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  • Head Start Classes Resume After Winter Break

    Head Start classes resumed on January 9, after the winter break. LCCAA Head Start is a Step Up To Quality 5-star rated preschool program that enrolls children ages 0-5 years. To learn more or to enroll visit the Head Start page or call 440-245-2009.
  • Operation Warm Coats for Kids

    Keeping kids warm and healthy during the winter season is important. LCCAA partnered with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) to help by giving brand new coats to kids living in housing authority. LCCAA's Operation Warm program provides brand new coats to children ages 0 - 18 living in the housing authority. LMHA also gave away free school supplies and the Lorain County Boys and Girls club donated turkeys to the families. The events took place in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin. Special thanks to the Elyria and Lorain Police departments for handing out supplies to the families.
  • Operation Warm Coats for Kids

    Keeping kids warm and healthy during the winter season is important. LCCAA partnered with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) to help by giving brand new coats to kids living in housing authority. LCCAA's Operation Warm program provides brand new coats to children ages 0 - 18 living in the housing authority. LMHA also gave away free school supplies and the Lorain County Boys and Girls club donated turkeys to the families. The events took place in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin. Special thanks to the Elyria and Lorain Police departments for handing out supplies to the families.
  • Operation Warm Coats for Kids

    Keeping kids warm and healthy during the winter season is important. LCCAA partnered with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) to help by giving brand new coats to kids living in housing authority. LCCAA's Operation Warm program provides brand new coats to children ages 0 - 18 living in the housing authority. LMHA also gave away free school supplies and the Lorain County Boys and Girls club donated turkeys to the families. The events took place in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin. Special thanks to the Elyria and Lorain Police departments for handing out supplies to the families.
  • Daddy Olympics

    LCCAA's Head Start program welcomed students Back to School Sept. 15. All of LCCAA's directly operated centers are now rated at five stars in the Step Up to Quality program and more full-day slots are being added as often as possible. The first-ever Head Start Daddy Olympics took place yesterday with a focus on the Male Involvement, I Am Moving I Am Learning, and Healthy Families initiatives. "Families came together to celebrate fathers and share their all-star medals," said Stefanie Drew of Family, Health and Community Services.
  • Youth Summer Program

    Lorain youths who participated in the Ohio Means Jobs workforce program learned job skills and how to support their community at LCCAA's summer youth program. Program participants learned job skills and visited several colleges over the course of the program. Pictured are the youth at Cleveland State University. To learn more about LCCAA's Summer Youth Program call 440-204-3133.
  • Winning Readers "Crush" Pitches

    Head Start students who participated in a Million Minute Reading Challenge received two tickets each to a minor league baseball game at Crusher Stadium. The partnership was between Head Start and the Crushers to help promote literacy. In all, students read 753,885 minutes during the challenge. The students participated in a field parade before the game and top readers threw the first pitches.
  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    The Hopkins Locke Head Start staff turned the center's gymnasium into a red carpet movie premier for the students Bridging Ceremony. The annual event marks the end of the school year and celebrates the students "bridging" to another year of preschool or Kindergarten. Students walked the red carpet and posed for photos on the bridge, like this student. Head Start classes resume in the Fall. The program is now accepting applications for children 0 -5 years of age. Visit a Head Start center or call 440-245-2009 to enroll. Apply online by clicking on the Head Start tab above.
  • Head Start is Bridging Kids to Kindergarten

    A Head Start student from the Child Development Center in Amherst poses for a photo with family as she "bridges" to Kindergarten. LCCAA's Head Start program will host several Bridging Ceremonies to celebrate the students transition to Kindergarten or back for another year of preschool. Ceremonies will take place at centers across the county thru next week. Contact your child's Head Start center for specific dates and times. To enroll your child into the Head Start program call 440-245-2009 or scroll up and click on the Head Start page to enroll online. To view more photos from the Bridging Ceremonies visit the media center.
  • Spring Concert

    Head Start students from two classrooms at the Hamilton center in Elyria held a Spring Preschool concert. Pictured are rooms 102 and 105 with teachers (from left to right) Trinity Barajas, Renee Wonder, Alison Boyer, and Kara Goodwin. The teachers taught the students several patriotic songs and had them perform for their families and fellow classmates in the gymnasium. For more information about Head Start or how to enroll a child visit the Head Start page or call (440) 245-2009.
  • Fly Into Spring!

