Alta Head Start

Alta Head Start


This conversation doesn't stop getting BETTER AND BETTER! TINDER dating, addiction and family trauma, business, entrepreneurship, marriage, food, coping through COVID, and then BOOM!


I LOVED speaking with this couple! Pull up a chair and join us! BUT LET ME BACK UP...Meet Don and Caroline Ritenour, founders and power couple team of YoFresh Food, a food prep and delivery service right here in our local area! BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE! They are agents of hope and change in our area...donating over 23,000 meals, teaching cooking classes to kids, working with special needs kids through aquatics, and becoming a message of hope for those caught in addiction, where he once had been...

SOMETIMES YOU SEE THE FACES, but now you get to hear the backstory!

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BUSINESS LINKS MENTIONED IN INTERVIEW: Adult & Teen Challenge Ohio Valley, Tinder, Alta Head Start, Inspiring Minds Youngstown, Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown Commonwealth Kitchen Incubators, GrimeCast Media, Second Harvest, Potential Development Program

Youngstown Click is a local collection of people (a clique) that is open to all who want to be a part. It exists to create connections between the Places & Faces of Youngstown, Ohio, highlighting our unique and special identity as the region between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. We believe the people are the greatest asset of this area and we are excited to have you along for the journey! The future belongs to those who can see it and we welcome you to be a part of it! - Debbie

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Federal funding is helping preschoolers at Alta Head Start prepare for their next stepping stone.
Joe Shorokey, CEO, Alta Care Group offers advice on how adults can have conversations with children about COVID-19. Alta Behavioral Healthcare Alta Head Start
Holiday Bus Stops by Newport Library

The WRTA Holiday Bus stopped by the Newport branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. Children from Alta Head Start Preschool heard a story by a PLYMC librarian, participated in a craft and boarded the bus to visit with Santa. WRTA brings passengers to several PLYMC libraries, so check out their schedule if you need a ride to the library! WRTA Alta Head Start WKBN 27 Youngstown OH
Why do you love your library? At the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County in Ohio, we asked our community that question. The answers were amazing! Listen to what Joe Shorokey, CEO of Alta Care Group, had to say. Alta Behavioral Healthcare Alta Head Start Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board
Media contact: Roger A. Beltz, LSW, M.Ed, CDC, NCC.
Employment Skills and Training Program Manager/Ohio Notary
Phone: 330-747-7921, ext. 1724
Email: [email protected]

(Next Class to Begin September 23, 2019)

The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP), 1325 Fifth Avenue Youngstown at the corner of Broadway and Fifth in Youngstown, will be holding an OPEN HOUSE on the scheduled dates and times for their Employment Skills and Training Program. They are:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019- 9:00 am and 1:00pm
Monday, September 9, 2019- 9:00am. and 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 11, 2019- 9:00am and 1:00pm

*All must register by September 12, 2019___________________

The information sessions give an outline of what is covered in the class, details of the program and what is expected from each participant. Candidates interested in the next free Training Class of 2019 scheduled to begin September 23. Those interested must attend only one of the informational sessions to be selected. Class space is limited.
The Employment Skills & Training is a free program that helps residents in Mahoning County learn the basic work related skills that can be used in any position they are seeking. The program is designed to assist individuals to overcome work-related barriers. This training is a win-win situation for the employee and employer.
This includes motivational training, interviewing techniques, computer literacy, financial literacy, how to write and format a resume, mock job interviews, placement assistance and other several useful job related topics and life skills.

*The six-week class runs through October 31, 2019 at MYCAP, 1325 Fifth Ave. Potential candidates must be a Mahoning County resident 18 years of age or older, graduated with a high school diploma or working towards completion of a G. E.D., and must bring in last 90 days of income. Veterans, long-term unemployed and individuals with legal problems are encouraged to attend. All chosen participants will receive a free portfolio, flash drives, interview clothing, job placement assistance and possible financial assistance to overcome employment related barriers such as loss of drivers license and lack of G.E.D. regardless of criminal or financial backgrounds.


In addition, all participants must be income eligible at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, which are listed below.

