CLEVELAND, Feb. 15, 2017 — The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) today announced that the Executive Director of the National Head Start Association, Yasmina Vinci, is coming to Cleveland on February 28 to study the turnaround success of the Community Action Agency and its Head Start Program.

CEOGC’s Jacklyn Chisholm, CEO and president, shared  the agency’s success story in December at the annual meeting of the National Head Start Association. Vinci is now coming to see firsthand how in a 18 month period Chisholm’s leadership team was able to turnaround the troubled local agency’s 14 locations, which today nearly all are operating with five star ratings as certified by the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program.

“Dr. Chisholm quickly created a culture of change that we needed to heal the agency and focus it again on serving the children,” said Quiana Baskin, CEOGC board member. “Her success at recruiting and leading a team of change agents, leveraging technology investments to improve internal communications, hiring a new CFO and implementing improved financial management systems have allowed more funding to be reallocated to mission-critical programs that serve our children and improve the performance of our sites.”

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is a nonprofit organization and Ohio’s largest Community Action Agency 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.