    Head Start students at the Hopkins Locke Learning Center got creative and made kites out of shopping bags and string. The students enjoyed the spring weather while flying the kites.
  • Head Start Class Car Show

    A Head Start class at Hopkins Locke hosted their very own car show. Throughout the week the students learned about roads and transportation. Teachers asked the parents to continue the learning experience at home by helping the children make a car from boxes. The cars were put on display and visitors voted on the best design. Fantastic job to the teachers, students, and parents! To learn more about Head Start or to enroll your child visit the Head Start page or call (440) 245-2009.
  • Read to Me Daddy

    Fathers and Grandfathers visited Head Start classrooms to read stories to students in honor of the program's annual Read to Me Daddy event. Pictured is the Hopkins- Locke full day classroom. For more information on the Head Start preschool program call 440-245-2009 or register your child online by visiting the Head Start information page.
  • Operation Warm Provides Coats to Kids

    For a third year, LCCAA administered the Operation Warm program which provides winter coats to children in need. Head Start students at the Wellington Village schools collaborative, are pictured sending thanks to LCCAA for the new winter coat.
  • Tech Connect Graduates

    The Tech Connect program graduates another group of individuals this month who participated in the 8-week technology skills program. For more information on the program contact Tamaron Wilson at 440-204-3138
  • Youth Arts Summer Program

    Lorain County Community Action Agency partnered with FireFish Arts to provide summer arts programs for youths in Lorain. Twelve young men and women have participated in the program which will culminate with the FireFish Arts Festival Sept. 26 in downtown Lorain. For more information visit www.followfirefish.com
  • Tech Connect Works for Everyone

    Lillian Ortiz joined LCCAA's Tech Connect Class to "catch up on life," she said. "I've been a caretaker to family members most of my life," said Ortiz, 82. "Both my parents have passed on, so now I want to get back to work." Ortiz (pictured front row, middle), was among the latest class to graduate from the program with improved computer skills, better job prospects and a free, refurbished computer. Shona Chaney (also pictured, back row third from the left) said she also enjoyed the class. "I learned a lot. I got to meet new people and the instructor was very nice and humorous, so class was never boring," she said. The 8-week Tech Connect course covers Microsoft Office, Internet and email use and more. The goal is to improve skills and help participants gain employment or better employment. The next class starts on Aug. 18. Contact Tamaron Wilson at 440-204-3138 to register.
  • Call or Click To Enroll Today!

    The Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. Look out for LCCAA's new Head Start billboard postings across Lorain County. Head Start Works!
  • Head Start Bridging Ceremony

    Head Start students ended the 2014-15 school year and in honor of their accomplishments LCCAA hosted its annual Bridging ceremonies. In honor of the 50 year anniversary of Head Start the ceremonies took place at the LCCC Stocker Center and the Lorain Palace Theater. A huge congratulations to all the children and families. A special thanks to all the Head Start staff and volunteers. We wish you all a healthy and happy summer!
  • Tech Connect April Graduates

    The Tech Connect program graduates another group of individuals in April who participated in the 8-week technology skills program. For more information on the next scheduled class call Tamaron Wilson at 440-204-3138.
  • HEAP Program Helps Residents During Harsh Winter

    HEAP Intake worker, Gloria Rosado, works on processing a HEAP application for Tammy Crowe of Elyria, Ohio at the HEAP office in downtown Lorain. Tammy applied for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program and enrolled in the PIPP program. Due to the high heating cost her gas was turned off and she moved in with her aunt. Tammy says, “Finding out about the HEAP program was so helpful. I can finally move back into my family home after the harsh winter.” The HEAP program ends on March 31. For more information call 1-855-806-9620.
  • Celebrating Dr Seuss

    Ms. Kelly, Head Start Teacher at Hopkins Locke in Lorain, read Dr. Seuss books to her class in honor of the famed author's birthday. The children enjoyed story time and discussed the books rhyming words.
  • Family Bowling Night

    The Head Start families at Hopkins Locke enjoyed a family night event at the Redmans bowling alley in Lorain courtesy of the Head Start program. For more information on Head Start or to enroll online click on the Head Start program tab above.
  • Black History Month

