who attended the Making the Difference with Scarves event!  There is still an opportunity to support Making The Difference with Scarves' ongoing efforts to keep needy kids and families warm with handmade scarves and hats by read more …

Shaw Farm

Posted on: November 20, 2015 1:00 pm
Child Focus Home Base D had the wonderful opportunity to be enlightened and entertained by Shaw Farms. The children were involved in an interactive workshop that kept the children on their toes and ready engage with the farmer.  During the performance read more …

November 2015 Staff Above & Beyond/Hats Off

Posted on: November 20, 2015 12:00 pm
The following staff persons were nominated for the November Above & Beyond Awards.  Winners of the drawing were Cindi Garten, Amy Kelch, Eric Dean and Eric Boh.  Congratulations to all our nominees! Cindi Garten - Cindi has become such a read more …

You Can't Tell These are Pumpkins

Posted on: November 20, 2015 12:00 pm

At a November Town Hall Meeting, Early Learning Teachers had to decorate a pumpkin with their favorite storybook character.  Clearly our staff came up with some creative solutions!

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The Norwood Office is Open!

Posted on: November 18, 2015 6:00 pm
Child Focus has opened its Norwood Office at 4411 Montgomery Road, Suite 201.  Office hours are Mon.-Thurs. 12pm-8:30pm and Fri. 8am-4:30pm.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 685-5040.  Service information can be read more …

Vote Yes Issue #11 Mental Health Levy

Posted on: October 30, 2015 11:00 am
Vote Yes on Issue # 11 Clermont County Mental Health I know all of you are committed to serving children. I know that you are all aware of the critical need for children to have access to mental health services. It isn’t often that we get to stand up read more …

Park Cares Week

Posted on: October 30, 2015 11:00 am

Special thanks to Park National Bank staff for coming out to our child care centers to read stories and help with classroom literacy activities!  The kids had a blast and enjoyed our special visitors!

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Child Focus Goes Pink!

Posted on: October 30, 2015 11:00 am

Child Focus GOES PINK to support people we work with and love who are fighting breast cancer! 

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Giving Tree Starts Now!

Posted on: October 30, 2015 10:00 am
Sponsor a Giving Tree Child or Family this year! Items collected include clothing, food, cleaning supplies, gift cards, coats, shoes, toys and books.  100% of Giving Tree proceeds donated go directly to very high-need families currently involved in Child read more …

Staff Above & Beyond October 2015

Posted on: October 30, 2015 9:00 am
These staff were nominated for the October Above & Beyond Awards.  Winners of the drawing for a $25 gift card were Brittany Bray and Missy Hall.  Congratulations!  You are all commended for doing great work!  Brittany Bray - Brittany read more …

Support #11 Clermont Mental Health Levy

Posted on: October 27, 2015 3:00 pm
The CLERMONT COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY BOARD LEVY Information Important Levy Facts: This is a .5 mil renewal levy plus a .25 mil increase. It will increase property taxes by a small amount – $8.75 per $100,000 valuation (from $14.79 to read more …

The BIG Day of Foster Care

Posted on: October 9, 2015 3:00 pm
You are Invited to The BIG Day of Foster Care! On behalf of Councilmember Charlie Winburn, we invite you to partake in The BIG Day of Foster Care, a strategic and historic city-wide initiative that promotes high visibility, awareness and builds public will read more …

September 2015 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: September 28, 2015 2:00 pm
These staff members were nominated for the September Above & Beyond Awards.  Winners of the drawing were Marlene Jewel, Colleen Petrovsky, Cathy Krieg and Yvonne Wallace.  Thank you all for your dedication and hard work! Alma Boggs, Brenda read more …

My Feelings are a Work of Art Sept. 21-24

Posted on: September 16, 2015 12:00 pm
Children’s artwork created from My Feelings are a Work of Art projects were displayed from September 21-24 at the Eastgate Mall from noon to 6pm.  An art gallery reception was held on Tuesday, September 22 from 2pm-3:30pm.  The event was read more …

