Family fun takes center stage and nutrition is in the spotlight as the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland prepares for its annual Family Wellness Carnivals, funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

With the help of community partners including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Community Housing Solutions and Case School of Dental Medicine, the first carnival will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the William Patrick Day Head Start center located at 2421 Community College Ave. in Cleveland. The second carnival is two weeks later on April 27, 2016 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Willard Head Start center located at 2220 W 95th St. in Cleveland.

The Family Wellness Carnivals draw big crowds each year with more than 400 children and their families attending last year’s events. The upcoming carnivals will include aerobic activities, health booths and tips on nutritious eating. There will also be games, face painting, balloons and much more. Both carnivals are free and open to the public. There is no need to register for either event. For more information visit ceogc.org.

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is a nonprofit organization and the Community Action Agency for Cuyahoga County that operates programs and services dedicated to transforming the lives of residents. The Council delivers education, personal and professional development programs and support services to residents of Cuyahoga County. Programs include Early Head Start (birth to three) Head Start (three – five years of age); individual assessments for classes and coaching sessions on topics including parenting, anger management and life skills; and professional development: job readiness, customer service training and job placement. The Council also delivers the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For more information visit ceogc.org.

The Head Start program is a commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In the 50 years since its inception, Head Start has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Greater Cleveland. The program teaches basic concepts in math and literacy, social skills and working independently and in groups better preparing children for Kindergarten and success in life. The Council operates 17 high-quality Head Start locations serving more than 2,500 children and their families throughout Cuyahoga County. Centers are PRE4CLE and four-to-five star Step Up to Quality certified. For additional information about Head Start visit ceogc.org.