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Cincinnati Early Learning Centers Receives Grants for Expansion of CELC – Price Hill Center

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Early Learning Centers has received $65,000 in grants toward the continuing renovation of its newest early learning center in Price Hill. The Andrew Jergens Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and generous philanthropists who partner with GCF have provided funding toward work on Phases III and IV of the renovation of this center.  

The Cincinnati Early Learning Center – Price Hill center opened earlier this year and now has 20 children enrolled. These grants will allow for the next phase of expansion of the center: two additional preschool classrooms and observation booth, and one new infant/toddler room, which will prepare 50 additional children for kindergarten. The grants also include the funding of furniture for these portions of the Center. When the entire center is completed, the building will eventually be open to children from newborn to preschool ages, and will enroll up to 130 children.

“Thanks to The Andrew Jergens Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and these individuals, CELC will be able to serve more children and families in Price Hill, and have a positive impact on their learning and development,” says Patricia Gleason, CELC president and CEO.

Founded in 1981, CELC has grown to be one of the most respected early-childhood organizations in Ohio. CELC is dedicated to working with children, teachers and parents to ensure each child is ready for lifelong success.


February 27, 2017

Cincinnati Early Learning Center Opens Eighth Early Learning Center
New Center is the Third Located in Price Hill

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Early Learning Centers has opened its eighth early learning center in Greater Cincinnati. This new center is located at: 4991 Cleves-Warsaw Road, and is CELC’s third early learning center in Price Hill. The two other CELC Price Hill centers are the Robert & Adele Schiff Early Learning Centers I and II, located near the Oyler School.

To open this latest center, CELC purchased and is renovating the Westminster Presbyterian Church. There are six phases to complete the renovation of this new facility. The first two phases are complete, and the center is now open to 40 children. The next phase is targeted to be completed by fall of 2017, and will include two additional preschool rooms. When the project is completed, the building will eventually be open to children from newborn to preschool ages. When the full building renovation is complete, CELC will serve up to 130 children in this center.

To celebrate the opening of the Cincinnati Early Learning Center – Price Hill, there will be an official open house on April 4th from 4 to 6 pm.

“The staff and board of the Cincinnati Early Learning Centers are thrilled to be expanding our programs to our newest center in Price Hill,” said CELC President & CEO Patricia Gleason. “This has been an exciting project to work on, and we are looking forward to completing the center renovation to serve even more children in Price Hill.”

The CELC - Price Hill Center is supported generously by many organizations, including: The Thomas J. Emery Memorial, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Andrew Jergens Foundation, The Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation, The Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation, The Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee and individual donors. 


December 6, 2016

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers Announces Two Promotions Among Leadership Team

Cincinnati – Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC), recognized by Ohio with the state’s highest rating for licensed learning and development programs, is announcing the promotions of two members of its leadership team.

Tracey Rowe is now CELC’s senior vice president. In her 28-year career with CELC, she has lead the organization in its growth of early childhood programs and strategic planning, most recently as vice president of programs. In Rowe’s new role, her leadership will continue to help strengthen and expand CELC, its community relationships, and its early childhood education. In addition to her role with CELC, Rowe is the current chair of the Consortium for Resilient Young Children. Rowe lives in Batavia.

Tracy Rowe, Senior Vice President

DeAnna Lane is now CELC’s vice president of Outside Services, a growing new division that provides support and services to programs not affiliated with CELC. She has worked for CELC for 17 years, and her leadership was an instrumental role in that expansion as well as in representing the organization in the community. In her new role, Lane will focus on managing CELC’s Outside Services, which includes the following services: Management Assistance, Family Services and Professional Development. In addition to her career at CELC, Lane is an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati. She lives in North Avondale.

DeAnna Lane, Vice President of Outside Services


July 16, 2016

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers Receives $75,000 Grant to Help 100+ Price Hill Children Succeed

The Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC), recognized by Ohio with the state’s highest rating for licensed learning and development programs, recently received a $75,000 grant from the The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, to transform Price Hill’s former Westminster Presbyterian Church into a state-of-the-art early learning facility for more than 100 children. This will be CELC’s third early learning center in Price Hill, joining The Robert & Adele Schiff Early Learning Centers I and II, which are adjacent to the Oyler School.

CELC’s transformation of the three-story Westminster Presbyterian Church on Cleves Warsaw Pike will be completed in stages. The first two phases, for which the PNC grant is funding, will comprise of first-floor renovations, infrastructure, the entrance, administrative offices and up to three preschool classrooms. The building will also include observation booths and a conference center to support professional development for teachers.

“Providing children with the tools they will need for success today and in the future is absolutely critical. Our teachers create environments that nurture children academically, emotionally and socially and foster critical thinking skills and creativity,” said Patti Gleason, CELC president and CEO, “and this is why our Board has made expansion a strategic priority. We would not be able to do that without the generous, long term support of PNC who also provided us with an earlier grant for a renovation project.”