Federal Poverty Guidelines – 125%

Size of Family Annual Income
1 $15,175
2 $20,575
3 $25,975
4 $31,375
5 $36,775
6 $42,175
7 $47,575
8 $52,975
For families with more than 8 people in the household, add $5,400 per person.
The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership will strive to alleviate and prevent the causes of poverty. They plan and implement quality services designed to educate and empower eligible residents of Mahoning County with a goal of moving toward self-sufficiency.
For more information about the program call Roger A. Beltz at MYCAP’s Youngstown office at 330-747-7921 ext. 1724. The office is open Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 6::00 p.m. Closed Fridays.
Thank you WFMJ for pulling all these great partners together for #StufftheBus. We appreciate the support Huntington National Bank Cocca's Pizza and Great Clips And thank you to our funded partner Alta Head Start for bringing your bus out for us this morning!
Please stop allowing teachers to put stickers on kids backs!!! (Reminders etc) you are ruining clothes! For example (not the first shirt!) I have washed this literally 10 times and still cannot get the sticky crap from the stickers off her shirt and now this one is going in the trash!
Denise Washington
Happy Head Start Awareness Month!!

Alta Head Start/Early Head Start is a pre-school program, that is designed to improve the quality of life for children ages birth to 5 years old.

Alta Head Start is a pre-school program, that is designed to improve the quality of life for children ages birth to 5 years old and give them a “Head Start” in education.

Operating as usual


It's coming back! Mark your calendars for May 20th as we celebrate the Alta Head Start Farmer's Market.

This annual event helps us celebrate the families that have worked so hard all year. Parents can use Alta Bucks from volunteering to purchase farm-fresh produce.

The Farmer's Market is open to all Alta Families. Here's a video from our market last year!

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Attention All Alta Head Star Parents: Our Annual Farmers Market is coming up on May 20th. From now until May 13th, you can start earning Alta Bucks to spend on fresh produce. Talk to you teachers today to learn more and we'll see you at the market!


Giving our students a head start on a healthy future is just one of the many things we offer our students. Thank you to the Mercy College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Students in Youngstown, we were able to bring healthy lessons to all of our classrooms.


Part of what we do at Alta Head Start is early detection and prevention with our free health screenings. Dr. Michael Cafaro went to every classroom at all of our locations to check our students for scoliosis and focus on spine health.

We want to thank Dr. Cafaro and Meridian HealthCare for your dedication and donation to make sure that these services along with many others are free to our families.

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Spring has Sprung! Get outside and explore. Make the outdoors a learning experience. Finding plants or bugs doesn't just encourage learning, but also great family bonding.

Autism | Sesame Street in Communities 04/05/2022

Autism | Sesame Street in Communities

In April, the world recognizes Autism. Understanding Autism can help caregivers, families and friends of a child with autism make understand daily challenges while helping to celebrate how unique they are. Sometimes the best understanding comes from our
friends at Sesame Street.

Autism | Sesame Street in Communities Share the amazing by celebrating and supporting the uniqueness of every child, including those on the autism spectrum.

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Margaret Chung was the first America-born Chinese female doctor. She not only jumped gender barriers, but also cultural barriers. She spent her time as an emergency doctor for a railroad hospital, which she did early plastic surgery for patients.

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Today for Women's History, we honor former Surgeon General Antonia Novello, M.D. Novello was the first woman, first person of color, and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General. She focused her attention on the health of women, children and minorities, as well as on underage drinking, smoking, and AIDS. Novello played an important role in launching the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative.

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 03/21/2022

The children had fun learning about how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly with the Youngstown State University students. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle was read to the children.

Afterwards, the children made caterpillars and the created their very own unique butterfly made from fruit, crackers, and pretzels. Everyone enjoyed learning about nature and nutrition. Thank you, Emily and Xena, for sharing your wonderful ideas with the class!!

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For Women's History Month we honor Elizabeth Blackwell. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to become a doctor in the United States. She started a small clinic for the poor in New York City. Blackwell helped to set up the National Health Society. She also served as a professor at the London School of Medicine for Women from 1875 to 1907.


Starting them on a clear and bright future starts early. Thanks again to Dr. Woloschak for the eye exams. We can't wait to SEE how well our kids do after their exams.

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 03/11/2022

The future is clear...especially when the eye exams are free. Thanks to Dr. Woloschak for doing an amazing job with all the kids. Early intervention, especially when it comes to sight, can stop problems in the future. Thanks to everyone who makes this service possible for every student.

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Clara Barton and her sister did what they could to nurse soldiers back to health during the Civil War. After traveling overseas, she learned of an organization called the International Red Cross that helped injured soldiers. After years of lobbying, she founded the American Red Cross.

