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 Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland Board of Trustees.

September 1- The Council 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.


January 8 - Ralph S. Locher, former Mayor of Cleveland, is elected President of Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland 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 - The Council 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 - The Council Board approves $120,000 grant to the Council of Churches for a pre-school nursery program on Cleveland's West Side.

November 12 - The Council 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 - The Council 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.


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

March 25 - The Council 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 the Council Board of Trustees as the new Director for the Work Experience Program under Title V.

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


March 1 - The Council assumes responsibility for the Foster Grandparents Program.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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."


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 Council Board.


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


The Council assumes direct operations of Head Start services for 722 children.


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


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.


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.


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


The Council begins construction on the Windermere Head Start Center in East Cleveland.


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


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


The Council 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.


Senator Sherrod Brown visits the CEOGC Head Start Center in East Cleveland.  The Senator speaks with administrative staff, tours the facility and visits with students in the classroom.


The Council Head Start program begins the Charles Barr Music series, bringing classical music experiences to preschoolers in their Head Start centers.


The Council designs and implements programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  These programs include Future Routes to Employment, Homelessness Prevention and Living Independently for Tomorrow, all designed to help local residents during the economic downturn.


Congresswoman Marcia Fudge visits and reads with Head Start students through the Reach Out and Read program.


The Council expands its partnership with the PNC Bank Grow Up Great program to include programming with the Teaching Artists from the Wolf Trap Institute and performances at Playhouse Square. 


The Council 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.

The new Green Road Head Start Center opens in Highland Hills. 

The Council 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. 


The Council opens the Outhwaite, Earl B. Turner, Buckeye, Lakeview Terrance, Pearl Road, Horizon, Bellaire and Grovewood Head Start centers.