Area briefs

Fall PEEP registration at BNC

TROY — Registration for the fall PEEP session at Brukner Nature Center opens Sunday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m.

All children are born naturalists. They have a natural curiosity that pulls them to roll over those logs and rocks to see what lies beneath. Children get excited over the little creatures, whether they have eight legs or six. They marvel at watching ants as they march in and out of the anthill in search of food. Nurture your child’s sense of wonder and enroll them in PEEP class this fall.

Classes for this unique program will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., with an additional Friday afternoon class from 12:30-2:30 p.m.. Classes run for six weeks, with a different nature-related topic each week.

PEEP is for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are potty-trained, and will begin the week of Sept. 8 and run through Oct.16. The fee is just $45 for BNC Members and $60 for non-members. All fees are due upon registration (cash or check). Class size is limited to 12 preschoolers, so sign up early!

Brukner Nature Center is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy. For more information, call (937) 698-6493 or visit

Head Start taking applications

MIAMI COUNTY — The Kids Learning Place — Head Start program in Miami County is seeking 3-4-year-old preschool children for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The school readiness program is open at no cost for income eligible families. Head Start also accepts children with special needs, in foster care or homeless

Head Start’s main objective is to organize and provide educational activities for children so that they will develop the necessary skills needed to make the transition to kindergarten. The program uses a curriculum and assessments for all aspects of a child’s development: socio-emotional, cognitive/language and physical. Openings are available in classrooms at our centers in Troy, Piqua or West Milton or in the home base settings.

Head Start services include: education, health, dental, and nutrition services. Also included are services that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and the community. The experienced staff work to help children develop language skills, learn to classify objects, develop abstract thinking skills, develop the large muscles of their bodies, experience a sense of positive self-esteem, demonstrate cooperative social behavior, learn to solve problems, participate in make believe play, develop beginning reading skills, and acquire beginning writing skills.

Parents/guardians can call for application information at (866) 627-4557, the local number is (937) 773-0773, or visit

Council on Rural Services provides education and support, services through Kids Learning Place, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) in their nine county service area.

Diabetes program offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for 6 months after participants graduate. The class will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the YMCA’s Robinson Branch in Troy beginning Aug. 11. This program is possible through funding from the United Way.

To register for the program or for more information, contact Donn Craig at 440-9622 or