Everyone loves summer. School’s finished, the suns out and the pools are open–it’s basically pure bliss and freedom from any and all schoolwork. But, despite the fun summer brings, there’s nothing more exciting than the first day of school. Even though the students are young, the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s Head Start students are not exempt from feeling the excitement.
Despite the rainy and overcast morning, the hallways of Carl B Stokes Head Start Center (CBS) were filled with the sounds of fresh sneakers squeaking across the floor as students hugged their parents goodbye and eagerly ran to their respective classrooms.
School is officially back in session.
Students could be seen in each classroom getting reacquainted with their friends and sharing lego blocks, but not all students were all smiles as the thought of leaving mom and dad felt impossible.
“I want my mommy,” exclaimed one of the students as they gripped the leg of Ms. Flood, a long-time teacher at CBS. “You’ll be alright baby; we’re going to have a great day. Let’s sit down,” said Ms. Flood as she calmly wiped away the tears and running nose with a kleenex.
The love, affection, and attention given to each student is something that CEOGC takes pride in for its Head Start program. The students aren’t just students; each one is a part of a deep community of children that are learning the foundation to become future doctors, dentists, politicians, and entrepreneurs–world changers.
“We take the vetting process of our teachers very seriously,” said Dr. Thea Wilson, VP of Children & Families. “Their jobs are to do much more than just teach the children. They’re there to nurture success and help prepare each child to move onto the next level of education. We have world-class educators that are creating world-class scholars.”
CEOGC’s Head Start program offers an age-appropriate learning environment to income-eligible Cuyahoga County residents with children aged 3 to 5. CEOGC also offers an Early Head Start program, which serves children from birth to 3 years. In the Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, preschoolers learn both academic and social skills.
If you’re interested in the Head Start program, enrollment is still open but act fast; spots are quickly filling up.
There are a number of ways to enroll your child:
- Visit our website at ceogc.org/headstart
- Call the Head Start enrollment phone line at (216) 589-9922
CEOGC operates 11, high-quality Head Start centers across Cuyahoga County. All 11 sites are 5-star rated through Ohio’s Step-Up-to-Quality program. The 9 centers located in the city of Cleveland are all Pre4CLE certified.
If a center-based program isn’t for you, we offer a Home base option, where a certified teacher will come to your home to meet with you and your child. We also partner with dozens of daycares and childcare centers across the county.