June 20, 2016

Lower Price Hill Play Space Now Open To Public
CELC's Schiff Nature Play Scape Provides Much Needed Green Space For Outdoor Learning

Cincinnati, OH - Community members and public officials gathered on June 16th in Lower Price Hill to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the all new Cincinnati Early Learning Center's outdoor learning and discovery space for neighborhood children. Attendees at the ribbon cutting included State Representative Denise Driehaus, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, the CELC staff, and the Community Learning Center Institute staff. Representatives of many community agencies also attended, including 4C for Children, Leave No Child Inside, Lower Price Hill Community Council, and Santa Maria Community Services.

Located at the Robert and Adele Schiff Early Learning Centers I and II at Oyler School, the Schiff Nature Play Scape features a stage area, planting boxes for children to grow gardens, a hillside for climbing, and other beautiful, natural areas. It was designed by Rachel Robinson Landscape Designs and constructed by Jeffrey Allen Landscape.

“Outdoor spaces have a way of inviting creativity and play, and is important in a child’s growth and development,” said Patti Gleason, CELC president and CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to offer children and families in Lower Price Hill a new environment where they can grow and learn.”

The Schiff Early Learning Center II was opened in 2015, adjacent to the Schiff Early Learning Center I; both of which are operated by CELC and hold a 5-star rating from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Step Up To Quality. They are an integral part of Oyler's Community Learning Center.

The new Schiff Nature Play Scape will be the site for many special events during summer months, including the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County doing Neighborhood Storytime and Music on June 23rd; Cincinnati Zoo on the Move on July 12th, and more. The schedule of upcoming events at the Play Scape will be listed on CELC’s Facebook page.


April 11, 2016

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers Celebrates 35 Years of Early Learning Excellence

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Early Learning Centers is proud to be celebrating its 35th year as being one of the most respected early childhood organizations in Ohio. To celebrate the landmark anniversary, CELC will host a 35th Birthday Party Celebration in early October.

Founded in August, 1981, CELC opened its first location in Harrison, Ohio, with 25 students. Thirty-five years later, CELC has grown to seven centers located in six urban neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati with more than 500 students annually. CELC has focused on excellence in providing quality education to its children. All of CELC’s centers are 5-Star Step Up to Quality rated centers, the highest rating for licensed learning and development programs.

Through the years, CELC has helped more than 12,000 children prepare for kindergarten. Significant events in CELC’s history:

- CELC has 25 of its staff members who have been with the organization for more than 10 years, and 11 of these boast more than 20 years of tenure.

- CELC’s seven 5-Star Step Up to Quality rankings are the most of any agency in Hamilton County.

- CELC ranked 58 out of the small companies in the 2015 Cincinnati Enquirer’s Top 100 Survey of Best Places to Work.

 “CELC is very proud of our long track record of providing the highest-quality care and education to the children who are entrusted to us,” said Patti Gleason, president and CEO of CELC. “The teachers and staff of CELC are excited to celebrate this big year with each other, and with the children and their families.”

To celebrate this landmark year, CELC will host a 35th birthday party. The highlights include:

Date: October 6, 2016 beginning at 11:30 am

Location: The Bell Event Center, 444 Reading Road, Cincinnati

Honoree: Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation

Keynote Speaker: Jon-Paul Bianchi of the Kellogg Foundation

More details will be announced closer to the date of the event.


March 2, 2016

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers wins $16,250 Grant from PricewaterhouseCoopers

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC) has won a $16,250 grant from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Foundation in support of CELC’s early childhood education programs.

The grant will provide for resources and services such as educational supplies for children and technology support for teachers at CELC, whose seven locations recently received a 5-star rating from Step Up To Quality, Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs.

“The generosity of PricewaterhouseCoopers will have a positive impact on myriad areas of our mission so we can continue to do our job preparing children for kindergarten,” says Patricia Gleason, CELC president and CEO.

The PwC Charitable Foundation has invested $3.25 million in supporting the work of innovative organizations that create better access and programs for the underserved, as well as prepare, train or re-credential talent for jobs in today’s changing economy so that educators, school leaders and nonprofits across the country can transform education.

Founded in 1981, CELC has grown to be one of the most respected early-childhood organizations in Ohio. CELC is dedicated to working with children, teachers and parents to ensure each student is excited about education, and CELC follows National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation standards for Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

“Grants such as this one from PwC, along with our 5-star rating, highlight the quality education we’re providing young children across the Greater Cincinnati area,” Gleason says. “We’re proud that CELC has been so successful at preparing children for kindergarten and giving them the foundation they need to soar in school and in life.”


February 23, 2016

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers Purchases West Price Hill Site to Add 8th Location

Cincinnati  — Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, which recently received 5-Star Step Up To Quality ratings, the highest possible rating for all of its seven locations, has purchased property in West Price Hill to open an eighth site.

After a large renovation project, the new center will operate in what originally was built as the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Cleves Warsaw Pike. The renovation will take place in stages, with the first stage to comprise the entrance, administrative offices and up to three preschool classrooms. In 2017, the site will add a program for children ages newborn to 3, as well as additional preschool classrooms.

The West Price Hill Center also will feature observation booths and meeting space for professional development. CELC is working with 4C for Children, as well as local universities, to collaborate on teacher education.

