Support for families and children

  • An early childhood family resource night was held Wednesday at Hopewell School.
  • The goal was to connect families with supporting agencies in Coshocton County. There was also crafts, snacks and prizes.
  • Participating agencies included OSU Extension, health department, public library, Help Me Grow and others.
  • Agencies taking part said outreach event like this are a great way to share what they can offer to the community at large.

COSHOCTON — Connecting families with resources they might not know exist in the community was the goal of an early childhood family resource fair Wednesday at Hopewell School.

Shannon Shontz, director of education for the Coshocton County Board of Development Disabilities, said the first time event wasn’t just for Hopewell families, but the general public. They reached out through preschools and other outlets to invite those with children from birth to age 5. They hope to have similar events in the future.

Representatives from several local agencies spoke with attendees. This included the new Coshocton County Parent Mentor, the Ohio State University Extension Office of Coshocton County, Coshocton Public Library, Coshocton County Health Department, Kids America, CareSource, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, Help Me Grow and Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices. There were also crafts, prizes, snacks and more for youth.

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