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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)-Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Spring Subsidy

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Spring Subsidy enrollment will begin on April 16 and run through May 31, 2024.

Spring Subsidy Cooling Component is designed to help offset the cost of a household’s electric cost, providing eligible households a one-time benefit ranging from $38 to $200 depending on income levels and housing category.

Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the electric vendor.

Interested households should contact Central KY Community Action Council’s Community Services in Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington Counties to apply. All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of income from the preceding month for all members of the household.
  • Most current electric bill, statement from your landlord if electric is included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

Spring Subsidy DOES NOT require a disconnect notice, a past due bill, or eviction notice. The Subsidy benefit can be applied as a credit on your account. Assistance received during previous LIHEAP components does not affect household’s eligibility.

Community Action Kentucky administers LIHEAP in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services who receive the funding as a pass-through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Head Start Monthly Profile for March 2024

CKCAC HEAD START
Monthly Profile March 2024 

ENROLLMENT    Head Start:  470 children  /Early Head Start:  24 children

ATTENDANCE      Head Start: 83%               Early Head Start: 88%                        

SPECIAL EDUCATION   

# of Children with an IEP or IFSP: 82

% of Funded Enrollment: 16%    

EDUCATION                                                          

fall, 2023 Classroom Assessment                             

Scoring System Data:                                      

Social Emotional Domain: 6.16

Classroom Organization Domain: 5.67

Instructional Support Domain: 3.27

PFCE   

Recent Family Advocate Community Partner Referrals: Commonwealth ABA, Communicare, Community Action (CSBG), Community Collaboration for Children, Department for Community Based Services, Feeding America

SAFETY

# Of Incident Reports for February: 37

MENTAL HEALTH                                                

# of Referrals in February: 3

# of Students who began Mental Health Services in February: 2 

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Areas Monitored: Family Outcomes

Assessments: Family Advocate Second Contacts

March Policy Council Meeting: March 21, 2024 at 11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

CKCAC HEAD START

March 2024 Newsletter Article
 
As we begin 2024, Central Kentucky Head Start is full speed ahead with our school year! Spring Break is quickly approaching, and we are excited for warmer weather!
 
Central Kentucky Head Start is excited to welcome two new Center Managers: Christy Lucas (Radcliff) and Allison Jones (LaRue County). Center Managers are crucial in the success of Central Kentucky Head Start and we are glad to have Christy and Allison join our team.
 
Stephanie Simmons from our regional training office has visited Central Kentucky Head Start numerous times over this school year. Her most recent visit was February 21st and 22nd. Ms. Simmons helped educate staff about the Pyramid Model for managing classrooms and Implicit Bias training for our Family Advocates to better serve families. Central Kentucky Head Start is consistently seeking ways to improve how we serve children and families. Ongoing training is a key element of that effort.
 
Lastly, recruitment season for the new school year has begun! We would love to hear from you if you have any kiddos in your world for whom Head Start would be a good fit. Please feel free to visit our website (www.CKYHS.org) or find us on Facebook to find more information. We have worked hard to get billboards for Central Kentucky Head Start in our communities, will be joining local radio stations over the coming months, and if you are in Elizabethtown and go to the movies, you may also see us in this commercial or go to https://vimeo.com/896579298/11d5070250?share=copy
 
Thank you for your ongoing support of Central Kentucky Head Start!
 

Family Child Care Homes/Unaffiliated Centers Food Program (FCCH/UC)

National CACFP Week is March 10-16, 2024! CACFP week is a national education and information campaign in the third week of March sponsored annually by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. It’s designed to help get the word out about how the USDA’s Child & Adult Food Program works to combat hunger. Central Kentucky Community Action Council is a proud CACFP Sponsor of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) and Unaffiliated Centers (UC) throughout 19 Kentucky counties. We currently sponsor 22 FCCH and are in the process of getting state approval for a newly opened Family Child Care Home in Woodford County, which will make 23. One of CKCAC’s sponsored centers closed in Hodgenville this past December, and another one decided to begin filing independently as of the January 2024 reporting. We have since picked up two additional centers in their place. One is a new center in Hardin County and the other is a center under new ownership and a new name in Franklin County. This brings our UC sponsorship total to 23. We are also in the process of getting application approval with the state to sponsor a new UC opening in Lincoln County and another center located in Mercer County. This will bring UC sponsorship to 25 once they’re approved.
 
Please join us as we participate with the National CACFP Sponsors Association in getting the word out about CACFP especially during National CACFP Week March 10-16, 2024! If you know of a Family Child Care Home and/or Day Care Center who is not currently participating in the food program and would like more information, please have them contact CKCAC’s FCCH/UC Director Kathy Hagan at 270-692-2136 Ext. 501.
 
C = Community
The CACFP community works to ensure that all children have access to healthy foods. Share CACFP Week on social media and out in your community.
 
A = Awareness
Together we can raise awareness of how the CACFP works to combat hunger. Learn what you can do to promote the CACFP and advocate with a press release, a letter to congress, and a request for proclamation.
 
C = Children
Children receive healthy and nutritious meals through the CACFP. Educate children and parents about the CACFP with these fun activities and communication tools.
 
