“SEK-CAP Head Start employees ask this question every day: “How are the children doing?”  The Head Start program works to develop school-ready children who are strong in all areas of their lives—academic, physical, social and emotional, as well as nurture strong, stable families with support systems that are essential to the child’s growth.”


Two SEK-CAP Head Start Centers have each been awarded a $5,000 grant to improve their outdoor play spaces. The Parsons and Galena centers received this funding through the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play, who distributed 372 of these grants nationwide in an effort to increase physical activity, outdoor play, and healthy eating among Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff. The playground improvements will include the addition of shade trees and perennials to enhance children’s sensory experiences and shade opportunities, climbing hills to boost children’s gross motor development, and a variety of playground equipment designed to engage children in unstructured play activity where they develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.

“The Kansas Association of Community Action Programs recently released an updated Kansas Report on Poverty.  This report is valuable in educating all people on the plight of the more than 25% of our Kansas population currently living at or below 125% of the FPL. Every person should be an advocate for the over 160,000 Kansans living in extreme poverty. Everyone should be aware that this epidemic of poverty infects every segment of Kansas life.

Kansas ranked last in the nation making progress in insuring children. Kansas' rate of uninsured children in 2010 was 8.2%, up from 7.4% in 2008 according to the study conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families.
To view the Kansas Report on Poverty, please visit the KACAP webpage: http://www.kacap.org/ProgramsandResources/ProgramsandResources/2012KansasPovertyReport.aspx

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, inc. (SEK-CAP) is submitting an application for operating assistance for transportation under the U.S.C. 5311 (rural public transportation) of the Federal Transit Act.  The application will be for operating funds to help provide transportation services in the area.  Written comments and questions in regards to this application are encouraged and will be accepted until January 18, 2013 and should be sent to Steven V. Lohr, Executive Director at:

PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas 66762

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (SEK-CAP) receives Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating dollars.  This funding is used for the purchase of fuel, insurance, equipment maintenance, and storage.   This agency is seeking Kansas Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified companies as potential vendors for these services.  Please contact Steve V. Lohr at 620-724-2804 if you are a DBE or are interested learning more about the DBE program.

 SEK-CAP Henry WilliamsHenry Williams of Independence, Kansas, and community partner of the SEK-CAP, will receive the 2011 Sargent Shriver Annual Achievement Award, one of two prestigious recognitions presented annually by the national Community Action Partnership.  Williams will be presented with the award at the annual CAP conference in San Francisco the week of August 22nd.

Henry Williams began working with SEK-CAP in 2000 and quickly achieved economic self-sufficiency, and in 2003, SEK-CAP presented him with a Personal Responsibility and Achievement Award. Happily, Henry’s amazing story did not end there.  His desire to give back to his community led to the establishment of The Uppercut Boxing Club, the only stand-alone youth development organization in Independence, Kansas, focusing on enabling youth in a positive manner and preventing delinquency.  Working out of his home in the beginning, Henry helped young people train for amateur boxing four nights a week, mowing lawns to obtain the funds necessary to purchase basic boxing equipment.  Through persistent contact, he gained the support of churches, schools, and local law enforcement.  The Club has developed a positive reputation through the local school district, Community Colleges, churches, banks, businesses, and social service agencies. The Club obtained a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, and many community partners participated in fundraising efforts.  Additionally, individual and community supporters serve as board members and volunteers in the program.

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