Santa Maria Awarded Grant Toward Promoting Our Preschoolers Program

Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a one-year grant from the SC Ministry Foundation toward its Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) Program. The POP Program is one of Santa Maria’s family-focused kindergarten-readiness programs that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home-visitation. This program was made possible through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation, which promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

During home visits, parents receive support, education, and referrals for children and the family. Children receive developmental screens, educational supplies, and participate in home or group-based learning opportunities to increase their success in school and life. The program works jointly with families to help get 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 barriers to school readiness are removed.

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Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization originally founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1897 and place-based in Cincinnati Ohio’s Price Hill community. Santa Maria provides more than 3,000 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Our Price Hill Family Centers provide a welcoming environment and the coaching, support, and flexibility to assist families to achieve their identified goals toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. Our mission is to be a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. Our vision is for Greater Price Hill to be a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community.

Christy Cauley
Santa Maria Community Services
(513) 557-7297