We’re sending nearly 1,000 Head Start students to Kindergarten! After years in the program, our 5-year-olds have learned academic and social skills preparing them to start their school journeys in September. The Council of Economic Opportunities enjoyed seeing these students and their families grow, and know they will continue their love of learning in Kindergarten and beyond. Congratulations to all those moving on this year!

We Invest in People

We’ll meet with you to address any immediate needs then identify some life goals. Do you want to enroll your child in preschool to get him or her on a path to success early in life? Are you unemployed and looking for a job? Do you want to go back to school to get a college degree? Are you having trouble paying the bills and making ends meet?  Whatever your challenges are, we will work with you on solutions.

We Nurture Success

We provide health + dental screenings, emphasize the importance of nutrition + exercise, promote family engagement, teach new skills and will work with you to sharpen key abilities. We offer free workshops on topics from managing time better to improving self-esteem. We will encourage you to walk taller and prepare you to get the job you are seeking. We instill confidence, you can do it!

We Transform Lives

We are teachers, family development specialists, job coaches, case managers, nutritionists, program monitors and school bus drivers. We are someone to talk with and share your dreams.  We hope to inspire you, and we are rooting for your success. Take the first step today, and meet with a family development specialist to discover how, together, we can develop your plan for a brighter future so that all of Greater Cleveland succeeds, one very important person at a time (that’s YOU).

Stories of Progress + Success

Nearly 1,000 Head Start Students Moving on to Kindergarten

Look out world: nearly one thousand bright-eyed and eager five-year-olds and their families are ready to move on to Kindergarten and graduate from high-quality Head Start preschools around Greater Cleveland in late May and throughout June. Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm,...

Head Start Toddlers Rock at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education team performed on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage for the annual Toddler Rock finale for dozens of enthusiastic Head Start three-to-five year olds from the Council for Economic Opportunities. After 30 weeks...

Head Start Alumna Heads Up Public Affairs for the City of Cleveland

For as long as she can remember, Natoya Walker Minor wanted to work in public policy. As a teenager, she and her sister were involved in the beloved Arthur Ashe tennis program, funded by the local government, for three years. But the fourth year, the funding for that...

“It’s my hope to demonstrate passion for improving early childhood education, being an involved father and to encourage other Cleveland men to step up on behalf of their own sons and daughters.”

Michael Moore

Chairman of Head Start’s Policy Council 2015-16


The Council for Economic Opportunities’ impact 2014

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Residents received assistance and/or development coaching