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The National Head Start Association (NHSA) in Washington D.C. has selected the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s Head Start program as a national “Bright Spot” for its turnaround within two years. The Council’s leadership team will present its success story at the NHSA’s annual training conference for parents, staff, and leadership this December.

“We call hard work like that of the Council for Economic Opportunities’ a Bright Spot and see Cleveland’s Head Start success story as an occasion to provide colleagues in the Head Start and early childhood communities across the country with wisdom and peer learning,” said Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association. Vinci also expressed gratitude for the Head Start Advantage the Council team provides for the vulnerable children and families in Cleveland.

NHSA’s annual Parent, Staff, and Leadership Training Conference is the only national event that focuses on how communities, parents, families, and Head Start program staff can best partner to promote both parent and family engagement and children’s learning and development. Attendees at this conference include parents, parent leaders, policy council and governing board members, agency staff engaged in family engagement services, agency leadership, and community partners.

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is a nonprofit organization and the designated Community Action Agency for Cuyahoga County and the largest high-quality Head Start program in Ohio that operates programs and services dedicated to transforming the lives of residents. The Council delivers early childhood 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 an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In the 50 years since its inception in Cuyahoga County, Head Start has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families. The program teaches basic concepts in math, literacy and social skills preparing children for Kindergarten and beyond. The Council operates 14 high-quality Head Start locations and serves more than 2,500 children and families. Additional information about Head Start locations and more is at ceogc.org.