Main Office: State of Ohio Collective, Inc.
2108 Braewick Circle 
Akron, Ohio 44313


Service Areas
Greater Metropolitan Areas of:
Akron | Barberton | Canton | Cleveland | Columbus | Cincinnati | Dayton | Freemont | Kent | Lima | Toledo | Youngstown |

The Family Reads program helps fathers and their middle school age children with reading, literacy, and leadership development. It is an empowerment program that engages participants to connect with individuals and resources to help them lead better lives. Participants connect with community leaders who present about their lives and careers through engaging sessions about books that have transformed their lives. Additionally, the program partners with: The State of Ohio NAACP, local schools, existing workforce development programs, metropolitan/regional libraries and Friends of the Library, local government, and the faith community through sacred sector organizations.  

The mission of the Family Reads Program is to engage fathers and their middle school aged children to improve academic outcomes for the students and overall literacy and reading outcomes for the entire family unit. 


  • Fun and Engaging Family Sessions (between 60-90 minutes) to engage reading and literacy for families throughout designated areas in Ohio 
  • Strengthen and Deepen the Understanding of Report Card Information: Current and New student, school, and district report card information and implementation for the student and parent
  • Reading Improvement
  • Improved Paternal Parental Engagement 
  • Resource Referrals 


The State of Ohio Collective provides services in education, economic and workforce development, the arts, and health. 

Contact Us
Call 330.887.2344 to receive an online submission form link or a paper copy mailed to your home or business mailing address. 

Connect with the program via email at: or 330.887.2344

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Upcoming Events

The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. 

(ODJFS) OCF Commission Meeting 
Date: November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: Vern Riffe Building (Riffe)
77 S. High St. 19th Floor, Conference Room 1948
Columbus, OH  43215

The meeting will be IN-PERSON. Please allow time to find parking and going through the security checks at the Vern Riffe Building. Please bring your photo Identification.

2022 Commission Meeting Dates:    Feb. 10, May 12, July 14, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.

If you would like to attend a commission meeting or if you have any questions, please contact Terri Simons via e-mail at

If you need to speak to someone over the phone, please contact Executive Director Kimberly Dent at 614-752-0583.