F = Food Program
The CACFP helps children learn healthy eating habits. Find out why breakfast is the most important meal of the day and learn some tips for getting kids to try new foods.
 
P = Participate
Hundreds of thousands of people participate in the CACFP administering the program or caring for children and adults. Show your appreciation to all of those who work with CACFP every day.

Community Collaboration for Children (CCC)

 

Spring is here and Community Collaboration for Children has been busy planning April Child Abuse Awareness Month. We have pinwheels and signs that will be distributed among our 8 counties. We are having a Caregivers conference at the Hardin County Extension Office on April 10th 8:30- 1:00. April 24th 9:00- 4:00 Family Thrive training also at Hardin County Extension Office. For more information contact ronda.bertrand@ckcac.org
 
Parent Engagement Meeting Program helping to prevent truancy in Washington County Elementary schools. We are expanding Elizabethtown City schools.
 
The Trail of Hope Regional Networks Build A Bed program has been extremely busy already making sure 127 children have a bed. We are working on sponsorships to purchase bed frames, mattresses, bedding, and pillows. Trail of Hope Regional Network will meet in person at Hardin County Extension Office in Elizabethtown at 10 AM. Our last meeting will be May 8th. If you are interested in being a network member please reach out to Ronda Bertrand, CCC Network Coordinator at 270-692-7553.
 
Wow!! Cakes 4 Kids volunteers have been busy the past several months. CCC has delivered 18 cakes to our families.

 

Goode News – March 2024

We hope this March newsletter finds you well as we transition into the spring season. March brought CKCAC some important updates in LaRue County from the Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) that we’d like to share with you:
 
  1. CATS Transportation, CSBG, and Kentucky Works Relocation: We’re excited to announce that CKCAC’s CATS Transportation, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs, and Kentucky Works services have relocated to a LaRue County Building on 138 Phillips Lane in Hodgenville. This move aims to enhance accessibility and efficiency in delivering vital transportation and support services to individuals and families in LaRue County. This move will benefit our work in LaRue County
  2. LaRue Senior Center Renovations: The LaRue Senior Center is currently undergoing renovations to improve its facilities and services for our beloved seniors. LaRue County Judge and CKCAC board member Judge Blake Durrett is creating a welcoming and comfortable environment where seniors can engage in social activities, access resources, and receive the support they need. Judge Durrett anticipates completing the renovations soon and CKCAC looks forward to serving our seniors in the revitalized center.
We’re dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families in LaRue County and the entire Lincoln Trail Area that is covered by CKCAC, and these updates represent our ongoing efforts to meet the evolving needs of our community. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work together to build a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
 
If you have any questions or would like more information about these updates, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We value your feedback and input.
 
More to come…………….much more

Goode News – February 2024

As we navigate through the chill of February, we at Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) are committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of all individuals and families in our community. With temperatures dropping, it’s crucial to address the importance of weatherization to keep homes warm and energy efficient.
Community Assistance Programs:
CKCAC understands that financial constraints may hinder access to weatherization services. Our agency offers various assistance programs to support eligible individuals and families in improving their home’s energy efficiency:
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): LIHEAP provides financial assistance to eligible households for heating and cooling expenses, including weatherization services.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP): WAP offers free weatherization services to income-qualified households, helping reduce energy costs and improve home comfort. CKCAC will work to reduce energy waste and assure the health and safety of each client we serve. Trained technicians can help qualifying low-income families improve the overall energy efficiency of their homes, saving money and enhancing the quality of life for residents.
  • Utility Bill Payment Assistance: Our agency collaborates with utility providers to offer payment assistance programs, helping alleviate the burden of high energy bills.
Stay Informed and Prepared:
As winter weather persists, staying informed and prepared is crucial. Keep abreast of weather forecasts and take proactive measures to safeguard your home and family from the cold. In case of emergencies or weather-related concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to local authorities for assistance.
For more information about our weatherization services and assistance programs, please contact Central Kentucky Community Action at 270-692-2136 or visit our website www.ckcac.org. Our dedicated team is here to support you in creating a safer, more comfortable home environment.
Stay warm and stay safe, more to come, much more……………….

Senior Companion Program (SCP)

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is actively looking for volunteers…

We are starting to see an increase in the number of volunteers in the Senior Companion Program. This is very exciting for us. We have welcomed one new volunteer in Grayson County and three new volunteers in Marion County. We are in the process of bringing on a new volunteer in Nelson County just this week and should be starting the process with a new volunteer in Hardin County next week.
 
We are very excited to get to introduce the program to new volunteers and work with them as they bring so much assistance to the frail elderly members of our communities. The bonds that these seniors are creating are so important to the people they assist and to the families of those clients.
 
We will also be having our in-service training sessions starting again in February. This is an important opportunity for our volunteers to share with one another their blessings and struggles that they encounter in their community service. They offer support, advice, and friendships to one another. Watching these relationships grow is something that we truly enjoy. If you would like to make new friends in our community and be of assistance to an elderly person or persons who is trying to maintain their independence in their home, please contact us here at The Senior Companion Program. You can reach our director at (270) 270-692-2136 ext. 601 or (270) 402-7194 or email mary.blake@ckcac.org