September Program Shares

Kudos to all of our programs as we continue to practice social distancing and use new ways to connect with our teams and our students. We hope that these activities shared by the Center of Hope, Gallia-Vinton and Wood County ESCs help to fuel your creativity and passion for continuing support of your youth and families via the 21st CCLC grant program. Please read below for more information about the work and accomplishments of the following programs through September of 2020:

Center of Hope (ELEVATE), Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center, and Wood County Educational Service Center’s Community Learning Centers.

Center of Hope’s ELEVATE (Northwest Region)

In April of 2020, Center of Hope Family Services (COHFS) commissioned the Measurement Resources Company (MRC) of Columbus to conduct a study on the social return on investment (ROI) for the agency’s programs.

MRC said that Center of Hope’s willingness and ability to look for results set the agency apart from similar organizations. Their studies show that only 25% of non-profits are in a position to measure a social ROI.

Measurement Resources recently wrote an article on the study they did for the Center of Hope.  The entire report can be downloaded; here are some of the highlights that Measurement Resources identified:

  • 63% Program Success Rate—On average, 63% of COHFS participants achieved desired outcomes;
  • $2,373 Cost Per Success—It costs COHFS approximately $2,373 to get one client to a successful outcome;
  • $16,461 in Future Community Cost Savings—For every $2,373 donated to COHFS, the organization generates at least $16,461 in per person community savings, which amounts to a
  • 594% Social Return on Investment.

That means for every dollar invested in programs at the Center of Hope, the community receives a $5.94 return on investment.

More results from the study below:

  • From December 2018-April 2019, 81% of students improved in reading and 73% improved in math;
  • In 2017-2018, the rate of students reading at grade level doubled at Old West End and quadrupled at MLK;
  • In 2018-19, the rate of regularly-attending students (30 days or more) at OWE who scored proficient or above rose from 46% to 69%/
  • MLK’s suspension rate dropped from 31.7% in 2017-18 to 5.9% in 2019-20
  •  92-100% of parents reported that ELEVATE helped their child get along better with other students, depending on the school; and
  • Over 80% of parents attended at least one event, the vast majority reported that ELEVATE informed them about community resources, and over half utilized those resources.

Sheri Chaney Jones, the founder of Measurement Resources, termed those results “quite impressive” and says that COH is a “high-performing organization.”  For Sheri’s more in-depth thoughts, please watch their video here.

Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center’s 21st CCLCs (Southeast Region)

Click on the image below to view the ESC Newsletter for October 2020 highlighting the work they do in SE Ohio. 

Wood County Educational Service Center’s Community Learning Centers (Northwest Region)

The Community Learning Centers of the Wood County ESC were awarded the Outstanding Partnership Award through the Bowling Green Center for Public Impact, for their continued work and partnership with the America Reads Program at BGSU. 

The Community Learning Centers and America Reads have partnered together for over 10 years to provide the STARS Program with qualified tutors, who support their elementary aged students with academics and homework help, along with being a positive role model and mentor that many of the students need. Their tutors are often seen on the swings with the students or playing a game of kickball; after physical activity, the tutors will assist students with academics, trying to get homework completed by the time the students leave. In a normal day, STARS staff are so busy with greeting parents, taking attendance, leading circle time, handling behavior issues, along with many other daily tasks. Therefore, the tutors provide the extra attention that students crave and desire. 

The partnership with America Reads will look different this year due to virtual tutoring. However, they are working tirelessly to ensure that the students receive the supports they need remotely. The Community Learning Centers are grateful to be presented with this award, and are looking forward to another great year ahead.


Friday, Oct. 23, 2020: Million Girls Moonshot – Meeting the Artemis Generation


NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Million Girls Moonshot invite afterschool programs across the country to participate in a special webcast entitled Million Girls Moonshot: Meeting the Artemis Generation this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET featuring NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli.

NASA recently signed a partnership agreement with the Million Girls Moonshot which is a national effort designed to engage 1 million girls in engineering by 2025. The Moonshot program activates state based afterschool networks to offer high quality STEM opportunities to students. To help launch the new partnership, NASA is hosting a special interactive webcast that will showcase engineering careers and real world applications of STEM. Students will be have their questions answered during the program. For more information view the attached flyer or follow them on Twitter. To view the webcast visit:

Rob LaSalvia
Partnership Manager
P: 216-433-8981
M: 216-258-7879

NASA Office of STEM Engagement

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Youth Financial Education

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently updated their youth financial education website with activities for grades K-12.  The activities are based on the building blocks of financial capability, a research-based framework to teach students at different development stages the skills and knowledge associated with adult financial well-being. The activities are intended to provide ease in incorporating financial education into instructional time. The resources include:

  • Searchable activities for grades K-12 including 250 free activities to teach the building blocks of financial capability across the curriculum, designed for use within a typical class period. Teachers can search by grade level, activity duration, and other key filters.
  • A video series to help you learn about the CFPB building blocks of youth financial education and how to implement financial education into your class.
  • Money Monster story series that focuses on important money concepts like borrowing, earning, protecting, saving, and spending to help introduce children to ideas, habits, and activities they will need as they grow up and start to manage their own money.
  • Student self-assessments to help you measure your student’s development of the three building blocks of youth financial capability.
  • Free printed resources for youth financial education such as story booklets, posters and bookmarks.

The resources have been developed with the help of financial literacy teachers and teachers of other subjects, including science and math.

Whether you use these resources with your students and/or share them with your networks, you are encouraged to provide feedback on your experience at

(FREE) Registration now open for Ohio’s Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

November 7, 2020 | Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Plan to attend Ohio’s Trauma-Informed Schools Conference hosted by the Ohio Department of Education. This event will be held virtually on Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., and a recording of the event will be available for one week after the conference for registered participants.

Ohio’s Trauma-Informed Schools Conference offers an opportunity to better understand the impact of trauma and how to apply trauma-informed practices at the district, building and classroom levels to best support the whole child. Virtual sessions will be led by educators, school support staff, practitioners and community partners and will provide tools and resources to implement trauma-informed practices in schools and classrooms.

Free continuing education credits will be available for educators, mental health providers and school nurses. More information can be found on the Trauma-Informed Schools Conference webpage.

A registration webpage for the event provides additional details about how to participate. More information about the event is available on the Department’s Trauma-Informed Schools Conference webpage.  

Contact the Office of Integrated Student Supports at or (614) 466-2945 with questions.

We encourage you during this time to share with other programs your innovations and successes amidst Ohio’s ordered school-building closure for COVID-19.

If you would like to be featured on this blog, please email a brief description and any attachments/links to Tabitha Palmer, our 21st CCLC Data Coordinator, at by the 9th of each month.

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