    Tammy Atkinson, receptionist at the Hamilton Head Start Center, and a class of Head Start students posed for a photo in front of the bulletin board Atkinson created in honor of Black History Month. This month the program honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. "I enjoy seeing visitors admire the board and listening to the teachers discuss the Black History facts with their students," Ms. Atkinson said.
  • Bridges to Success

    The Head Start program provides comprehensive services to both children and families. The family service workers help parents enroll their child into the early childhood education program and provide assistance to the family throughout the school year. Pictured (from left to right) are family service workers; Jessie Smith, Dana Daniels, and Jackie Mitchell from the Hamilton Head Start in Elyria. To learn more about the Head Start program and the services available to children and families visit the Head Start page or call 440-245-2009.
  • LCCAA Keeps Kids Warm this Winter

    For a second year, LCCAA partnered with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority to provide winter coats for children ages 0 to 18 who live in the housing authority through LCCAA's Operation Warm program. The program also provided winter coats to Head Start students enrolled at centers in Lorain and Elyria.
  • Operation Warm Underway

    For a second year, LCCAA is partnering with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority to provide coats for children ages 0 to 18 who live in LMHA buildings through Operation Warm. Coats sized 3T to adult large have been distributed at Southside Gardens, Westview Terrace, and Oberlin Homes where the children pictured received a new warm coat. On Nov. 21, coats will be distributed for Wilkes Villa residents at the Boys and Girls Club of Elyria, 1821 Middle Ave., Elyria from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Head Start Works!

    The National Head Start Association started the Head Start Works campaign on October 24 to spread a positive message about the Head Start program. LCCAA parents, staff, and students celebrated the message by wearing buttons and t-shirts on Friday. Parents visited their child's classroom to participate in special activities to commemorate the day. For more information on Head Start call 440-245-2009 or click on the Head Start program to register your child online.
  • Read for the Record

    On October 21, 2014, LCCAA Head Start parents and people across the country will unite for Jumpstart's premiere national campaign, Read for the Record. This campaign mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. Pictured is a Head Start mother visiting her child's classroom to read the book Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, in support of the Read for the Record mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. For more information on LCCAA's Head Start program call 440-246-0480 in Lorain and 440-323-1737 in Elyria or visit the Head Start page to register your child online.
  • Head Start Works!

    Head Start is celebrating 50 years of success working to prepare children for school readiness. If you are interested in learning more about Head Start or to enroll your child call 440-246-0480 in Lorain or 440-323-1737 in Elyria. Head Start Works!
  • Wine Tasting Event 2014

    LCCAA hosted its annual Wine Tasting Event & Silent Auction at Cork's & Stubby's in Amherst on Thursday. Guest enjoyed tasting a variety of delicious wines and bidding on a selection of donated items. All funds raised at the event will help support LCCAA programming. LCCAA Board Members would like to thank all the guest and event sponsors for making the event spectacular!
  • Head Start Classes Are In Session

    The 2014-15 Head Start school year began on Friday, September 12 and families were excited to see their children off to preschool. If you know a 3-5 year old child who is ready for preschool contact a Head Start center or click the link above to apply online.
  • All Agency Staff Meeting, LCCAA Maintenance Team

    LCCAA staff participated in a team building activity during the Agency's Annual All Staff meeting at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference center.
  • All Agency Staff Meeting

    LCCAA staff participated in a team building activity during the Agency's Annual All Staff meeting at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference center.
  • Summer Cooling Program

    Mary and Walter needed help with their electric bill this month, so they turned to Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA) for help. Mary says, "I am grateful for Lorain County Community Action and the Summer Cooling program. With them helping to pay my electric bill, I can still afford to buy groceries and other household items." The Summer Cooling program (SCP) began on July 1 and will continue through August 31. The SCP will provide cooling assistance to households with incomes up to 175% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines and with a member age 60 or older, or with a documented, qualifying medical condition. Call toll free 1-855-806-9620 to schedule an appointment.
  • Head Start Alumni Board

    Judie Emerine, a long-time Head Start employee, thought it would be a good idea to create a LCCAA Head Start Alumni board at the Hamilton center where she is the Site Administrator. She invited Maria Vasquez (pictured on left), Assistant Site Coordinator and all Hamilton staff and parents to share their Head Start photos on the board. During the Head Start Bridging ceremonies back in May, families gathered in front of the board to take photos and discussed their favorite Head Start memories.
  • Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

