Reynolds Continues Mission with LCECP

by admin on April 17, 2014


Ron Reynolds, our new general operations coordinator, has been hard at work making sure the facilities are well maintained, safe, and secure for the families and children we serve.

Ron brings with him a rich history of working for non-profits, drawn to them, he says, because of a common mission to create a space where everyone contributes and no one is left behind. Once an operations manager for Good Will Industries,  Ron’s mission was “helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.”

As manager of Lewiston’s Habitat Store, the main fundraising element for the Lewiston – Clarkston Partners Habitat For Humanity organization, he worked to“ bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Now, as General Operations Coordinator for Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, he brings powerful experience and background to advance our program’s mission to “strengthen families and prepare children for lifelong learning through the combined efforts Up close Locust Treeof staff, parents and the community”.

Last week, Ron supervised the removal of several locust trees from the fenced-in area facing 19th Avenue, behind the main office building. Ron explained that, unfortunately, the trees were diseased, and could potentially shed branches, thus posing a hazard to staff and children. The plan is to replace the locust trees with 6 flowering plum and cherry trees. They will line the back fence providing shade and beauty behind the garden spot where children are busy this time of year planting vegetable seeds. Children and families will care for the garden throughout the summer, rewarded by the fresh vegetables they glean, and the opportunity to “play in the dirt.”

We are happy to welcome Ron Reynolds to our staff. His values and work ethic are a great match for this hard-working organization.


Contact Ron Reynolds at (208) 743-6573 Ext: 222

Nez Perce Tribal Website

by admin on April 9, 2014

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.

To learn more about the history and traditions of the Nez Perce Tribe, please visit the tribal website by visiting their website:

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