county fair art winners copyThe Iola Head Start Center is home to several award winning artists.  Around 50 masterpieces were submitted to the Iola County Fair, including collages, Tempra and watercolor, and pen and ink drawings. Several were awarded ribbons!

“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:

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.