A Season to Give-An Opportunity to Support LCECP

by Cynthia Tierney on November 5, 2014

The giving season is upon us, and it is a good time to be altruistic. There are many worthy non-profit organizations in need of your support. We hope you will consider Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program as you plan your charitable giving budget.

We are a private non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide early childhood education and family support services for limited income families through our Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. We believe our 40-year-plus record of providing exceptional family services to Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho puts us in a unique position to reassure all donors that investing in young children and their families pays off.114_2532

Research indicates that every dollar invested in quality early childhood care and education like Head Start yields high rewards, as much as seven to nineteen dollars for every one dollar invested. A typical gift of $100 now, results in an investment of $700 to $1,900 in a local community’s future. Children who experience Head Start preschool are less likely to commit crimes; more likely to earn higher wages; more likely to graduate from high school, go on to earn a college degree and base their careers in the community where they grew up. These findings are well documented through years of monitoring and research and the conclusions are virtually unanimous: Head Start Works!

To make donating to us as easy as possible, please follow the link to the Make A Donation tab. It’s a secure and easy way to give. If you prefer, you can email Cynthia at ctierney@lcecp.org and make a pledge to the program and name a date you wish to be “invoiced” for your donation. If you already give to United Way, you can still help us by naming Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program as your designee.

Your tax deductible donation will truly make a difference in the future of young families living in poverty. Your consideration is deeply appreciated.


by Cynthia Tierney on October 23, 2014

114_2504On one of the last warm days in Orofino, the new, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Head Start Center (LCECP) embraced the donors and citizens who brought the relocation project to fruition. In the picture below Executive Director, Alice Weaver, speaks to our honored guest, Sam Penney, of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.  The Nez Perce Tribe awarded $20,000 to the project through their Local Education Funding disbursement.114_2521

Sam Penney is former chairman and member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC). He was first elected to NPTEC in 1989 and served through May 2010. Sam served thirteen years as Chairman of NPTEC and four years as Vice-Chairman and held numerous assignments during his years on NPTEC. He has extensive knowledge and experience about the federal legislative process. Penney has provided testimony before U.S. Congress and worked with members of Congress in advocating on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe regarding federal legislation and the protection of Nez Perce treaty reserved rights. Sam also has knowledge on how the judicial branch (federal courts) and executive branch (President and Administration) of the federal government operates. Read more…


On October 21, the Lewiston Tribune celebrated the opening of the LCECP Head Start Center on the front page. Reporter Chelsea Embree visited Orofino to get some very nice pictures of the classroom in action. The Tribune has invited us to share that file with  you. Simply follow the link: LCECP Orofino Center LMT 10-21-14

A touching tribute to the many people who contributed to the relocation project greets visitors to the center as they enter the building. It reads Thank You: Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Program Fund, Orofino Joint School District #171, Orof114_2522ino Friends of LCECP, Donors, Volunteers, Businesses and Organizations.

Pictured left, our guests gather for the presentation. The ribbon cutting ceremony follows, and then a tour of the facility.




KIWANIS Wrap Up Fundraising Efforts-Open House October 13, 2014

October 1, 2014

Though the town of Orofino was sleepy on September 20, Orofino Kiwanis Club raised nearly $600.00 to help with the final costs of the LCECP Orofino Head Start Project. While Misty Tolman and her niece, Drew Lashly, of TimberJack’s Pet Services, handled the dogs, dog owners and other curious community members enjoyed Teresa Stolte’s tour of the new facility. Pictured left are […]

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Intervention/Prevention Pilot Project

August 19, 2014

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) threatens the health and well being of millions of people in this country and around the world. While some people seem to be able to overcome early trauma depending upon the intensity of the experience, many others suffer profound negative impact for the rest of their lives. Ironically, many of those […]

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Generous Gift to Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program

July 31, 2014

Alice Weaver, Ken Ganskie and Cynthia Tierney were delighted to receive a $10,000 grant award presented by Dan Kane and McCoy Oatman. This is the second $10,000 grant given to support the new LCECP Head Start Center in Orofino. Mr. Kane commented that he was proud of the decision to continue to support the setup […]

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Nez Perce Sends Notice of Award

July 11, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee awarded a $10,000 grant to Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program to help complete the remodel of the new Head Start center in Orofino. The first tribal award for $10,000 in 2013 was applied toward the purchase of the buildings needed to provide staff and classroom spaces […]

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Wells Fargo Gives to Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program

July 11, 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 […]

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Nez Perce Tribe, A History of Giving

September 11, 2013

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 […]

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Kiwanis Kids Penny Drive

August 11, 2013

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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American West Bank Supports LCECP

August 11, 2013

Helen LeBoeuf, Manager of American West Bank awards $840.00 in Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) funds to support Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program (LCECP), a regional provider of Head Start, Early Head Start and Washington Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. Increasingly, donations to Head Start and other high quality early education facilities, help financial institutions meet their CRA […]

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