Head Start is the Best Start!

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Calling all parents of 3 and 4 year olds!

What: Open Application Day for our Jefferson County- FREE Pre-school Program

Where: Community Action Planning Council @ 518 Davidson St., Watertown, NY.

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, between 10 AM and 2 PM

How: Our Head Start staff will interview you. Please bring along income verification (paystubs, LES statements, tax forms, TANF /SSI statements, etc.) and proof of your child’s age (medical records, birth certificate, legal documents, etc.)

Let’s get your child signed up!
Head Start Open App Flyer 2016

Tax Preparation Services Available at Community Action

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Community Action Planning Council is offering free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households.  IRS-certified volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation (Forms 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ).  Well-trained, experienced tax preparers are knowledgeable about special tax credits, including Earned Income Tax Credit.  Electronic filing and direct deposit are offered.  To qualify for free tax preparation services, household income must not exceed $55,000.  Service is not available to small businesses or military households.   Tax preparation is offered by appointment only.  Individuals seeking free tax preparation services should plan to bring income statements (W-2, unemployment forms, 1099), photo ID, social security cards for all persons in the household, bank routing numbers if filing electronically and form 1095-A if purchased health insurance through the NYS Marketplace, as well as any other relevant documents.  Last year, Community Action assisted 912 households through the filing process, helping them to qualify for a total of $1.1 million in refunds.

The Affordable Care Act includes tax revisions, affecting individuals and families.  The law requires that tax filers and their dependents have health coverage, an exemption from coverage or make a payment with their return.  Those who purchased coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace may be eligible for the premium tax credit.  Tax filers who visit Community Action’s Watertown location will be able to meet with qualified individuals who can answer questions about coverage and help with the Marketplace enrollment process.  Representatives from North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council will be on site on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

For more information or to make an appointment at the Watertown or Adams locations, call 315.782.4900, ext. 271. For appointments at the Carthage or Clayton, call the phone numbers listed below.  Tax preparation is available at the following locations:

  • Community Action Planning Council – 518 Davidson Street Watertown
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, February 1 – April 15, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Village of Adams Office – 3 South Main Street Adams
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 2 – April 14, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Paynter Senior Center – 914 Strawberry Lane Clayton – Call 315.686.3553 for an appointment.
    Tuesday, February 23 & Thursday, March 24
  • American Legion – 415 West Street Carthage – Call 315.493.1545 for an appointment.
    Wednesdays, February 3 – April 13, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Raising of America Series to Air on WPBS World

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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better?

The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?

The Signature Hour covers all three of these issues. (The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look.)

The Raising of America Episode 1 airs on WPBS the first week of February. We at Community Action Planning Council have followed and supported screenings and discussions of this series for months, and now WPBS-WORLD is bringing it to our area. It is a thought-provoking film and will lead to conversation about our priorities and our community.

Contact Cathy Brodeur with your ideas and reactions to this show. A community effort can make significant change possible, and can inform policy and planning.

Airing on WPBS World*ROA-logo_flag-boy-wordmark

February 3 at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
February 4 at 2:00 AM
February 7 at 4:00 AM and 11:oo PM
February 8 at 3:00 AM

*Channel 1276 on Time Warner Cable or channel 16.3 / 18.3 over the air.  Dish Network, Direct TV, or other cable providers, check your local guide.