History

1964

January 8 - Unconditional War on Poverty is declared by President Johnson in his State of the Union address.

June- Ralph M. Besse, President of the Cleveland Illuminating Company, was elected the first President of the Board of Trustees.

September 1- CEOGC is incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation to apply for federal grants under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; and is authorized as prime contractor and coordinating agency in Cuyahoga County.

1965

January 8 - Ralph S. Locher, former Mayor of Cleveland, is elected President of CEOGC Board of Trustees,

April 9 - Ralph W. Findley is appointed Executive Director of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland.

June - Project Head Start, an eight week summer program, is announced.

June 9 - CEOGC Board of Trustees receives notice that the Head Start Program is funded for $815,000. Carver Park and Dare become the first Head Start sites to open in Cleveland.

August 20 - CEOGC Board approves $120,000 grant to the Council of Churches for a pre-school nursery program on Cleveland's West Side.

November 12 - CEOGC announces that funding is available for the Reading Improvement Program ($487,606) and work study ($159,855); both programs to be sub-contracted for operation to the Cleveland Board of Education.

November 12 - CEOGC Board approves general and open election procedures to seat five new members on the board, representing low-income persons in five social planning target areas.

1966

January 14 - CEOGC receives a $1.1 million federal letter of credit for Adult Education, Reading Improvement and Work Study in Cleveland.

March 25 - CEOGC approves $18,600 Head Start Grant for East Cleveland Schools and a $502,000 Head Start Grant for Cleveland Public Schools.

May 13 - Steven Minter introduced to CEOGC Board of Trustees as the new Director for the Work Experience Program under Title V.

August 10 - CEOGC Executive Director, Ralph W. Findley, reports approval for the Police Athletic League Youth Citizen Center proposal.

1967

March 1 - CEOGC assumes responsibility for the Foster Grandparents Program.

May 24 - CEOGC becomes prime contractor for a $1.8 million grant for a Comprehensive Neighborhood Family Health Care Center.

June 28 - CEOGC announces its approval as prime contractor for Project Action in Manpower (AIM JOBS).

1968

January 17 - Carl B. Stokes, Mayor of Cleveland, is elected President of the CEOGC Board of Trustees.

April 4 - Neighborhood Opportunity Centers remain open all night following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  CEOGC Outreach Workers spread the spirit and teachings of non-violence.

May 15 - CEOGC Board approves $2.7 million continuation grant of federal funds for Hough Norwood Family Health Care Center.

May 21 - CEOGC announces $40,000 grant for the Greater Cleveland Associated Foundation and $40,000 from OEC for Project CARE, a program for senior citizen involvement.

1979

Ralph W. Findley retires as Executive Director of CEOGC.   Melvin Crouther is named the new Executive Director.  Edwardina Riggins becomes the first woman President of the CEOCG Board of Trustees.

1984

The Ralph W. Findley Education Fund is created; this fund will help the clients and their children further their education with a grant of $250.

Cuyahoga County Commissioners declare today - September 22 - "Ralph W. Findley Day."

CEOGC celebrates the 20th anniversary of the agency.

1986

Volumes I of the Ohio Poverty Indicator is published. Head Start is funded to serve 3,677 children. Fannie M. Lewis, Councilwoman in Cleveland Ward 7, is elected President of the Board of Trustees. Her tenure as President is the longest ever for the CEOGC Board.

1993

Jacqueline A. Middleton is selected as as Executive Director, becoming the first women in the history of CEOGC to hold this position.

1994

CEOGC staff assumes direct operations of Head Start services for 722 children.

1995

Board of Trustees and Executive Director negotiate for four new facilities for program expansion.

1996

A newly constructed Head Start facility with 14 classrooms, G.E.D. literacy programs, will be completed in 1997. Head Start / CEOGC's Board of Trustees approved naming the site The Louis Stokes Head Start Center.

1997

The Louis Stokes Head Start facility opens in the Lee-Harvard Community. The facility is the first of its kind in the nation - a Head Start building built with 100% federal funds.

1999

CEOGC holds their first annual fundraiser, "Can You Put A Value On It", at the Cleveland Browns Stadium raising nearly $100,000 for CEOGC programs. Christie Alomar, Sharon Hargrove and Brad Bacon from TOPS Friendly Markets serve as the Honorary Chairpersons.

2001

CEOGC begins construction on the Windermere Head Start Center in East Cleveland. The facility is a unique collaboration between CEOGC, The US Department of Transportation, RTA and the Greater Cleveland Port Authority. The center is scheduled to open in June 2002.

2002

In November, CEOGC officially opens the CEOGC Head Start Center in East Cleveland. The site is a partnership between CEOGC, the Rapid Transit Adminstation, the US Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services.

2003

CEOGC formally opens the Puritas Head Start Center on the west side of Cleveland in March.

2004

CEOGC awards Senator George Voinovich with the inaugural Ralph W. Findley Award for Excellence in Community Action at an awards breakfast held at the Cleveland Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center in May.

2013

CEOGC dedicates the George L. Forbes Early Learning Center (formerly the CEOGC Head Start Center) in East Cleveland.  The Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Forest City Enterprises and Texcel/Xerox are generous supporters of the event.

CEOGC opens its new Green Road Head Start Center in Highland Hills. 

May - CEOGC receives a new five-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Cuyahoga County to begin July 1st. 

2014

CEOGC opens the Outhwaite, Earl B. Turner, Buckye, Lakeview Terrance, Pearl Road, Horizon, Belliare and Grovewood Head Start centers.