    Starting on July 1 through August 31, 2014, LCCAA will accept applications for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program (HEAP-SCP). The SCP will provide cooling assistance to households with incomes up to 175% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines and with a member age 60 or older, or with a documented, qualifying medical condition. Applications will be taken beginning July 1, 2014 at 401 Broadway Avenue in Lorain Monday – Friday from 8: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and beginning on July 8 in Wellington at 115 Willard Memorial Square Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beginning June 30 calls for appointments will be available by dialing toll-free to the Energy Services hotline, 1-855-806-9620. The hotline also answers frequently asked questions, including program guidelines and required documentation or visit the Energy Assistance page.
  • Head Start Night at Crushers Stadium

    Read-A-Thon students from LCCAA's Head Start Program threw out the first pitches at the Lake Erie Crushers game. Students and their families received a warm welcome from Crushers' mascot Stomper. For more information on Head Start or how to enroll your child visit the Head Start page.
  • Staff Enjoy Moms and Muffins

    The Head Start program welcomed mothers into the classroom for a special treat in honor of mothers day. The program honored mothers during the annual "Moms and Muffins" event that took place at all Head Start learning centers. The students and their moms enjoyed eating muffins together and socializing with one another. Head Start Teacher, Mrs. Jones, celebrated the event in her classroom at Hopkins Locke and then walked down to enjoy a muffin with her granddaughter.
  • Mom and Muffins

    Last week, the Head Start program welcomed mothers into the classroom for a special treat in honor of mothers day. The program honored mothers during the annual "Moms and Muffins" event that took place at all Head Start learning centers. The students and their moms enjoyed eating muffins together and socializing with one another.
  • Moms and Muffins

    Head Start teachers at the Hopkins Locke Learning Center prepare for the upcoming Moms and Muffins event to honor Head Start mothers. Moms are invited to partake in classroom activities and enjoy muffins and other refreshments in their child's classroom on Friday, May 9th.
  • Head Start Student visits Crushers Stadium

    Lake Erie Crushers mascot, Stomper sits with Head Start student who participated in Stomper's Million Minute Reading Challenge earning her free passes to a Crusher's game. If your interested in learning more about Head Start or to enroll visit the Head Start program page.
  • Mother Goose Visit

    Early Head Start students in Oberlin received a special visit from Mother Goose who read stories to the children as part of the Sandusky State Theater's Right to Read program. The program is funded through a partnership with PNC Bank in Cleveland. To learn more about the Right to Read program, visit the Sandusky State Theater website. For more information or to enroll in Early Head Start (infants - toddlers) or Head Start (3-5 years old) visit the Head Start programs page or call 440-245-2009.
  • Mother Goose Visit

    Oberlin Head Start students received a special visit from Mother Goose and her pals who read stories to the children as part of the Sandusky State Theater's Right to Read program. The program is funded through a partnership with PNC Bank in Cleveland. To learn more visit the Sandusky State Theater website. For more information on Head Start or to enroll your child in the program visit the Head Start program page or call 440-245-2009.
  • Green Day

    Head Start kids celebrated green day last month in their classroom at the Hamilton Learning Center in Elyria. Teachers (from left to right) Ms. Bernetta, Ms. Mary and Ms. Brenda shared a lesson with the kids on the color green and discussed all things green while facilitating fun learning activities. For more information on Head Start or to enroll your child visit the Head Start program page.
  • Head Start Students Attend Assembly

    Head Start students attend an assembly on health and nutrition at the Hopkins Locke Head Start in Lorain. The students learned about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Head Start is a preschool program that prepares children for Kindergarten. The program serves children 3-5 years of age and the Early Head Start program serves pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers. If your interested in enrolling your child in the program or for more information visit the Head Start page and apply online.
  • Fatherhood Program

    Duane Barlow, a mentor in the LCCAA Fatherhood Initiative, cuts Daviayr Hoskins' hair at his barbershop, Hats Off, in downtown Lorain. LCCAA offers a 12-week Fatherhood Program and participates in the Collaborative to show men the potential impact they can have on their children's lives. "I can help other dads sharpen their skills from what I have learned through the program." Barlow said. For more information on the LCCAA Fatherhood program contact Marty Eggleston, Fatherhood Coordinator at 440-246-0480.
  • Early Head Start Students Honor Dr. Seuss