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Today is International Women's Day. We will be celebrating women through history who have made advances in the medical field.

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 02/28/2022

Last week, Alta Head Start collaborated with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County to present a "Leap Into Science" event. The event focused on the topic of lights and shadows. Children and their parents were provided with a snack and story time, followed by 10 stations at which children could play and experience the phenomenon of how light and objects create shadows.

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Thurgood Marshall started his law career fighting segregation of schools. He became the chief counsel for the NAACP, traveling the country and defending African-Americans who were wrongly accused. He became known as "Mr. Civil Rights" for his work, especially in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case. In 1966 he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon B.Johnson, becoming the first ever African-American Supreme Court Justice.

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Ida B. Wells was a journalist who spoke out against segregation and other forms of discrimination. Giving a voice to those who needed it, she traveled internationally to raise awareness. Beyond her writing, she was crucial to women's suffrage and Civil Rights. Wells was also one of the founders of the NAACP. Her words helped generations fight for change.

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Katherine Johnson used her mastery of mathematics to send astronauts to the moon and back, while leaping racial hurdles. Herself and several other African-American women worked as "human computers" for NASA to calculate trajectory of flight paths, including Apollo 11's historic trip to the moon. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. In 2016, NASA dedicated the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at the Langley Research Center to commemorate the hard work she did to help them reach the stars.


A healthy outside starts from the inside.

Thank you again to the YSU Nutrition students. All of the kids loved making (and eating) their Mighty Muffins!

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 02/16/2022

The Youngstown State University Nutrition Students spent time at one of our Campus of Care classrooms teaching the children how to make healthy muffins. The Head Start students wore chef hats as they chopped up fresh fruit of their choice and made their own unique muffins. If You Feed A Moose a Muffin was a story read to the children that enhanced their learning experience. What a fun activity. The muffins turned out perfect. Thank you Zoe, Brooke and Laila for visiting with us today!

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Jackie Robinson was the first African-American MLB player of modern times. His debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 broke the color barrier and helped bring an end to racial segregation in professional baseball. Beyond baseball, he became the first African-American Vice President of a major American company and helped to establish the Freedom National Bank. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Harriet Tubman was a former slave who risked her freedom and life to help over 300 slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

During the Civil War she was a nurse, a spy and even helped on a campaign to rescue 750 slaves. After the Civil War she spent her life helping the sick and poor and fighting for equal rights of both women and African Americans.


SNOW DAY!!! All classes are closed today due to the weather. Bundle up and take the little ones outside for a fun day in the snow.

We'll see you all on Monday.

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Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the biggest leaders of Civil Rights. His "I Have a Dream" speech is one of the most famous speeches in history. His passion for equality is just as important today. Help honor his legacy today and everyday as we celebrate his life.

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February is Black History Month. Throughout this month we will learn about those who made history by fighting for equality and breaking barriers. Help us celebrate by teaching your little ones about your favorite African American hero!

Exploring Emotions | Sesame Street in Communities 01/25/2022

Exploring Emotions | Sesame Street in Communities

Understanding emotions is important for any child to grow. What better way to learn about emotions than with one of the most famous teachers in history...Elmo.

Exploring Emotions | Sesame Street in Communities When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them to grow and thrive.

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 01/18/2022

Congratulations to Renaissance classroom 1 on their official adoption of a brand-new baby calf named Apple through the Discover Dairy program. With the support from our friends at the OSU Extension Group our friends in classroom one will follow along with Apple for the first year of her life and enjoy watching her grow.

The children will begin to learn about milk and dairy products and where the come from. Follow us as we embark on this fabulous adventure!! Look for more MOOS to come about Apple!

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Today we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His life has taught us to care for ourselves and others while always striving for change. We want all of our students to have the best education at an early age to make sure their futures are bright.

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Alta Head Start provides a learning environment that supports child's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. We love being able to give children the tools they need to be successful in life. Enroll today at

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This new year, it's time you give your child the resolution of a great education. Visit

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We want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year! Let's make 2022 even better than 2021.

Photos from Alta Head Start's post 12/28/2021

The Youngstown State University Minority Education Association students stopped by our YSU location for a Santa's Penguin Helper event to bring gifts to our students. They provided two gifts to each student. We can't begin to thank you for your support!

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