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Here is the latest CEO News for September 2014

Foster Grandparents

  • The Foster Grandparents had their picnic on Thursday, August 28th.  Good food, laughs and their favorite, BINGO!!! Katherine shared a few jokes along with Kristin and Erin who greeted the grandparents. It was the windiest day of the summer!
  • There will be 2 trainings for the Foster Grandparents in 7 counties in September.  We are looking forward to the start of the new school year.

Food Pantry

  • September is Hunger Awareness Month.

Financial Resource Center

  • Completed their first Financial Foundations 5 week Budgeting Class with the current cycle of YouthBuild participants. If your program is interested in a 5 week class on Budgeting or a 5 week class on Asset Building and Credit Management, please contact Kristine Darling or Byron Smith.

Housing Solutions

  • Housing Solutions received a stellar review from OTDA on the 25th of June.

Early Childhood Programs

  • All Early Childhood staff came back for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday September 2nd. We kicked off the school year with great in-service training for our staff. We facilitated a two day conference training at the Hilton on Hoosick Street. Staff were able to participate in  a variety of training sessions to enhance their professional development. It was a great week for all staff and a great deal of useful information that staff will be able to apply in their daily work with children and families.
  • Early Head/Start and Head Start programming for children will resume on Monday September 8th for 12 month programs and Wednesday September 10th for 10 month programs. This school year we have reinstated the 52 Head Start children that we had to cut last school year due to sequestration. We re-opened a classroom at SSI and one at FRC. We also are expanding our preschool services at HFFRC and service 7 children. We are also expanding Head Start services to our collaboration with Hoosick Valley UPK.
  • September 16th will be Bring Your Father to School Day for all centers.

Community Connections

  • The Community Backpack program served a total of 580 kids this year. Volunteers engagement for this event  doubled from last year, expanding to include the Lions Club, Kohl’s Associates in Action, The Gap employees, I H S  Global Spec employees, Teal, Becker, and Chiaramonte CPA, PCs employees, and numerous individuals who worked tirelessly to make the distribution for this program a success. We have a limited number left and will give them to customers whose children are in grades 1-5 in Troy City Schools.   Customers can call the Service Navigator at 272-6012 ext 302 to arrange an appointment to come in to complete an intake for the backpacks.
  • Our internship program has placed 22 students from various area colleges for their Fall 2014 semester.