United Way donation

Pictured Left-to-right: United Way Volunteer Executive Director Jama Cobb, PICCA Early Childhood Assistant Director Debbie Hoffman, and United Way Board of Trustees chair Nathan Anderson.

Senior Reporter

CIRCLEVILLE — The United Way of Pickaway County, as a part of its enduring commitment to its community, has given the Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA) a second quarter funding award in the amount of $9,500.

Specifically, the funding will go toward PICCA’s Head Start and Early Head Start preschool, Wheels to Work program, Homelessness Prevention program, Education and Training initiative, and Free Tax Clinic initiative. These programs all align with the United Way’s locally sourced impact areas of health, income support, safety net services, and education.

As a part of the award, PICCA Head Start is able to employ a behavior specialist to provide services that include screenings, training to staff, and evaluations to the more than 75 students enrolled in the preschool annually.

The goal of the PICCA Head Start Program is to increase school readiness for children, with a focus especially on physical health, mental health, or social development. The organization is committed to working with parents to support them in the start of their child’s academic journey and to promote a value for education. Head Start is a school readiness program that includes the domain of social-emotional learning.

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