The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s high-quality Head Start early learning program will open its newest center in the Union Miles community on Monday, February 22, 2016 due in great part to PRE4CLE’s largest grant award during its first round of grantmaking.

“We are pleased to bring our high-quality preschool program to the Union Miles community,” said Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Opportunities. “Our Head Start program introduces a new world of learning to children and families and ultimately strengthens neighborhoods as well as the larger community. We are grateful to PRE4CLE for helping to make this new location possible.”

Four brand new classrooms will open at 9250 Miles Park Avenue in the Union Miles Development Corporation building. A welcome program and open house will be held on Tuesday, March 1. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by an open house: to give families in and around the Union Miles neighborhood the opportunity to see what Head Start is all about and get a jump start enrolling in preschool.

“Our arts-oriented classrooms and curriculum focus on the child’s experience: it’s their world and we are living in it,” said Dr. Thea Wilson, vice president of Children and Families at the Council for Economic Opportunities. “With each new opening and through our 17 Head Start locations, we are investing in Cleveland’s future.”

PRE4CLE, Cleveland’s high-quality preschool expansion initiative, contributed $60,000 through its Preschool Classroom Expansion Grant program. Funding for these grants is made possible from Cuyahoga County through the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood: Invest in Children.

Full-day and half-day classrooms are still available to Cuyahoga County residents with children between the ages of three and five years. Head Start’s 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 center
  • Call the Head Start enrollment hotline at (216) 589-9922

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.

 About PRE4CLE

PRE4CLE is a plan to ensure all 3-and-4-year-old children in Cleveland have access to high-quality preschool. PRE4CLE is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools and is led by the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact.  For more information, visit www.pre4cle.org.