In April of 2013 Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program applied for Nez Perce Tribal Local Education Funding to support relocating the Head Start classroom in Orofino from a rented space a distance from the school, to the grounds of the elementary school. We were notified in late July of our grant award of $10,000. This large donatioon literally set the campaign in motion. Service groups, individuals and an amazing team of fund raisers from Orofino’s education-friendly community raised another $25,000 toward the project. We are now on target to open the new facility in September of 2014.

In 2013, the tribe awarded nearly $342,000 in grants to numerous schools and education programs on and off the reservation, including $10,000 for Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program who had applied the first time. We learned of the tribe’s dedication to serving youth both on and off the reservantion as we celebrated being 1 of 40 grant receipients across five counties, Idaho, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Latah and Lewis. Executive committe member Daniel Kane, said education is the key to overcoming hardships facing too many children on the reservation and beyond. Reaching out with significant dollars for high impact programs like Head Start, is an expression of the tribes dedication to making a difference in the lives of young people both on and off the reservation.

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A student helps Cadez attach the teepee's door. A student helps Cadez attach the teepee’s door.

Wells Fargo Foundation Grant Award

by admin on April 2, 2014


 The past decade of scientific research in early childhood brain development has confirmed that the birth-to five-year-old period is critically important for establishing a child’s ability to adapt. The support given to preschool-age children helps them develop the learning and social skills that are vital for a successful future. A major project to improve the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Center in Orofino by moving it out of a rented building and onto the grounds of Orofino School District’s Elementary School is underway and should be move-in ready by September 2014. Funds continue to pour in to help support this popular community project.

 Wells Fargo Foundation’s Community Development Grant Award for $2,500 was presented today to LCECP staff  by Wells Fargo executives from the Main Street  Lewiston Branch. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Pictured Left to Right: Spencer Brower, District Manager,  Ken Ganskie, LCECP Director of Finance, Jack Porter, Business Relationship Manager, Cynthia Tierney, LCECP Grant Writer, Bryan Holjeson, Lewiston Main Manager.

Not pictured but involved in the process, Becky Bernier, Wells Fargo award coordinator, and Lindsey Smalley, LCECP Volunteer Coordinator.

Orofino Volunteers are Superstars!

January 29, 2014

Kiwanis Kids: A recent trip to Orofino to pick up $200.00 collected by Orofino Elementary School students who are part of the Kiwanis Kids group, was a truly heartwarming experience. As you see by the picture, they are not only a beautiful group, but proud and very responsible. Thank you! K-Kids for collecting two hundred […]

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U.S. Bank Foundation, Community Bank, Others, Support LCECP

August 28, 2013

 In response to the need to increase non-federal program income in the face of automatic budget cuts, a number of businesses have donated generously. Pictured, Steve Greenfield and Julie Frazey from U.S. Bank in Lewiston issuing a $1,000.00 check from U.S. Bank Foundation to Executive Director, Dorlan Hergesheimer, and Grant Writer, Cynthia Tierney.  Lewis-Clark Early Childhood […]

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August 16, 2013

The bake sale to benefit Orofino’s Head Start Project can be declared a genuine success, and we didn’t sell a single thing. Instead, Orofino citizens donated anywhere from $10.00 to $150.00, in exchange for baked goodies of their choice, for a whopping $1,270.00 in donations in just 4 hours! Thank you to the dedicated members […]

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Toxic Stress Response

May 30, 2013

Watch the Video. The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body (especially the brain), with damaging effects on […]

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How Much is a Great Preschool Worth? by Daniel Walters

May 17, 2013

Nationally, preschool simultaneously sits in the showcase and on the chopping block. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced a push to provide high-quality preschool to every child in America. But the March 1 “sequester” threatens to deeply gouge federal funding, including Head Start. More than 900 low-income children could be […]

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Check out the 2013 Lewis-Clark Valley Video

May 16, 2013

Valley Vision and Digital Barn Productions presents the 2013 Lewis-Clark Valley Video.

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Ronald D. Herndon, Chairman of the Board, National Head Start Association

May 15, 2013

Posted on the National Head Start Association Webpage: Ron Herndon has served as chairman of the National Head Start Association since July 1993. As chairman, he serves as an ambassador representing the needs of the Head Start community to members of Congress, the administration, and the general public. He also provides guidance and leadership to […]

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Orofino School District Extends Invitation

May 9, 2013

The Invitation: Robert Vian, Superintendent of Joint School District 171, home of Orofino Elementary School, has invited Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program to move in!  In his letter of support, Mr. Vian lists a number of advantages for both the community and the school district: “For years, our school district has absorbed the cost of transporting students who […]

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