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FREE Daily Mindfulness Exercises for Youth

In partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, there are FREELY available 40+ weeks of daily mindfulness exercises for Children preschool age through 12th grade. The exercises are available as YouTube videos, designed to facilitate youth brain development with music and mindfulness instruction. A sample video is available for those interested. There

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Shared by United Resource Connection November 18, 2023

Afterschool Child Enrichment Savings Program

Ohio offers an Afterschool Child Enrichment Savings program which provides qualifying families with a $500 credit. The credit can be used to pay for a variety of enrichment activities, deemed to accelerate learning for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for: Before- or after-school educational

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Shared by United Resource Connection October 20, 2023

FREE CPS FALL Wrestling Clinic

Cincinnati Public Schools will be hosting a FREE youth wrestling clinic available for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The clinic will be held at Aiken High School, located at 5642 Belmont Avenue, on Saturday, October 21st. The clinic will be led by CPS Varsity Wrestling Coaches. The clinic will focus

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Shared by United Resource Connection October 3, 2023

Monthly Community Resource Fairs at Cincinnati Public Library

Free community resources fairs are held at the North Plaza of the downtown Main Library on the final Thursday of each month. These resource fairs offer individual assistance to get connected with area services, including access to free primary care health services and medicaid navigation, free legal aid, and discount

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Shared by United Resource Connection September 26, 2023

Free Afterschool Meals for Kids and Teens Available at Select Branch Libraries

Free afterschool meals for kids and teens are available at select library branches throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. In partnership with United Methodist Church Food Ministry, kids ages 1 through 18 can enjoy free meals Mondays through Fridays at the Library throughout the school year. There are 15 participating branches

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Shared by United Resource Connection September 8, 2023

Homeless Resources for Families with Children

Families comprise 40% of the homeless population. Children in these families typically change schools 7 to 8 times per year, significantly disrupting their peer relationships and education. Cincinnati Public Schools provides a program which works with several local agencies to help connect students and families experiencing homelessness with resources to

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Shared by United Resource Connection September 6, 2023

Tools for Children Impacted by Addiction

The National Association for Children of Addiction produces a booklet called “Tools for Kids” to support healthy development of children impacted by addiction in their family. The 2023 version of the booklet provides children with important information about addiction, how addiction impacts kids, what kids can do, and how children

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Shared by United Resource Connection September 1, 2023

$1000 Available for Eligible Families to Spend on Allowable Afterschool Activities

The State of Ohio provides financial assistance for a variety of educational and enrichment activities for eligible families. Ohio children ages 6 to 18 who meet income requirements or reside in a designated school district can receive up to $1,000 to spend on allowable activities. The application window for these funds

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Shared by United Resource Connection July 17, 2023

Programs for FREE Testing & Removal of Lead Paint Hazards in Apartments and Homes.

Dust containing lead paint particles have been found to present a significant risk for lead poisoning in children. This dust can shed from paint in houses and apartment buildings built before 1978, when use of lead paint was very prevalent in both public and private housing. How to Ascertain the

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Shared by United Resource Connection June 23, 2023

FREE Summer Learning Program & Prizes for Kids at Local Libraries

Research shows that kids who practice reading and math skills over the summer can keep and even improve upon the progress they made during the school year. Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Libraries are committed to helping kids do this, and have fun with it. With these objectives, the “Discover

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Shared by United Resource Connection June 22, 2023

2023 Summer Meal Finder Map

All children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months through a program offered by the Ohio Department of Education. Individuals ages 19 through 21 are also eligible for this program, if they have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities, and

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Shared by United Resource Connection June 13, 2023

Cincinnati Recreation Commission 2023 Summer Pool Openings

Summer recreational facilities, such as swimming pools, play a vital role in the development of youth, particularly for those from low-income backgrounds. Swimming pools provide an opportunity for children to engage in physical activity, socialize with peers, and learn important life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. For many low-income

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Shared by United Resource Connection June 1, 2023

FREE Literacy Classes for Children Aged 3 and 4, Wednesdays in June

Santa Maria Community Services is offering free reading classes, open to any family with a child aged 3 or 4 years old. Every participating child will receive free books and a backpack. The classes are designed to help improve language and literacy skills in children as they begin to read. Children

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Shared by United Resource Connection May 19, 2023