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 deeply affected, perpetuate the same kind of experiences that damaged them in the first place, such as domestic abuse, child abuse, alcohol and/or drug addiction, failed relationships and early death from preventable diseases.ACE Pyramid Fortunately, good results have come from the identification of traumatized people suffering from the effects of ACE, when intervention strategies are made available to victims. Because the strategies are not overly complicated, and the pool of sufferers seem inordinately represented in families challenged by poverty, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program put together a plan to offer individuals with children enrolled in our program intervention strategies to follow through a pilot program we call Adverse Childhood Experiences Intervention/Prevention Project. We calculated the costs of such a program and figured we’d need about $50,000 to provide guided intervention strategies for about 30 adults. Our goal was to secure funding by July 1, 2014, and to launch the program at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. By May 20, 2014, we easily reached our funding goal, and we are deeply grateful to the following organizations for supporting our project: Twin County United Way $21,000; Inland Northwest Community Foundation $20,000; The Idaho Children’s Trust Fund $3,000;Clearwater Paper $1,500. We believe the project will accomplish some important goals. For example, intervention will improve the general health of the individuals involved, improve parenting skills, improve adult relationships, and perhaps most importantly, reduce the likelihood of traumatized adults perpetuating the cycle of domestic violence and child abuse in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Enrollment in the project will be voluntary, available to people with children enrolled in Head Start, Early Head Start, and/or Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program in Nez Perce and Asotin County. To qualify, candidates must take part in a survey  that determines level of risk as estimated by the survey responses. Interventions will be individualized to address the diverse needs of the volunteer participants.


Nez Perce Tribe, A History of Giving

by Cynthia Tierney on 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 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:

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

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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Avista Supports LCECP Orofino Head Start Relocation

July 11, 2013

Mike Tatko, Regional Business Manager of Avista, presents Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program grant writer, Cynthia Tierney, with an award of $580.00 for the Orofino classroom relocation. In 2012, Avista awarded $10,000 to LCECP to support the first phase of the Hurlbut Mansion renovation. Thanks, Avista, for your continued support.

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The LCECP Orofino Head Start Project

May 11, 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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October 11, 2010

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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October 11, 2010

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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October 11, 2010

 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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October 11, 2010

  Back Row: Shawna Altmiller, Lenne Bonner, Joe Pippenger, Ashley Steinbruecker, Janene Leaton, Sarah Johnson, Amber Hanes Miller: Front Row: Colleen Hall, Tami Plank, Brianna Capps, Hollie Sandifur and Anson Hanes-Miller. Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic (CVHC) staff worked together to raise $1001.16 for the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program (LCECP) in support of the Orofino […]

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