    Early Head Start students celebrated Dr.Seuss's birthday by creating cat in the hat art work with their parents. The Early Head Start program provides comprehensive services to pregnant mothers and children from birth to 3 years old in recognition of growing evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development. To find out more information on the Early Head Start program or to enroll visit the Early Head Start web page under the programs.
  • Tech Connect

    LCCAA offers a computer skills training program called Tech Connect. The 8-week course provides training on computer skills such as Microsoft Office, Email, and Internet. Upon completion of the program participants receive a free refurbished computer. For more information contact Tamaron at 440-204-3138.
  • Dental Health Awareness Month

    Head Start students Kiomara and Juan were excited to receive a special gift after their dental exam. The Head Start program has a partnership with Case Western Reserve that provides an onsite pediatric dentist to perform dental screenings on the children. Participating children receive an exam, cleaning, and fluoride treatment. Each child goes home with a dental health kit which includes a new battery operated spin toothbrush.
  • Head Start...I am Moving I am Learning!

    LCCAA takes a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. I am Moving I am Learning better known as "IMIL" seeks to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by teachers. Head Start and the IMIL Initiative promotes and encourages children and families to make healthy food choices every day. Head Start student, Jayvion, is pictured enjoying the gym equipment at the Hopkins Locke Learning Community in Lorain. For more information on Head Start or to enroll visit the Head Start page.
  • FOOD PANTRY PARTNERSHIP

    LCCAA's biggest partnership yet had a direct, tangible and immediate impact. Anticipating a cut in food stamp benefits affecting nearly 20 percent of the Lorain County population, LCCAA offered grants to local food pantries. Twenty-five pantries received $1,400 each to meet a spike in demand expected as the cuts took effect Nov. 1. LCCAA allocated $34,000 from its Community Services Block Grant by gaining approval to use funds from a vacant position. The program operates as a reimbursement providing funds when pantries present receipts for everything from canned goods to toothpaste. Pictured are clients receiving food boxes at the Love Center Food Cupboard. The LCCAA pantry partner located at 1405 E.28th street in Lorain, is open on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (not open the first Thursday of the month).
  • Operation Warm - Southside Gardens

    Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA) announced its partnership with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) this holiday season to give coats to kids through the Operation Warm program. "All across America and in every community there are families struggling to meet their basic needs, said Jackie Boehnlein, LCCAA President and CEO. "We wanted to help ensure that children feel warm, healthy and valued this holiday season." The Operation Warm events took place in Oberlin Home and Southside Gardens this week. Pictured is a family from the Southside Gardens event. On November 19 the event will take place at Wilkes Villa and November 24 at Westview Terrace/Leavitt. The events will take place at each LMHA complex between the hours of 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Operation Warm

    Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA) announced its partnership with Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) this holiday season to give coats to kids through the Operation Warm program. "All across America and in every community there are families struggling to meet their basic needs, said Jackie Boehnlein, LCCAA President and CEO. "We wanted to help ensure that children feel warm, healthy and valued this holiday season." The event kicked off at Oberlin Homes yesterday and pictured are a set of siblings wearing their brand new coats. Next week the Operation Warm events will take place on November 18 at Southside Gardens; November 19 at Wilkes Villa; and November 24 at Westview Terrace/Leavitt. The events will take place at each LMHA complex between the hours of 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Taco Fiesta 2013 Fundraiser

    LCCAA Board Members, Rev. Calvin Curry and Scott Broadwell posed in the photo booth at the LCCAA Taco Fiesta Fundraiser. LCCAA's Board of Directors host the Annual Taco Fiesta fundraiser. This year the event took place at Hamilton Head Start in Elyria on October 29. The family friendly event had a taco bar buffet and fun activities for the everyone to enjoy such as the Latin themed photo booth, face paintings, and prize raffles. A special thanks to everyone who participated and supported this years event!
  • Early Head Start Classroom Technology

    The LCCAA Early Head Start is a program for pregnant mothers and children from ages birth to three years old. The program provides educational services to infants and toddlers in the home or classroom and the family with a variety comprehensive services. Pictured is an early head start child who enjoys working on the touch screen classroom computer learning animal sounds and letter recognition.
  • Hopkins Locke Learning Lab

