SC Ministry Foundation Backs Santa Maria’s Efforts for Kindergarten-Readiness

CINCINNATI, OH – Santa Maria Community Services is excited to announce that it has been granted a one-year award from the SC Ministry Foundation for its Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) program.

The POP program is Santa Maria’s comprehensive family-focused kindergarten-readiness initiative that fosters collaboration among families, schools, and the community through home visitations. During these home visits, parents receive invaluable support, education, and referrals for their children and family. Children are provided with developmental assessments, educational resources, and opportunities for home or group-based learning to enhance their readiness for success in school and life. The program collaborates closely with families to prepare children for kindergarten by strengthening their reading, language, and social skills, with the aim of facilitating a seamless transition into school for preschool-age children while eliminating barriers to school readiness.

The Promoting Our Preschoolers program was made possible in part through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation, which promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. The grant runs from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

“Santa Maria was established by two Sisters of Charity in 1897, and we are profoundly appreciative of the ongoing support from the SC Ministry Foundation as we continue the enduring mission to empower families to help themselves,” remarked H.A. Musser, Jr., President and CEO of Santa Maria. “With their support, we can ensure that at-risk children are offered enriching and inspiring opportunities to prepare them for kindergarten.”

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About Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.: 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 2,500 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. Learn more at

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Christy Cauley                                                             November 21, 2023

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

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