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The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) received notice at the end of April from the Office of Head Start (OHS), the federal agency that oversees the program, that CEOGC is eligible to receive a non-competitive five-year grant to continue delivering early childhood education services to eligible Cuyahoga County families with children ages birth to five. A nonprofit, CEOGC serves low-income people in Cuyahoga County through its operation of a number of programs including Head Start and Early Head Start and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Ohio’s largest Community Action Agency and its largest Head Start early childhood education program, CEOGC was previously deficient on OHS standards and in 2012 had to compete for a renewed five-year grant. Since then, CEOGC appointed Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm as a change agent in May 2015 as its Chief Executive Officer, and who, with her leadership team, instituted a number of reforms.

“Dr. Chisholm and her team, including Dr. Thea Wilson, who directs the program, are embracing and promoting the Head Start Advantage,” said Yasmina Vinci, National Head Start Association (NHSA) Executive Director. “They have performed a herculean feat reforming the agency’s 14 Head Start locations, nearly all of which are now operating with five-star ratings as certified by Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program. Their commitment to continued innovation and excellence is transforming the delivery of quality, comprehensive, early learning services.”