Past Events

Nov. 7, 2016 PPSGC Honk and Wave for Issue 44
We're hosting a honk and wave with Issue 44 signs on the West Side of Cincinnati. Join us and bring the kids too!
Oct. 13, 2016 CPS School Levy: Got Questions? We've Got Answers!

PPSGC is hosting a School Levy Informational Meeting Thursday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7900 Rollingknolls Drive at the home of our board chair Carlee Simon.

Representatives from Issue 44 will be on hand to answer your questions. Refreshments will be served. 

Sep. 27, 2016 Community Shares and ECO Hamilton County Commissioners Candidate Forum
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church 103 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

September 27, 2016 marks “National Voter Registration Day” when groups across the country encourage people to register to vote in time for the general election; the registration deadline for Ohio is October 11, 2016.

Voter registration is even more important than ever, since some voters were “purged” from the voting rolls if they have not voted since the 2008 Presidential Election. This makes it all the more important to ensure people check their voter registration, even if they think they are registered.

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati and ECO-Environmental Community Organization have teamed up to offer an event to celebrate National Voter Registration Day that will include on-site voter registration, and an opportunity to hear from the candidates for the Hamilton County Commissioner race.

Community Shares represents 23 local non-profit organizations, including ECO, who serve thousands of individuals, all who have a stake in the health and vitality of Hamilton County. The non-profit organizations of Community Shares and the public were offered the opportunity to submit questions. From these submissions, five questions were selected that each candidate will have the opportunity to answer. The event will include a moderated Q&A session from questions from the audience. There will be time for meet and greet, and a voter registration station will be available hosted by the League of Women Voters for the public to register to vote, and to check their voter registration.

The event is expected to draw a large crowd. All local candidates for public office are welcome to attend, and a table will be available for campaign literature.

Community Shares and ECO Hamilton County Commissioner Candidate Forum Agenda

Tuesday Sept 27, 2016 6:00PM-8:00PM

Mt Auburn Presbyterian Church 103 William H. Taft Rd Cincinnati OH 45219

Refreshments provided

6:00PM-6:15PM: Welcome and Remarks from Community Shares and ECO

6:15PM-7:00PM Community Shares organizations ask 5 questions; Candidates have 2 minutes to respond.

7:00PM-7:10PM Candidates offer a final statement (2 minutes each)

7:10PM-7:30PM Moderated Q&A from the audience

7:30PM-8:00PM Meet and Greet, Voter Registration 

Sep. 15, 2016 Poverty? There is Enough - A Poverty "Un-Summit"
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church 103 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
PPSGC Board Chair Carlee Escue Simon is a panelist on the Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati Summit called Poverty? There is Enough - A Poverty "Un-Summit." Join the conversation September 15 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sep. 13, 2016 Letter from Citizens for a Strong Future Co-Chairs in support of CPS and Preschool Promise Levy

Dear CPS education levy Co-Chairs and Supporters,

We are now officially ISSUE 44 on the ballot.  What a gift of alliteration... we are "FOR 44".Election Day is just 58 days from now.  So we have about 1,400 hours to reach the voters with our Strong Start, Strong Future message.This past week we officially opened our new Headquarters (2516 Park Ave. in Walnut Hills), had nearly 140 people participate in our 2 hour Leadership Volunteer Training Program (led by AMOS) and launched our door to door canvassoperation.Our list of endorsing organizations is growing by the day.  We are proud to have the support of the United Way, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO,  the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Democratic Party, the Child Poverty Collaborative, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and the Women's City Club among others. The list is growing by the day.We are now kicking into high gear and hope you will join us!Here's how you can help...1) Make our Vote FOR 44 logo (see attached) your new Facebook profile picture.  You will help us reach your "friends" with the message that YOU are FOR 442) "Like" our Facebook page at invite your friends to do so as well3) Go to our website ( to sign up to volunteer, donate or check out our levy information page ("About")4) Use the attached Levy Endorsement Form to get your organization or business officially on board - just send the completed form to info@strongstartstrongfuture.org5) Share the attached Levy Fact Sheet with your family, friends and co-workers - encourage them to sign up to volunteer on lineIf you have any questions about how you or your organization can plug into our campaign, please call or email us.With gratitude for all your support,Brewster Rhoads and Donna Porter-JonesCo-Campaign ManagersCitizens for a Strong for for Donna
May. 8, 2015 Parent Engagement Program Session III
Mayerson Academy
Apr. 30, 2015 Renew your Kroger Community Rewards for PPSGC now through April 30th!

Time to renew your Kroger Community Rewards and continue your support of PPSGC! Or sign up!! Learn More.

Apr. 20, 2015 Ohio’s Charter Schools: Are They Accountable
Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Avenue, Cincinnati, 45220

A public forum on April 20 will present varied perspectives on Ohio’s “community schools,” commonly referred to as charters.  Panelists for “Ohio’s Charter Schools:  Are They Accountable?” will include Aaron Churchill, research analyst of the Thomas Fordham Institute, also a charter school sponsor; Steve Dyer, an attorney, is education policy fellow of Innovation Ohio; and Mary Ronan, superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.   Journalist Krista Ramsey will serve as moderator for the forum.

Charter Schools were authorized by the Ohio legislature in 1997 to offer urban school children an alternative to their public schools.   As incubators for innovation, they have fewer regulations so they can try different educational approaches.  They could also provide competition to public schools, which would need to improve in order to maintain enrollment.  They have proved popular with parents: about 380 are currently in operation, serving over 100,000 students.

Unfortunately, as widely reported in the media, many have not lived up to this promise.  In Ohio their performance has been lackluster – particularly among the for-profit schools -- and finances sometimes mismanaged.   Their accountability is in question.  Critics worry that charters are competing with public schools for scarce resources.  While acknowledging these problems, proponents of charters argue they have been allocated too few resources to operate more effectively.

The panel will address these issues:  cover basic facts about the founding and funding for charter schools, as well as their promise, performance, and strategies for improvement.  Speakers will present their findings and answer questions from the audience.  

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area sponsors the forum with these cosponsors: the Xavier University School of Education; University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Service; Cincinnatus Association; Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati; Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati; Applied Information Resources, Inc., Prepare the Future Ohio, a project of Faith & Community Alliance., and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.  For more information and questions, call 281-VOTE.

Apr. 17, 2015 Parent Engagement Program Session II
Mayerson Academy
Mar. 27, 2015 Parent Engagement Program Session I
Mayerson Academy
Mar. 6, 2015 Deadline for PEP Application

Click HERE for application.

Jan. 28, 2015 PPSGC Annual Chapter Meeting
Mayerson Academy, 2650 Highland Ave., 45219

Plan to attend the PPSGC Annual Chapter Meeting. We’ll look back at last year’s accomplishments and look ahead at this year’s goals and plans. Details coming soon but plan now to attend!

Jan. 27, 2015 The Importance of Early Literacy & The Third Grade Reading Guarantee Community Conversation
Mt. Airy School, 5730 Colerain Ave, 45239 (Mt. Airy)
Please join us to get answers — and to learn how you can help your child become a better reader! You'll hear from a parent who partnered with her son's teacher to improve his reading level. And, you'll hear from academic leaders on what Cincinnati Public Schools is doing to improve all students' reading skills. Click HERE to download the flyer!