    Head Start children at the Hopkins Locke Learning Community begin the day counting and identifying the shapes on the wall. Ms. Norma's students are engaged and excited to answer her questions. For more information on Head Start services or to enroll a child today, click the programs tab at the top of this page and select the Head Start program.
  • Oberlin Classes

    Head Start students in Lorain County went back to class this week. Head Start is fully enrolled for 2013-2014 and will serve more than 900 four and five-year-olds this year. Learn more about this high quality, comprehensive program for preschoolers by visiting the Head Start Program page.
  • Back to School

    Head Start students in Lorain County went back to class this week. Head Start is fully enrolled for 2013-2014 and will serve more than 900 four and five-year-olds this year. Learn more about this high quality, comprehensive program for preschoolers by visiting the Head Start Program page.
  • Welcome Back Head Start Staff Training

    Head Start staff returned to work and attended a variety of professional development trainings in preparation for a new school year. Each year staff participate in a week long Head Start professional development training conference to sharpen their skills. Head Start classes begin on September 12th. If you are interested in enrolling a child into the program, please visit the Head Start page.
  • Welcome Back Breakfast

    Head Start staff returned to work for the 2013-14 school year with a welcome back breakfast and words of encouragement from key note speaker, Gary Montgomery. Gary entertained the crowd with stories of his Head Start experiences and his mantra "I Can Play" which he describes as a way of life not just for children, but for adults as well. The Head Start school year begins on September 16th. If you are interested in enrollment services click on the Head Start tab to complete the online application.
  • Crushers Welcome Head Start Readers

    Read-A-Thon students from LCCAA's Head Start Program threw out the first pitches at a recent Lake Erie Crushers game. Students and their families received a warm welcome from fans and especially from Crushers' mascot Stomper.
  • CLTC July Graduates

    The Lorain County Community Action Agency graduated four more students in the Tech Connect program offered at the Community Learning and Technology Center (CLTC), located at 506 Broadway Ave in Lorain. The Tech connect course is an 8 week training program designed to improve computer skills and erase career barriers. To learn more about the CLTC and the Tech Connect program contact Tamaron Wilson at 440-204-3138.
  • Playing in Sandbox

    Head Start moves to help children retain a "sense of wonder" through "A Head Start on Science" to facilitate a lifelong interest in science. The Head Start program works to expand children's perceptions of the world by learning ways to observe science through daily activities. Playing in a sandbox like this child in the Oberlin Head Start program, is one of the ways children learn more about science in the classroom.
  • Summer Cooling Program

    Juan Lopez, Emergency Services Coordinator, works on processing applications for the Summer Cooling Program which provides cooling assistance to income eligible households with a member age 60 or older, or with a documented qualifying medical condition. The program provides assistance on electric bills and offers air conditioners to qualifying households. To learn more about the program or to schedule an appointment call toll free 1-855-806-9620.
  • Apply for HEAP and Head Start

    Families applying for HEAP services at the Lorain HEAP office are now able to apply for Head Start services while they wait. The Lorain HEAP office located at 401 Broadway, now has a Head Start employee available during normal business hours to assist interested families with enrollment services. Head Start is a preschool program that serves children ages 0-5 years old.
  • CLTC Student

    Tech Connect Graduate, Pamela, smiles as she shares her experience in the program, "I've learned so many new computer skills from this class. It was very helpful and I enjoyed participating." The Tech Connect program provides training on Microsoft office programs including, Word, Excel, how to create a resume and job searching online. For more information on the Tech Connect program call 440-204-3138 or visit the CLTC page.
  • Head Start Bridging Ceremonies

    At the end of each school year, the Head Start program celebrates the success of each child's completion of the program by hosting a "Head Start Bridging Ceremony". Parents and family are invited to the ceremony, which honors each child's accomplishments and celebrates their transition into Kindergarten or another year of Head Start. The children walk over a bridge to represent transitioning to their next educational experience. Each child is awarded by their teacher with a Head Start certificate and family photos are taken over the bridge. The photos are provide to the families as a keepsake and memory of the child's Head Start learning experience. Refreshments were also served to the families in the Learning Labs. LCCAA wishes all the Head Start children and families a Happy and Safe Summer Break!
  • Head Start Bridging Ceremonies

