ECCAO

 

Quality Communities Partnership

Quality Communities Partnership (QCP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 with the mission of creating new community projects and supporting established projects designed to improve the quality of life and wellness for southwest metropolitan area residents by providing program grants (seed funds) to support local initiatives. 

QCP is a collaboration of community and business leaders, public school superintendents, elected officials, and residents of Berea, Brook Park, Columbia Station, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville. 

QCP has been involved with many successful and beneficial initiatives since itís inception.  Major programs include:

  • The Community Support Project (for children with special needs)
  • The Gatekeeper Program (assistance for the elderly)
  • The SCAN Hunger Center Pantry 

In 1996, an assessment of needs in the six QCP communities found that the primary safety concern was youth violence.  Data presented to QCP by the Federation for Community Planning supports the need for violence and aggression prevention initiatives targeting youth throughout Cuyahoga County.  While the incidence of violence in schools declined in the 1990ís, the current rate is still extremely high. (see Risk Factors and Violent Influences in Childrenís Lives).   

QCPís response was to fund (with the Ohio Hospitals Association) the P.E.A.C.E. (Personal Empowerment And Communication Enhancement) project, a youth aggression diversion program targeting middle school students (grades 6 Ė 8).   

Subsequently, a grant of $9,369.00 was provided to support the planning phase of the ECCAO program for younger children.  Preschool and kindergarten teachers, school administrators, counselors, psychologists, parents, and college faculty collaboratively designed objectives and strategies to address school environments, curriculum, and parenting to create an aggression intervention program for pre-school, kindergarten, and 1st grade children.

 QCP Executive Director Heather Wuensch has been a tremendous force for planning and funding the ECCAO program.

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