Community Learning Center Institute
The Community Learning Center Institute leads the ongoing engagement of the Greater Cincinnati community in the development of all schools as community learning centers, each with a set of financially self-sustaining, co-located community partnerships responsive to the vision and needs of each school and its neighborhood.
The Community Learning Center Institute is a national leader in leveraging public school facilities to become hubs of educational, recreational, cultural, health and civic partnerships, which optimize the conditions for learning and catalyze the revitalization of the community.
Over the last decade, our team has led the planning, development and implementation of one of the country’s only district-wide community learning center initiatives, which is premised, on five foundational elements:
A commitment to comprehensive, sustained community engagement to ensure the development of partnerships responsive to the school – community’s shared vision for the school as the center of the neighborhood.
The OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School is the first self-sustaining school-based vision center in the United States. Opened since October 2012, the center has focused on serving thousands of Cincinnati public, private and parochial students
Operated by the Cincinnati Health Department, the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School provides access to comprehensive eye exams, glasses fittings, adjustments and medical eye care
The center’s staff includes 2 full-time optometrists, 2 ophthalmic technicians, 2 opticians, front desk coordinator and an AmeriCorps team member
St. Aloysius school-based therapists collaborate with Oyler to work with children who are struggling with cognitive, behavioral, and emotional health problems. St. Aloysius therapists provide prevention, intervention, crisis and maintenance treatment for the child on a regular basis. St. Aloysius therapists at Oyler work with teachers, administrators and intervention specialists to target behaviors across environments and to prevent placement in more restrictive treatment or academic settings. Adult services will be provided to Oyler parents or guardians based on individual assessment. For adult referrals please utilize student referral methods.
City of Cincinnati Health Department, Oyler School-Based Health Center
The Oyler School-Based Health Center staff includes a school health assistant, a casework associate, a nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse. The Health Center daily performs a variety of tasks, including administering medication, providing care for minor health problems, discussing concerns over the student’s health and wellness, conducting asthma visits, performing physicals and sick check-ups referred by teachers, staff, or a parent.
Delta Dental Center
The Delta Dental Center at Oyler, run by the Cincinnati Health Department and the Cincinnati Dental Society's Oral Health Foundation, operates with three dental chairs and serves children from Oyler School and the surrounding community. The Delta Dental Center aims to meet oral health needs of children ages 0-18 in Cincinnati. The center’s staff consists of a program coordinator, 2 dentists, and 3 dental assistants who can complete many procedures including exams, X-rays, treatment plans, cleanings, debribments, sealants, fillings, stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies, root canals, space maintainers, and extractions.
Power Pack Program
Powerpacks are weekend sacks of food sent home with students in grades PreK-6 who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program or who do not have sustainable amount of food to eat on weekends.
Freestore Foodbank Oyler Choice Pantry
Oyler Choice Pantry is a food pantry housed at Oyler School where families and students in grades 7-12 who are food insecure and are not getting sufficient food outside of school on a regular basis can shop for food. After mandatory forms are completed, families needing additional food sources, or high school students may shop every Thursday at the end of the school day.
GRAD Cincinnati is a community-based nonprofit organization created in 2001 as part of a comprehensive national initiative aimed at improving the success of urban school students to academically achieve, graduate from high school and enter and complete a college education. It is specifically targeted to support over 3,650 students and nearly 170 teachers, principals and counselors within the Cincinnati Public Schools. GRAD Cincinnati’s role as a college readiness, access and support partner at Oyler is to guide students through the college and career planning process. The College Readiness Coordinator supports students and their families through the college and career search, application process, financial aid planning, scholarship search, and college placement testing. Activities include college tours, FAFSA night and Summer Institute programs.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG)
JCG is an elective class offered to 10th-12th grade and online students. The class focuses on job and career readiness. In the course, 37 core competencies that have been identified by employers across the country as crucial for success in employment are taught. Several community service projects are completed, social skills are practiced, and explorations of college and career are made. Seniors in the JCG program are in follow-up for one year after graduation in order to address problems as they arise. Our goal is full time employment, school or a combination of both.
CYC College Access
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative was created thirty years ago, as Cincinnati was facing exceedingly high dropout rates, concerned community and school leaders pioneered the idea of collaboration between the business community and public schools. They created a game-changing model for intervention and founded Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. CYC makes a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable young people in 2nd grade through college by providing a range of services designed to keep kids in school, prepared for college and career, and on the pathway to success. Bringing together over 770 volunteers and 59 local businesses, CYC strives for dropout prevention by offering mentoring, college readiness and success, and career preparation.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative role as a college readiness, access and support partner at Oyler is to guide students through the college planning process. Beginning in junior high and continuing through college, advisors guide students to plan and prepare for post-secondary opportunities. College advisors work on-site in the schools to provide academic planning, college entrance exam preparation, financial aid advising and assisting, college campus tours, scholarship searches and preparation, college advising and coaching, and Co-op and internship search and assistance.
The Oyler Afterschool Program occurs Monday-Thursday from 2:15-5:30 for registered students in grades k-6. Students in the program receive a daily snack and dinner. Students paired in grade-level groups rotate through the following activities: Homework Club, tutoring from certified teachers, Fitness Fun, Art Club, Computer Club, soccer, Go Green Recycling Team, etc.
Al Hampton Mentoring Program
The Hampton Mentor/Tutor Program is an academically structured program that pairs a mentor volunteer with a student. The mentor’s support helps to extend academic learning and helps to ensure the student’s educational success.
Oyler school research proves that through one-on-one mentoring our students increase reading and math levels, build confidence and self-esteem, increase independence, improve attendance, and improve behavior. Mentors read with a student and work on completing activities that are aligned to Ohio’s New Learning standards.
CELC Schiff Early Learning Center
Cincinnati Early Learning Centers is proud to partner with Oyler School and the Community Learning Center Institute to bring the Schiff Early Learning Center to Oyler and the Lower Price Hill Community. The center is the first of its kind 0-5 year old early childhood program that is an integrated, seamless part of the Oyler prek-12 community learning center and a hub for early childhood support services in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Serving children six weeks to five years old in a state of the art environment, qualified teachers and support staff offer children the best in early childhood education in a full day child care setting.
Beechacres Parenting Center
The Beechacres Family Peer Support Program is designed to help support families with school-age children who are experiencing behavioral difficulties, or who need support in managing services and resources for their child or family. Family Peer Support Workers at Oyler can assist parents in avoiding common pitfalls when searching for community services, empowering parents to ask questions, providing positive interventions that are family-driven and child-centered to strengthen and meet the needs of the family.
Santa Maria Community Services
Santa Maria works with students in grades 6-8 in the Building Youth Assets Program. The program utilizes three primary strategies: 1)Inclusion of the students in weekly, structured Social/Emotional Skills groups at Oyler to help students build relationship skills, peer resistance skills, general problem solving skills, etc. A meta-analysis of over 200 studies has shown that youth that possess these skills do better both in school and in life. 2) Inclusion in weekly tutoring/academic assistance program at Oyler. 3) Family Advocacy is provided to families of each youth in the program. Through home visitation staff help parents to identify factors causing family instability and then link them to resources to address these factors. This piece is critical to our success and parents have been linked to Mental Health Services, substance abuse programs, housing and employment assistance, and many other services.
The clothing closet is designed to meet the basic clothing needs of Oyler students grades K-12. Students are allowed to shop at the closet twice during the school year, or as needed. This volunteer based service enables students from low-income families to have adequate clothing and hygiene items for the school year. Volunteers help the students pick out new clothing items, shoes, new underwear and socks, and other items such as shampoo, backpacks, and even reading books.