    At the end of each school year, the Head Start program celebrates the success of each child's completion of the program by hosting a "Head Start Bridging Ceremony". Parents and family are invited to the ceremony, which honors each child's accomplishments and celebrates their transition into Kindergarten or another year of Head Start. The children walk over a bridge to represent transitioning to their next educational experience. Each child is awarded by their teacher with a Head Start certificate and family photos are taken over the bridge. The photos are provide to the families as a keepsake and memory of the child's Head Start learning experience. Refreshments were also served to the families in the Learning Labs. LCCAA wishes all the Head Start children and families a Happy and Safe Summer Break!
  • Family Fun Day

    In celebration of the end of the school year, Head Start hosted the annual Family Fun Day event. The children participated in tons of fun activities at each Learning Community and enjoyed a picnic style bagged lunch afterwards with their families.
  • Head Start Kitchen Staff

    Head Start Food Service Supervisor, Barbara Williams and her team of kitchen employees prepared hundreds of bag lunches for Head Start's Family Fun Day. The children will enjoy a nutritious lunch with their family after participating in all the fun day activities. Barbara's worked for the LCCAA Head Start Program for over 25 years, preparing meals for the Head Start and Early Head Start children. She enjoys seeing smiles on the children's faces as they take pleasure in eating a variety of nutritious meals. All Head Start children qualify for free lunches through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Ronald McDonald visits Head Start

    Ronald McDonald pays a special visit to the LCCAA Head Start Learning Communities! Ronald discussed the importance of healthy habits while conducting a magic show for the Head Start students. This is the third year Ronald McDonald House has supported the Head Start program's I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) initiative, which promotes exercise and healthy eating. The mission of Ronald McDonald House is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The IMIL initiative is Head Start's proactive approach to addressing childhood obesity, by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy food choices every day.
  • Ronald McDonald visits Head Start

    Ronald McDonald pays a special visit to the LCCAA Head Start Learning Communities! Ronald discussed the importance of healthy habits while conducting a magic show for the Head Start students. This is the third year Ronald McDonald House has supported the Head Start program's I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) initiative, which promotes exercise and healthy eating. The mission of Ronald McDonald House is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The IMIL initiative is Head Start's proactive approach to addressing childhood obesity, by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy food choices every day.
  • Head Start Children

    Head Start students at the Hamilton Head Start Learning Community smile for the camera as they work on developing fine motor skills during a classroom activity. The Head Start program provides comprehensive educational services to children 3 to 5 years of age throughout Lorain County. For more information on the program visit the Head Start page.
  • EHS

    Leanna, and Early Head Start (EHS) caregiver rocks an infant to sleep as the other EHS children listen during story time. Early Head Start provides quality comprehensive services to income-eligible pregnant moms, infants and toddlers through age three. If you are interested in learning more about the program, visit the EHS page or call toll-free 1-888-245-2009.
  • Fatherhood Classroom Reading

    The LCCAA Head Start Fatherhood Initiative is intended to strengthen the role of fathers in families. Head Start Fatherhood events encourage fathers and other male role models to visit the Head Start Learning Communities and participate in educational activities with their children. Pictured is a Head Start child and his father who visited the classroom and read a book to the children. LCCAA Head Start understands and promotes the importance of both mothers and fathers, in playing essential roles to ensuring the well-being of children. To learn more about Head Start or to enroll your child in the program visit the Head Start page.
  • Wild About Learning

    Head Start student gets a lesson in art and language at the program's Wild About Learning event. Head start improves school readiness and promotes the long-term success of early childhood education.
  • Hatch

    Head Start child Ava enjoys learning mathematical skills on the Hatch early learning child computer in her classroom. At Head Start each classroom has a Hatch early learning child computer that is loaded with research-based early learning sofware. The activities are fun and engaging for children. It monitors each child's progress and empowers teachers to make informed decisions when planning small and large group activities.
  • Wild About Learning

    A Head Start mother and daughter had fun playing with face masks at the Head Start Wild About Learning Event at Hamilton Head Start Learning Community in Elyria. The family event was to promote the importance of literacy in early childhood education. The theme of the event was Night at the Museum! For more information on Head Start or to enroll a child in the program click on the Head Start page.
  • Stomper

    Head Start is partnering with the Lake Erie Crushers for a Reading Initiative to encourage early reading! Lake Erie Crushers mascot Stomper stopped by all the Head Start Learning Communities and read stories to the children. Stomper also made a special appearance at the Wild About Learning: Night at the Museum Event, where children participated in Art and Language activities!
  • Spirit Week Mix Match Day

