In its 50th Anniversary year, the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s Head Start early learning program is 90+ percent enrolled for the 2015-16 school year.

“Early childhood learning is life-changing for our Head Start families. While we are pleased with our preschool enrollment response this year, we are not finished until every classroom spot has a bright-eyed child in it,” said Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. “Reaching busy parents and guardians can be challenging, so our employees go door-to-door to emphasize the importance of early childhood learning. This personal approach is often what it takes to help families enroll in preschool.”

Full-day and half-day classrooms are available to Cuyahoga County residents with children between the ages of three and five years. Head Starts’ Homebase program is a great option for a stay-at-home parent whose child would benefit from a parent-child-teacher experience.

There are a number of convenient ways to enroll: 

  • Visit ceogc.org
  • Sign up at any Head Start centers
  • Call the Head Start enrollment hotline at (216) 589-9922

The Council’s Head Start program will be expanding this fall and winter: a new Head Start Center located at 5620 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland will open at the end of October and a center will open in the Union Miles neighborhood this December thanks to a $60,000 grant from PRE4CLE. A generous $500,000 grant from Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-kindergarten will allow the Louis Stokes Head Start Center to offer new programs for teachers including professional development and support.

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 Head Start locations, 11 of which have a three-star rating or higher serving 2,869 children and their families throughout Cuyahoga County. For additional information about Head Start visit ceogc.org.