Santa Maria provides multiple early childhood services to help children and caregivers overcome the barriers that limit their ability to change their circumstances and to find the means toward improved education. Santa Maria was chosen as the lead agency by the Place Matters initiative in the area of Early Childhood/Youth Development programming in Price Hill.
Santa Maria has adopted the Every Child Succeeds® program, which offers mothers and their families support to ensure an optimal start for their children. Every Child Succeeds® is a collaborative, evidence-based home-visitation program that includes 9 provider agencies whose social workers, child development specialists and nurses provide services for at-risk mothers on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child’s third birthday and is designed to optimize child development and promote a variety of positive outcomes. Call 513-687-2852 to sign up.
Santa Maria’s Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) is Santa Maria’s family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home visitation. Through home visits participants will receive: developmental screens, parent support and education, advocacy and referrals for Price Hill’s children and their families. Children receive educational supplies and participate in home or group-based learning opportunities to increase the child’s success in school and life. The parents are also engaged and introduced to the wealth of other programs available at our agency so that we are working on goals for the whole family. Both programs work jointly with families to help get their children ready for kindergarten by building reading, language and social skills, and seeks to create a seamless transition into school for preschool-age children while ensuring that barriers to school readiness are removed.