Community Collaboration for Children Lincoln Trial Network meeting will be held on September 15th at 10 AM on Zoom. The Network will be planing upcoming events for the year. If you would like to be a part of the Trail of Hope Network please send Ronda Bertrand an email at

CCC In-home services have been extremely busy this summer with referrals. We are working with families daily to educate, empower and connect families to resources and supports while promoting a nurturing, stable, and safe home environment. We are working with Cakes4Kids to celebrate their special day. We have given 6 birthday cakes out over the past three months.


After five months of not having any centers or homes temporarily close due to COVID, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is starting to experience more closures than ever before. In the month of August alone there were seven centers and five homes, that participate in the program, that had to shut down and quarantine for ten days. This is not only difficult for the centers and their staff but for the parents of the students attending. Since children 12 and under are still not allowed to receive the vaccination, we do not foresee the closures dying down anytime soon.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program assists 53 childcare centers and family care homes in our region with receiving reimbursement to help offset the costs of serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.

Many certified childcare homes can qualify for this reimbursement program as well as many daycare centers across the state. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please call the director, Jane Claire, at 270-402-1977.

Goode News

Goode News – September 2021 

I recently spoke along with Frank Thompson, a Senior Citizen who attends the Senior Congregate meals in Bardstown, at the kick off for the Tri County United Way.   Frank spoke about the funds given that went toward the Senior Centers meals in Marion, Nelson and Washington County.

The Tri-County Kentucky United Way is an organization aimed at promoting teamwork among the Human and Health service agencies serving the people in Marion, Nelson and Washington Counties and providing a one stop donation method for those concerned with the health and welfare of their neighbors, friends and family living, working and visiting our counties.

Tri-County Kentucky fights for the Education, Financial Stability and Health of every person in every community in Marion, Nelson, and Washington Counties.  They bring people together to tackle tough issues and to develop sustainable solutions.  Through your support, local programs are currently addressing the needs of those that need it most.

The Tri County United Way support programs and discussions that provide the building blocks for a good quality of life and help to build stronger communities. The building blocks are:

Education: Offer a comprehensive approach to education that spans from cradle to career to help children and youth stay on track and succeed in school

Financial Stability: Assist and empower people to get on stable financial ground to help individuals and communities thrive and succeed

Health: Promote assistance to individuals suffering from issues such as substance abuse, physical and mental illness, aging, domestic violence, disability, or lack of health insurance.

We appreciate the many efforts of the Tri County United Way and the Executive Director Laura Sedlatschek.  Reach out and consider a donation today by emailing her at  

More to come, much more…………

Welcome Back to School!

The Head Start and Early Head Start program has begun the 2021-2022 school year on a positive note.  Students, families, and employees are grateful for In-Person instruction and are hopeful to continue in this manner.  Parents and teachers, as a community, are working together to support their children emotionally and academically.  Researched based curriculums such as Frog Street Press, Second Steps, and Conscious Discipline are making a difference as we engage children during the Global Pandemic to manage the new norm.  Safety procedures have been established according to CDC guidelines and carried out in all of our Head Start locations to include masks requirements when counties are at the red or orange level in accordance to reported COVID cases. 

Based on reflective surveys and open communication, Head Start and Early Head Start administration has implemented strategies that not only benefit the families and their children but also supports the employees.  One big change for this school year is the addition of a third teacher in each classroom in our region.  This is not only another way to ensure the safety of children throughout the day but also allows for more one on one academic time.  The Springfield and Lebanon Head Start centers began their school year in new facilities.  Both facilities are a modern take on the Head Start center and offer plenty of space and opportunities for learning.  We appreciate the community and parents for their patience, feedback, and suggestions as the arrival and departure procedures were planned and executed in a timely method.  Transportation is now being offered at several of our locations as new buses are begin dispersed across our service area.  The new buses provide a safe and accommodating environment to transport children to and from school.  Parents have the opportunity to take part in Parent University.  Parent University is a community collaborative that supports parents as full partners in their children’s education.  The program offers free courses, family events, and activities to foster new/additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence.  The goal of Parent University is to raise children who are successful in school and in life.  As September begins, students are learning about their senses, feelings, and families.  Learning more about ourselves, our community, and the world around us leads to children who are more compassionate and resilient.