Description of Head Start
CEOGC's Head Start program serves over 4,700 children annually throughout the Greater Cleveland community. In partnership with five delegate agencies, CEOGC and its partners deliver high-quality early childhood education programs in safe, nurturing environments. In addition to an engaging pre-school environment, CEOGC-funded Head Start provides health, mental health and dental screenings, nutritious meals and family literacy opportunities to incorporate the entire family into the spirit of growth and responsibility.
Parental input and involvement in the Head Start program is vital to the growth and development of the program and the children who participate in it. In addition to participating in classroom activities, parents are encouraged to voice their opinions and shape the program through Parent Committee's at each Head Start Center. Select parents serve on a County-Wide Policy Council (CWPC) that includes representatives from all delegate agencies. The CWPC has a distinctive voice in the operation and governance of CEOGC's Head Start program.
The childcare industry buzzword for the past several years has been collaboration. In order to provide the highest quality childcare to the most children in need, CEOGC has engaged in community partnerships with over thirty-five (35) private day care centers as well as the Cleveland Metropolitan and the East Cleveland public schools. These collaborations extend Head Start services to eligible children in these innovative settings.
CEOGC also accepts Cuyahoga County children vouchers for families who qualify.