    Head Start celebrated Spirit Week with fun activities for the children and staff. Pictured is Oberlin Head Start Teacher Judy Broud alongside one of her students, who dressed in thier finest mix match outfits to celebrate the Spirit of Head Start!
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

    Head Start children will celebrate the birth of Dr.Seuss during the entire month of March! Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children's books. In honor of his birthday the students made their very own "cat in the hat" to wear in class during story time.
  • Head Start Children Celebrate Black History Month

    LCCAA Head Start and the Oberlin Library celebrated Black History Month with a Capoeira performance by Oberlin College's Rhythms of Resistance group and Head Start students. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music.
  • Home Weatherization Program Helps Keep Cold Out

    The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) provides energy conservation services such as insulation, caulking, and heating system repairs. Pictured is the LCCAA HWAP recipient Juana's newly insulated attic. When asked how she felt about the work performed on her home, Juana replied, "I appreciate all the work performed, especially the respectful treatment of the staff as they worked inside my home." If your interested in learning more about the Home Weatherization Assistance Program call 440-204-3146.
  • Head Start Children Celebrate Black History Month

    LCCAA Head Start and the Oberlin Library celebrated Black History Month with a Capoeira performance by Oberlin College's Rhythms of Resistance group and Head Start students. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music.
  • Never to Early for a Head Start

    It is never to early for a Head Start and the Early Head Start (EHS) program starts at birth. Pregnant mothers are eligible for the Early Head Start program and children from 0-3 years of age. The program offers comprehensive services to pregnant women, infants, toddlers and thier families. For more information on Early Head Start view the web page or contact a Head Start Learning Community.
  • February is National Dental Health Month

    National Children's Dental Health Month is celebrated in February each year. LCCAA Head Start classrooms each received a visit from the tooth fairy who discussed the importance of oral health to the children. Head Start celebrates National Children's Dental Health Month by promoting the importance of oral health and raising awareness. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
  • A Lesson in Healthy Eating Habits

    Head Start children participated in a live food show sponsored by Sysco at the Oberlin Learning Community center to learn about fruits, vegetables, and the importance of good nutrition.
  • Ronald McDonald visits Head Start

    Ronald McDonald takes a break to chat with children during a visit to a Head Start Learning Community where he performed for a family event.
  • Head Start Children Learn About Fire Safety

    Preschoolers at the Hamilton Head Start Learning Community get a "high five" after a lesson in fire safety from the Elyria City Fire Department.
  • Staff Training

    Staff attending training at the Annual Head Start Professional Development Conference.
  • Luminaria Block Walk a Special Event

    The Luminaria Block Walk was a Special Event. See all the great photos from this event in the Media Gallery.
  • Head Start InService Training Conference

    The Agency welcomes back Head Start staff from Winter Break! Staff returned to work and are attending the Annual LCCAA Head Start Professional Development In-Service Training Conference. Pictured are teachers Elsa Quinones and Patty Mendez.
  • Hamilton Head Start Celebrates Winterfest

    Students from the Hamilton Head Start Learning Community celebrated the Annual Head Start Winterfest by singing reindeer songs to family and friends.
  • Oberlin Head Start Winterfest

    The Oberlin Head Start Learning Community celebrated Winterfest with musical entertainment by "The Good News Messengers", while the children helped sing along. The children also participated in winter activities with family and friends in the Learning Labs.
  • Early Head Start Celebrates Winterfest

    The Early Head Start Program provides services to pregnant moms, infants, and toddlers. Visit a Learning Community to see the amazing learning opportunities available to our precious little ones in the EHS Learning Lab.
  • Head Start Winterfest 2012

    Head Start celebrated the Season of Cheer with winter activities for children and parents at each of the Learning Communities.
  • Head Start Winterfest 2012

    Head Start celebrated the Season of Cheer with winter activities for children and parents at each of the Learning Communities.
  • Tech Connect Graduates

    Instructor Arun Singh (far left) and CSBG Coordinator Tamaron Wilson are pictured with the first group of Tech Connect graduates. For more information visit the Community Learning & Technology Center (CLTC) page.
  • HEAP Program offers Propane Assistance

    Pictured is Heap client Michael receiving assistance with propane by Denise a HEAP services advocate. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides utility assistance to eligible households. For more information visit the HEAP page.