Avalon Family Resources

December 2022

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DISTRICT RESOURCES

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i-Ready Support for Families

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an online program that adjusts its questions to suit a student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning.

i-ready Family Center is available to help families best support students using the i-Ready program.

Free Kindergarten Readiness Program for CCS Families

Columbus City Schools has a special initiative for our city’s youngest learners. Waterford Upstart is an at-home kindergarten readiness program that gives 4-year-olds a fun start in reading, math, and science in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.


For CCS families unable to enroll in an in-person Pre-K classroom, this free, proven program helps children develop the foundational skills they need to be kindergarten ready!


  • It’s Free: Waterford Upstart is a free online program to help your child get ready for kindergarten. Everything you need is included, even a free computer and internet hotspot.
  • It’s Simple: Your child completes lessons independently in just 15 minutes a day. The program keeps their interest with fun books, songs, and activities that are right on their skill level.
  • It Works: On average, children who use Waterford Upstart enter kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level!
  • Reading Skills: Students learn Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Reading and Listening Comprehension skills, Real Words and Sight Words, and Vocabulary.


For more information about the robust in-person Columbus City Schools Early Childhood Education program and the Waterford Upstart initiative, please visit www.ccsoh.us/prek.

INSIDE CCS PODCASTS

Every week, Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Tyler Carter, the District’s multimedia journalist, will take a deeper look at the latest news and updates from across CCS.

HOLIDAY EVENTS AND WINTER BREAK IDEAS

Community Day at Franklin Park Conservatory


Community Day is the first Sunday of every month. Residents of Columbus and Franklin County receive free General Admission. Identification is required.


Community Days include access to the entirety of our gardens and collections and current daytime exhibitions. Admission to special engagements on select evenings (Chihuly Nights, Pumpkins Aglow, Conservatory Aglow) is not included. More information on Conservatory offerings and ticketing is available below.


The December Community Day is sponsored by the Papier Family, in memory of Bruce Papier. Thanks to their generous support, event attendees can enjoy:

  • A performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir at 2pm

  • Popcorn (1 bag per group, while supplies last)

  • Children’s light-up necklaces (while supplies last)

  • Children’s activities


Additional Info.:

- ALL AGES

- FREE WITH COLUMBUS OR FRANKLIN COUNTY ID

- SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022

- 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM


TC@FPCONSERVATORY.ORG

Columbus Zoo Wildlights Stuff the Truck Food Drive Benefitting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Friday, December 3, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm


With the holiday season upon us and the spirit of giving in the air, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is conducting the Wildlights Stuff The Truck Food Drive benefitting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.


Every guest bringing in 6 non-perishable food items to the Zoo will receive one free admission to Wildlights only this particular day/evening. Participants can also show one of the cans/boxes they are donating to the parking booth attendant to receive free parking.


Cans will stop being collected at 9:00 pm.

Recreation and Parks "Schools Out" Program - Winter Break Now Registering

Youth need opportunities for fun, engaging enrichment experiences when school is out. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Schools Out program opens recreation centers for extended hours during Columbus City Schools upcoming winter break.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Christmas Meals and Toy Resources 2022

Christmas Meals and Toy Resources for families:



Clintonville Community Resource Center

https://www.clintonvillecrc.org/

14 W. Lakeview Ave. Columbus, OH 43202

(614) 268-3539


Columbus Dream Center

https://www.columbusdreamcenter.org/holidays

38 W. Greenwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Contact the Center for Details: (614) 547-3138


United Methodist Church & Community Development for All People Free Store and Christmas Shop

https://www.4allpeople.org/FreeStore

946 Parsons Ave, Columbus OH, 43206

Contact: (614) 445-7342


Central Community House

https://www.cchouse.org/blog/holidays-at-central-community-house

Christmas Food Basket Giveaway 1150 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205

Contact: (614) 252-3157


St. Stephen's Community House

https://www.saintstephensch.org/neighborhood-services/

1500 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

Contact: (614) 294-6347


Firefighters for Kids

https://www.firefighters4kids.com/

Click on participating websites provided to learn more and register Assistance with toys and gifts for children in Franklin County under 14 years old

Contact: (614) 633-5259


P.E.E.R Center

East Center 205 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, Oh 43213

Contact for additional information: (614) 453-4830

West Center 860/866 West Broad St. Columbus, Oh 43222

Contact for additional information: (614) 453-4840


Salvation Army

https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/home/

See flyer below Neighborhood Services (NSI) www.Neighborhoodservicesinc.org

1950 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201

Contact: (614) 297-0592


Victory Ministries Center of Hope

www.victorycoh.org

3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

Contact: (614) 252-2500


Broad Street United Methodist Church (UMC) Outreach www.broadstreetumc.net/ministries/#belove

501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Contact: (614) 221-4571


Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

www.stowemission.org

Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206

Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206

Contact: (614) 445-8400


* PLEASE NOTE: Each agency has its own guidelines and availability of food and gifts. Please contact agencies directly to ensure holiday help is available. Many of these agencies require donation requests several weeks prior to the holiday. Please plan accordingly.

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Ohio Hispanic Coalition After School Programming

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Action For Children

Father Up: https://www.actionforchildren.org/fatherup/

Mother's Matter: https://afclearning.org/event/mothers-matter-oct-25-dec-13-2022/


Resources and activities for children of every age: https://www.actionforchildren.org/resources-activities/


  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Science
  • Art
  • Cyber Security
  • Emotional Wellness
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Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County (UMADAOP) - Youth Led Program

65 Parsons Ave

Columbus, OH 43215

Main office: (614) 227-9694
Fax: (614) 227-0370

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Nationwide Children's Hospital

Click Here for 5 Things You Can Give Your Children That Don't Cost a Thing

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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that provides eligible Ohioans assistance with their home energy bills. This one-time benefit is applied directly to the customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill.


Click on the link below:

https://development.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/development/individual/energy-assistance/1-home-energy-assistance-program?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=210152LIHEAP

Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP)


The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) helps eligible Ohioans manage their energy bills year- round. Payments are based on a percentage of household income and are consistent year-round.


Click on the link below:

https://development.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/development/individual/energy-assistance/2-percentage-of-income-payment-plan-plus?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=210152LIHEAP

Heatshare Programs Assistance programs offered by electric and natural gas utilities.

The HeatShare programs are administered by the Salvation Army to help qualifying households pay for natural gas bills. These programs typically run from January until May, or until funds are depleted.


Click on the link below:

https://puco.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/puco/utilities/gas/resources/heatshare

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