Child Focus, Inc. Expansion

Posted on: August 27, 2015 9:00 am
To meet the growing consumer needs in the Hamilton, Brown, Adams and Highland County areas, Child Focus, Inc. is expanding to facility locations in Norwood and Mt. Orab, Ohio.  Child Focus, Inc. has purchased the Cole Furniture Store in Mt. Orab read more …

School Supply Donations

Posted on: August 26, 2015 2:00 pm
THIS guy Wil is 10 years old, lives on the west side and spent some of his summer pulling a wagon around his neighborhood to collect school supplies for our Child Focus kids! Thanks, Wil!!! We also added them to our Clermont Chamber of Commerce and Bank With read more …

Annual Candlelight Vigil September 10

Posted on: August 26, 2015 1:00 pm
The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host its 14th annual candlelight vigil to remember, honor, and cherish the lives of those individuals lost to suicide in Clermont County over the past year.  Over five million living Americans have read more …

Thank You!

Posted on: August 24, 2015 12:00 pm
Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and supported The Encourage the Heart Dinner sponsored by Park National Bank, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, PNC Bank and Park National Bank and our Charity Golf Classic sponsored by Park National Bank read more …

Investigating the Natural World

Posted on: August 21, 2015 1:00 pm
Child Focus Center Based Early Head Start Room 10 class has been busy this summer investigating the natural world  around them. The children especially like exploring in the Butterfly Garden. Rocks, bugs, worms and frogs have been a highlight with this read more …

New Early Childhood Day Treatment Program & Open House

Posted on: July 23, 2015 1:00 pm
Young children continue to present with a variety of behavioral and mental health needs at younger and younger ages. In order to best serve these young children, a skilled mental health professional who is experienced working in the field of early childhood read more …

Full & Part Day Head Start/Preschool Enrolling Now!

Posted on: July 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Preschool age children in Clermont County can enroll in Head Start to learn the skills they will need to succeed in school. Head Start offers a home visitation program where early childhood home visitors assist families in creating nurturing and healthy read more …

Help with the Critical Blood Shortage Month of July

Posted on: July 22, 2015 2:00 pm
It is not too late to help Hoxworth Blood Center get critical blood donations to the children and adults who need it at over 30 Cincinnati Hospitals!  You can still give at  a blood drive this Saturday, July 25 from 9am-3pm at Glen Este Church read more …

From Russia with Love

Posted on: June 23, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Staff
Child Focus in collaboration with Xavier University has returned from Russia. Through a “Peer to Peer” grant funded through the US Embassy in Moscow, we were able to send three staff for one week to Ryazan, Russia. We presented programs for the read more …

Hoxworth Blood Drive at Child Focus

Posted on: June 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Giving
Please share with your family, friends and colleagues to register for the blood drive here at Child Focus Training Center on Thursday, July 2 from 8am to 2pm OR give at one of eight Hoxworth blood centers during the entire month of July and don’t forget read more …

June 2015 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: June 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Staff
Congratulations to all nominated staff for going Above & Beyond!  You will be receiving a gift card for your efforts! Nominated:  Will Cates Will has offered at least twice to come in at 8 a.m. when his shift at Miami Township starts at 2 p.m. read more …

Children's Theatre Visits Child Focus

Posted on: May 20, 2015 2:00 pm
Head Start Home Base B, C, and D had the wonderful opportunity to be enlightened and entertained by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. The performance “SPRING DAYS” was an interactive workshop that keep the children on their toes and read more …

Child Focus Presenting at OPEC

Posted on: May 20, 2015 2:00 pm
2015 Annual OPEC Conference June 29 – July 2, 2015 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio The goal of this conference is to promote collective impact through building the capacity of Ohio’s prevention, early intervention and treatment workforce for read more …

May 2015 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: May 20, 2015 1:00 pm
These staff were nominated for the May Above & Beyond Awards.  Congratulations to the winners of the drawing:  Danielle Smith, Kristen Scott and Shelly Baxter.  Great work, all of you! Shelly Baxter – Shelly led the 2nd largest group read more …

Thank You Bethel HS and Magnified Giving

Posted on: May 20, 2015 1:00 pm

Thank you to Magnified Giving and Bethel High School Teacher Diana Schellenberger and her students for selecting Child Focus Foster Care as their grant recipient.  Funding will go toward positive youth development opportunities for children in foster care like dance and music lessons, summer and sports camps.  Thank you!