“This new location will allow us to impact an underserved community in West Price Hill,” says Patricia Gleason, president and CEO of CELC, which currently operates locations in Downtown Cincinnati, East Walnut Hills, Lower Price Hill (two centers), East End, Clifton and Harrison. “We held a gathering on Feb. 17 to meet our new neighbors and learn about their desires and concerns. We wanted to understand their dreams for their community, while also sharing our vision for the new center."

Founded in 1981, CELC has grown to be one of the most respected early-childhood organizations in Ohio. All seven existing CELC sites have received a 5-Star rating from Step Up To Quality, Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs.

CELC has raised $472,500 for the new center, including funds from the Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Community Investment Grant and funds received from private foundations – Andrew Jergens Foundation, Thomas J. Emery Foundation, and Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation) and other generous donors. CELC is soliciting financial support to meet the funding needs for all project stages and is working with contractors to develop a renovation timeline and overall construction/furnishing cost.


January 19, 2016

Multi-site Child Care Agency Certified with Prestigious 5-Star Rating from Step Up To Quality
CELC’s Top Ranking at All Seven Locations is the Most for Any Agency in Hamilton County, Ohio

Cincinnati – Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC) achieved a significant milestone as the child care provider with the most programs—seven—to earn the prestigious 5-Star Quality Rating in Hamilton County, Ohio. The distinguished 5-Star Quality Rating comes from Step Up To Quality, which is Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs.

Step Up To Quality’s 5-Star Quality Rating for all seven CELC locations means that this early education provider has the most centers earning top marks in Hamilton County. The 5-Star Quality Rating recognizes key areas like staff/child ratios and group sizes; learning and development; administrative and leadership practices; staff qualifications and professional development; and family and community partnerships.

CELC’s early education centers are located in six urban neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati, and the only 5-star rated center in its original location in Harrison, Ohio. The nonprofit organization believes that all children, regardless of their family’s income level, deserve the opportunity to grow and flourish. CELC’s seven 5-Star centers are located in Downtown Cincinnati, East Walnut Hills, Price Hill (two centers), East End, Clifton and Harrison.

Step Up To Quality recognizes learning and development programs that exceed licensing health and safety standards. The Step Up To Quality program standards recently expanded from three to five levels, and now include family and community engagement and health-promotion standards.

“United Way and Success By 6 has had the pleasure of partnering with CELC for more than 30 years,” says Stephanie Wright Byrd, executive director of Success By 6 of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “This recent achievement demonstrates their commitment to quality and to their tradition of offering the best early learning experiences to the families they serve. CELC will help us meet our Bold Goal that 85 percent of children in our community will be prepared for kindergarten.”

Founded in 1981, CELC has grown to be one of the most respected early childhood organizations in Ohio, with seven 5-Star locations in Greater Cincinnati.

“This was an intense but worthwhile process and validates the work our teachers do every day,” says Patricia Gleason, president and CEO of CELC. “I am incredibly proud to be working with such a talented group of people who are dedicated to making sure that every child has a positive early childhood experience.”


September 25, 2015

Step Up To Quality Recognizes Child Care Center with Prestigious 5-Star Quality Rating
Cincinnati Early Learning Center’s Top Ranking is the First and Only in Harrison, Ohio

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC) Harrison, Ohio, location achieved a first as the only child care center in Harrison to earn a 5-Star Quality Rating from Step Up To Quality, which is Ohio's quality rating and improvement system for licensed learning and development programs. The center at 498 S. State Street, Harrison, OH, 45030, is led by Director April Mueller; (513) 367-2129.

Step Up To Quality’s 5-Star Quality Rating for CELC’s Harrison location means that this early education center is the only provider in this southwestern Ohio city to currently earn top marks in key areas like staff/child ratios and group sizes; learning and development; administrative and leadership practices; staff qualifications and professional development; and family and community partnerships.

Step Up To Quality recognizes learning and development programs that exceed licensing health and safety standards. The Step Up To Quality program standards recently expanded from three to five levels, and now include family and community engagement and health-promotion standards.

“We are proud that our center is the first—and so far, only—early education center in Harrison to receive the prestigious 5-Star Quality Rating from Step Up To Quality,” says Patricia Gleason, president and CEO of CELC. “This rating system helps parents choose the best early education provider for their children. At CELC, our greatest sense of achievement comes when we walk into our classrooms and see our children benefitting from age-appropriate curricula, very low child-to-staff ratios and highly qualified teachers.”

CELC believes that all children, no matter their family’s income level, deserve the opportunity to grow and flourish. The Harrison center serves children and families from Harrison; Cleves; Bright, Ind.; and many surrounding communities. The Harrison center offers programs for children ages 18 months to 10 years. In addition to the 5-Star Quality Rating from Step Up To Quality, the Harrison center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Founded in 1981, CELC has grown to be one of the most respected early childhood organizations in Ohio, with locations in Harrison, Downtown Cincinnati, East Walnut Hills, Price Hill, East End and Clifton. Four CELC centers have received the prestigious 5-Star Quality Rating, while three CELC centers boast an excellent 4-Star Quality Rating from Step Up To Quality and have applied for the higher ranking. CELC has been a United Way partner for more than 30 years.