Medicare Part D Assistance Available

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Senior Centers are partnering with Benefits Counselors from Kentucky Legal Aid to assist seniors with Medicare Part D.  Counselors will be on hand to help individuals enroll in a Part D plan, assist in selecting Part D plans as well as applying for the Extra Help Program.

Dates for help with Medicare Part D are listed by location below:

  • November 1, 2016 - Warren County Senior Center 9:30am to Noon
  • November 3, 2016 – Edmonson County Senior Center 9:30am to Noon
  • November 15, 2016 – Russellville Senior Center 1pm to 3pm
  • November 17, 2016 – Adairville Senior Center 1pm to 3pm
  • November 29, 2016 - Hart County Senior Center 9:30am to Noon
  • December 1, 2016 – Allen County Senior Center 9:30am to Noon

For location addresses, click here.



All children need immediate feedback to assist in developing the neuron connections within the frontal cortex that are associated with self-regulation, including decision making.

One form of feedback is encouragement, the acknowledgement of a young child’s effort. When a child feels that his effort is recognized and appreciated, he develops a desire to try harder in the future. You can also use encourage-ment before and after an activity to help the child improve his behavior.

It’s important to remember that PRAISE and ENCOURAGEMENT are not the same.

 Encouragement focuses on effort.

 Encouragement is specific and honest.

 Encouragement does not set children up for failure or comparison.

 Encouragement helps children develop an appreciation of their own behaviors.


Four Great Reasons to Read to a Child Every Day

Þ Basic Speech Skills—Throughout Head Start, children are learning crucial language and enunciation skills.  By listening to you read, you reinforce the basic sounds that form language. 

Þ Better Communication Skills—When you spend time reading, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way.  By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books read, as well as the contact with you during story time, children gain valuable communication skills. 

Þ Mastery of Language—Early reading for infants and toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.

Academic Excellence—One of the primary benefits of reading to children is a higher aptitude for learning in general.  Numerous studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading before kindergarten are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.


5 Tips for Engaging Parents

1. Provide handouts at the beginning of every school year.  Include words to songs that will be sung in your classroom, at home activities, and other tips for connecting to a particular skill at home.

2. Provide nametags for parents too.  When parents are identified by name in your program, it is better communicated that they are an important part of the classroom.

3. Greet every parent and child.  Making eye contact and addressing each participant relays the message that you see them as an important part of the program.

4. Make an announcement at the beginning.  Explain to adult participants at the very beginning of your school year that they are important to helping their child prepare for kindergarten.  Explain that parents are their child's first and best teacher and explain that children will value the things that their parents see as important.  For this reason, parents/caregivers should be an active part of the program.

5. Activities should be fun for adult, too!  Choose activities and books that you enjoy and-it will be obvious to children and adults, and will encourage them to participate, too. 


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