As a result, we’re improving the lives and futures of these children, their families, and their communities – possibly including yours.
Our non-profit organization provides education, behavioral health treatment and physical health support to children. Our outreach spans 112 Cincinnati neighborhoods. And we’re not just counseling children, but also parents and siblings.
We offer 20-plus services to our clients: Education – our non-public private schools, Early Childhood & School-Aged Programs, Adult and Child Mental Health Treatment and Therapy.
All of our programs focus on children’s behavioral health and therapy. Our goal is to help children build the skills and confidence they need to succeed at school, home, and in the community. When children experience behavioral changes or mental health challenges, it affects their everyday lives.
The Children’s Home is the largest provider of school-based mental health services in the region. We currently provide services in 70 schools across the greater Cincinnati area. We also offer education through The Children’s Home School (K-12), and a High School for students with Autism and Related Disorders focused on providing a high quality of individualized education in preparation for adulthood. Work readiness programs “Ready Set Work!” and “Ready 2 Work!” are extensions of the High School and focus on building required social and vocational skills.
Early Childhood Programs focus on fostering social and emotional development to last a lifetime. These include: a 4-star rated preschool, Camp-I-Can (10-week) summer camp, school-based after-school enrichment, and home visitation programs for first-time at-risk mothers and for toddlers preparing for kindergarten.
The Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities named John Langenderfer as the winner of the Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award for his leadership efforts and dedication to Ready 2 Work!, a work readiness program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This leadership award is meant to honor Maureen Fitzgerald, the founder of the Ohio Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). She loved empowering youth with disabilities to realize their potential. Maureen was a motivator to assure youth with disabilities were exposed to challenges and positive social interaction. Her leadership led to transformation changes to the youth whose lives she touched.
While working as a Senior Vice President in Healthcare at a major national bank, John, a board member of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, created an opportunity to build the capacity of Ready 2 Work! and soar possibilities for individuals in the program to the next level. With an investment of countless hours and courageous effort, John lobbied with his company, to create the Autism Cincinnati Pilot Program. The pilot was created in 2014 and implemented in 2015 and the remarkable accomplishments continue for all involved.
John continues to work tirelessly as a change agent, to ensure a quality, replicable, and sustainable co-op program model for young adults with Autism that can be implemented at various work sites nationwide. His exemplary actions has created opportunities designed to change the outcome of lives of youth and young adults with ASD, restoring hope and possibility in a future of independence and self-sufficiency. His efforts have resulted in empowering youth with disabilities to realize their potential as well as positioned them to gain exposure to challenges and positive social interaction.
As a result of her diligent efforts, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati will offer a school year program for young adults who have met their educational requirements and have deferred their diploma. Instruction, training and coaching will be provided through classroom instruction, use of the PAES° curriculum, hands on learning experiences and community outings. This program will be the first of its kind for this specific population. Amanda’s advocacy efforts continue daily, as she remains active by serving in various capacities on 7 committees.