Archive for December, 2013


Pioneer’s Christmas Program


CHS Choir Visits Pioneer

Check out students from Chillicothe High School Symphonic Choir during their visit to the Pioneer Center to sing Christmas Carols for the students.


Free Pre-K Literacy Program Aims to Help Future Cavs

The Pioneer Center has partnered with Chillicothe City Schools District (CCSD) and Kids Clubhouse of Chillicothe to present “CavVille Kindergarten Prep,” a literacy and vocabulary development program for Pre-K students in Mt. Logan and Tiffin Elementary school districts. Staffed by educators from CCSD, speech therapists from the Pioneer Center, and Kids Clubhouse employees, CavVille aims to be a place where future Cavs become readers and leaders.

The program focuses on literacy and vocabulary development among 4 and 5 year olds to help them prepare for Kindergarten. It also integrates speech therapy through activities will help children’s pronunciation and expose them to new vocabulary. Organizers will host special literacy-based events for family/caregivers of children in the program.

CavVille is ideal for children who have limited preschool and/or peer-to-peer experience, and will be in Kindergarten 2014-2015 school year. Children must meet income eligibility guidelines and live in the Mt. Logan or Tiffin Elementary area.

The program runs January 14, 2014, through May 29, 2014, Tuesday—Thursday, 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. at the Kids Clubhouse, 859 E. Water St., Chillicothe.  Alternative arrangements may be available at other dates and times, if necessary. The registration deadline for CavVille Kindergarten Prep is December 20, with limited seating available.  To register, or for more information, call the Pioneer Center at 740-773-2165, ask for Jan, or email, .



Registration Deadline Extended for Behavior Intervention Training Sessions

The registration deadline for the Behavior Intervention Training Sessions has been extended to December 23.

Staff from the Pioneer Center will be conducting training sessions to teach positive behavior interventions that caregivers can use in the home.

The training is designed to give parents and caregivers positive intervention strategies to deal with everyday challenges.  Participants will look at communication as a key piece of the puzzle as in dealing with various types of behavior.

A book will be provided to every family that attends.  The book, titled “When my worries get too big,” by Kari Dunn Buron, assists children in understanding their own anxiety.  It also teaches parents and teachers methods to communicate with their children and explains the importance of addressing anxiety and behavior regulation.

Two training sessions will be held on January 15, 2014. The first session will be held at the Ross County Service Center (Room B), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The second session will be held at the Pioneer School (11268 Co. Rd. 550),5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The sessions will be conducted by Josh Zickafoose, Behavior/Autism Specialist, and Kim Hale, Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).

For anyone interested in additional training, a Therapeutic Assault Prevention System (TAPS) course will be held from on January 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Ross County Service Center. Those who participate in the training are educated regarding the physiology of aggression, logistics of intervention, verbal de-escalation techniques and physical interventions designed to minimize injury to clients, staff and bystanders.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Josh Zickafoose at 740-773-2165 or by email at The registration deadline is Friday, December 23, 2013.