Head Start / Pre-K Newsletter – Now Online

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Interested in learning more about Community Action’s Head Start / Pre-K programs?  Looking for ideas for some fun family activities that stimulate creativity?  Ever thought about making your own bubbles?  Looking for recipes for healthy snacks that promote learning?  It’s all here in the Winter Edition of the Head Start / Pre-K Newsletter.  

For more information about Head Start or Pre-K, please call 315.782.4900, ext. 236.

Head Start Recruitment Underway

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Community Action Planning Council’s Head Start program is currently seeking children who will be 3 or 4 by December 1, 2018, for the next school year.

Head Start is a federally funded pre-school program that provides services to families at no cost. Most families must meet income guidelines.  We offer an inclusive setting for children with special needs, hearing, vision and developmental screenings and family support services. Transportation is offered within center boundaries.

It’s not too soon to contact us to schedule a time to complete an application with one of our staff members. Call 315.782.4900, extension 236.

Calling All Champions …

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… “Champions for Change” that is!

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and Community Action Planning Council are pleased to announce two exciting training opportunities, made possible in part by Watertown Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI).

Bridges out of Poverty Trainer Certification
Professionals who have familiarity with Bridges out of Poverty, having attended a full-day “Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities” workshop, have an opportunity to become lifetime certified Bridges trainers.  Representatives from all sectors are encouraged to participate, including human services, health care, legal, law enforcement, faith-based, education, business and employment.

This is a three-day training conducted by national Bridges out of Poverty consultants on April 9, 10 and 11.  Participants must attend all three days in order to earn certification.  Seating is limited.  Click here for details and registration link.

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By World Facilitator Training
Getting Ahead brings the Bridges out of Poverty material to individuals living in poverty by way of a 16-week workshop series.  Professionals who have strong familiarity with Bridges out of Poverty and work for an organization interested in facilitating a Getting Ahead workshop in the future are encouraged to register for this one-day training on April 12.  Seating is extremely limited with priority given to Getting Ahead graduates.  Click here for details and registration link.

For questions, please contact Dawn Cole at Community Action Planning Council at dcole@capcjc.org or 315.782.4900, extension 250.

Community Action Offers Free Tax Preparation

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It’s time to file state and federal income tax returns – a task that can be overwhelming and expensive!  If you’re living on a fixed income and need tax preparation assistance, we can help.

Community Action Planning Council is offering free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households.   Preparation services are available at two locations:

  • Community Action Planning Council – 518 Davidson Street Watertown
    Call 315.782.4900, extension 222 for an appointment

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – April 12, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Saturday appointments available; please call for more information.
  • American Legion – 415 West Street Carthage
    Call 315.493.1545 for an appointment.

    Wednesdays, February 7 – April 11, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

IRS-certified volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation (Forms 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ).  Electronic filing and direct deposit are offered.  To qualify for free tax preparation services, household income must not exceed $56,000.  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, form 1095-A if purchased health insurance through the NYS Marketplace, and a copy of last year’s tax return, as well as any other relevant documents.  Last year, Community Action assisted 515 households through the filing process, helping them to qualify for a more than $605,000 in refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).

For more information or to make an appointment at the Watertown site, call 315.782.4900, ext. 222. For appointments at the Carthage site, please call 315.493.1545.