Council on Rural Services

We provide comprehensive education and support services to individuals and families. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff build partnerships with people of all ages, and inspire them to seek new opportunities which increase their potential for growth.

Currently, our programs are offered in nine counties in west-central Ohio: Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Van Wert. We invite you to learn more about the innovative learning programs offered by the Council on Rural Services.

Our Mission
We provide a unique mix of learning and social experience to develop competence, motivation, and behavior for a better life and stronger community.

Our Vision
Empowering individuals and families to achieve stability, hope, and confidence.

Our Strategic Plan
Our goal is to develop an organization-wide education and support system that provides seamless services.



  1. Determine the Preferred Scope and Impact of our Head Start and Early Childhood Mission.
  2. Build Positive Child-Centered Relationships with local School Districts.
  3. Diversify our Strategic Partners and Funding.
  4. Expand our Gateway Youth Service Continuum of Care
  5. Maintain Head Start, Department of Education, and JFS Compliance and Quality
  6. Develop and Retain our People
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