50 Home Based slots to be filled by May, 2010

Girard - Thanks to a grant from the Department of Health & Human Services/Office of Head Start (OHS) in the amount of $623,560, the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) will soon be able to extend Early Head Start participation to 50 additional families. Applications for participation will be sought and accepted from families in Chautauqua, Elk, Woodson, Allen, Wilson, and Linn counties.

Home Based Early Head Start is a program that teaches expecting mothers and/or families of children 0 to 3 years old how to engage with, develop, and encourage their child'€™s growth and education in a healthy and positive way. Families that participate in the program learn how to identify and track changes and needs throughout a child'€™s developmental years. The funding from OHS is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a two-year grant. SEK-CAP is anticipating an additional $560,412 that will allow for the continuation of this Home Based Early Head Start program through 2011. The grant will allow SEK-CAP to create seven jobs, including five new Home Based Family Educators.

SEK-CAP currently administers Early Head Start services in Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, and Neosho counties, assisting 202 families. Ten families are served through another initiative in Allen County. For more information about SEK-CAP Early Childhood Services, contact Linda Broyles or Joanie Burke at the SEK-CAP administrative offices in Girard.