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Two Great Events for One Great Cause!

Posted on: April 28, 2015 3:00 pm
The Child Focus Charity Golf Classic at The Golf Club at Legendary Run, sponsored by Ameritas Life Insurance and Park National Bank, is on Monday, August 10, 2015 with the range opening at 7:30am and shotgun start/golf scramble from 8:30am-2pm. read more …

Crisis Services: A Critical Community Support

Posted on: April 28, 2015 3:00 pm
Child Focus Crisis Services are a crucial part of mental health care and essential for the overall safety and well being of our community.  Crisis Services are utilized by individuals in crisis and their families, as well as health and mental health read more …

Register or Re-register Your Kroger Card

Posted on: April 28, 2015 3:00 pm
The Kroger Community Rewards Program donates money to Child Focus when a registered Kroger Plus Card is used at any Kroger store. A new program year begins on May 1, 2015. Kroger requires all participants to register their Kroger Plus Card. If you have read more …

April 2015 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: April 24, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Staff
These Early Childhood staff were nominated for the April Above & Beyond awards by their co-workers.  Winners of the drawing were Sandra Alonso and Pat Pack.  Congratulations, and good work, all of you!   Sandra Alonso - I can call on read more …

YOU Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Posted on: April 24, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Training
Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This means that whether you work with youth, are a read more …

Summertime Employment Opportunity for Youth

Posted on: April 24, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Youth employment
If you receive Medicaid or Food Assistance your 16-24 year-old youth may be eligible for paid summertime employment through the TANF Summer Youth Employment Program through Clermont County Job and Family Services (JFS.)  JFS is determining the read more …

New Child Focus Website is Here!

Posted on: April 13, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Child focus
We are proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned website:  It has been crafted to reflect what our families and stakeholders told us they need now but also builds upon technology capable of addressing future read more …

Ready for Kindergarten

Posted on: April 1, 2015 2:10 pm
Tags: Bilingual
Child Focus receives funding from United Way for three programs: Mental Health in Early Childhood, Bilingual Preschool and Learning Bridge Programs. All programs focus on preparing children for success in Kindergarten, school and life. Child Focus’ read more …

Calling All Head Start Graduates

Posted on: April 1, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Head start
We recognize the important contributions Head Start makes to children, families, and the community. In honor of Head Start’s 50th Anniversary, we are embarking on a project to celebrate the accomplishments of Head Start graduates in our own Clermont read more …

Why I'm a Foster Parent

Posted on: April 1, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Foster care
Consider becoming a foster parent…the children of our community need us. On any normal day, my mind immediately goes to the kids. What time to I get them on the bus, is there a test at school, what time is that doctor appointment and how many kids will read more …

February/March Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Staff
These staff were nominated by their peers for the Above & Beyond Award for February and March and each received a $25 gift card: Ruth Cusick - Ruth and I have been working with a family that does not speak English as their primary language.  They read more …

Head Start Turns 50!

Posted on: February 5, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Head start
For fifty years Head Start has been the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services - they read more …

Clermont Chamber Annual Dinner Focuses on Early Learning

Posted on: January 30, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Head start
Don’t miss the Clermont Chamber Annual Meeting and Small Business Development Center Excellence Awards Luncheon on Friday February 6, 2015. Retired Chairman/CEO of the Procter & Gamble Company, John Pepper will be the keynote speaker for this read more …