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December 14, 2023

CSO STEAM Team present at NHSA Parent and Family Engagement Conference

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Community Services Office STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Team presented at the National Head Start Association’s 2023 Parent and Family Engagement Conference in New Orleans the week of Dec. 4-7.

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November 11, 2023

2023 Holiday Bowling Tournament Flyer

CSO Holiday Bowling Tournament set for Nov. 25

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Community Services Office’s Father Engagement Holiday Bowling Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3-6 p.m. at Central Bowling Lanes in Hot Springs.

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November 7, 2023

CSO November 2023 quarterly commodity distribution set

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Community Services Office will have its quarterly Commodity Distribution for residents of Garland County on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is at 2228 Albert Pike Road, Suite M, N, and O.

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November 6, 2023

CSO director, staff add names to 100 Families Initiative Declaration in Garland County

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Community Services Office’s executive director and members of its staff added their names to the declaration marking the launch of the 100 Families Initiative in Garland County.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed participants earlier in the day, emphasizing the collaborative efforts required to address the fundamental needs of local families. During her visit, Sanders endorsed the official declaration of 100 Families.

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November 6, 2023

CSO Head Start Students have blast at Hot Springs, Pine Bluff Fall Festivals

HOT SPRINGS and PINE BLUFF — Head Start students at CSO Hot Springs and Pine Bluff sites had a ton of fun at a pair of Fall Festivals that featured games, food, music and special guests.

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October 13, 2023

CSO to hold father engagement basketball game Oct 21

Community Services Office (CSO) Head Start program will hold its Father Engagement Basketball Game on Saturday, October 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The family event is aimed at promoting father involvement and will be held at 734 Blakely Dam Road in Mountain Pine.

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CSO staff attend LIHEAP Assistance Programs Training Conference

Members of the Community Services Office staff attended the 2023 LIHEAP/Weatherization Assistance Programs Training Conference from Oct. 9-12 in Little Rock, where they learned about new programs and improved methods of serving clients.

The LIHEAP Annual Training Conference provided training and educational opportunities for utility assistance professionals in nonprofit and utility sectors that work within any one of Arkansas’s 15 Community Action Agencies, of which CSO is a part.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is administered by the Arkansas Energy Office, which is part of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The AEO aims to promote energy efficiency, clean technology, and sustainable strategies that encourage economic development, energy security, and environmental health for all Arkansas citizens.

The event focused on topics such as customer-centric concepts, new federal reporting requirements, and best practices. It also provided the opportunity for LIHEAP workers from across the state to meet their counterparts from other agencies.

Keynote speakers included Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association Executive Director Tomekia Moore and Dr. Julien C. Mirivel, a communications professor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

October 2, 2023

CSO Takes Center Stage at the 4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference

Community Services Office’s STEAM team stole the spotlight as the closing presenters at the 4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference, themed “Arts on the Water” on Sept. 30. The event, hosted at DeGray Lake Lodge, treated participants to a day of exploration, creativity, and the celebration of learning. In case you’re unfamiliar, “STEAM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

CSO Head Start STEAM Team: Nurturing Young Minds

The CSO Head Start STEAM Team demonstrated a range of simple and cost-effective experiments that early childhood educators could incorporate into their curriculum. Many of these experiments were hands-on, granting educators first-hand experience. In addition, they delved into experiments involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen.

Don Monopoli, of The Learning Station: Bringing Music and Movement

Don Monopoli of The Learning Station took the stage at the conference coaxed attendees onto their feet to dance.

As the founder and lead presenter of The Learning Station, Monopoli has composed over 500 children’s songs since 1985 and has engaged in nearly 5000 live presentations since 1986.

STEAM: Sculpting Future Success

The conference underscored the pivotal role of STEAM. Its subjects share a common approach – the art of gathering and utilizing evidence to foster knowledge and solve problems. Research consistently affirms that early exposure to STEAM experiences significantly propels a child toward future success in school. Events like these assume immeasurable importance in nurturing the potential of our youngest minds.

The 4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference underscored CSO’s dedication to nurturing curiosity, exploration, and lifelong learning within the hearts and minds of our future leaders.  

September 22, 2023

Attention Hot Springs Community: Time is running out! The LIHEAP summer program is ending in just 7 days. If you or someone you know is in need of energy bill assistance, call us at 501-624-5724.

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