Head Start / Early Head Start
Tribe in Kansas
Head Start Mission Statement
The mission of the Kickapoo Head Start and
Early Head Start Program is to enhance children’s growth
and development, strengthen families as the primary nurturers
of their children, provide children with educational, health and
nutritional services, link children and families to needed community
services and ensure well-managed programs that involve parents
in decision-making as it relates to their children’s overall
health and welfare through the Parent Policy Council. Early childhood
education is provided by hands on educational, behavioral, physical
and social skill developmental learning experiences by trained
early childhood education personnel, mental health and special
education programs and continual health monitoring to promote
successful transition in mainstreamed elementary and secondary
Ms. Linda Allen – Office Manager
Ms. Dee Willyard – Family Community
Partnership Specialist / Health-Nutrition Specialist
Ms. Jaime Terry – Transition Specialist
Ms. Melissa Mitchell – Lead Teacher
/ Early Childhood Supervisor
Ms. Kristina Stone – Lead Teacher
/ Early Childhood Supervisor
Ms. Jonnah McKinney – Early Head Start
Child & Family Advocate
Ms. Kris Wabski – Associate Teacher
/ Bus Monitor
Ms. Ann Wewenes– Associate Teacher
/ Bus Monitor
Mr. Gerald Wahwahsuck – Bus Driver
/ Maintenance / Custodian / Floater
Ms. Cheryl Simon – Associate Teacher
/ Bus Monitor
6:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Thursday
By appointment only.
211 S. West Street
PO Box 127
Powhattan, KS 66527
Phone: (785) 474-3231
Fax: (785) 474-3249
Start Accepts Applications on a Continuing Basis
Applications are available on the website
to download and print off or please contact Kickapoo Head Start
staff if you should have any questions. The staff is more than
willing to visit with you either in the office or in your home
to assist with the application or any of the requested documents.
We look forward to working with your child and family throughout
the program years. Please see attached Eligibility Priority Criteria
Sheet regarding the enrollment of children. Make sure to get the
application in as soon as possible to increase the chances of
your child being enrolled in the program.
HEAD START APPLICATIONS
Early Head Start is currently accepting
applications and has openings for immediate services. Early Head
Start is a year round program. Application forms are the same
for both Early Head Start and Head Start.
Priority Criteria Sheet
What is Head Start?
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves
children age three to five and their families. The program is
a child-focused program and has the overall goal of increasing
school readiness of young children in low-income families. Head
Start services are FREE to eligible children
What Can the Head Start Program Offer To
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow
mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Head Start helps
all children succeed. Staff recognize that, as parents, you are
the first and most important teachers of your children. They welcome
your involvement in Head Start activities and will work as partners
with you to help your child progress. Children participate in
a variety of activities in a preschool setting. Children receive
healthy meals and snacks and enjoy playing/learning indoors and
outdoors in a safe setting. Special services are offered to meet
the special needs of children with disabilities.
Head Start staff offer children love, acceptance, understanding
and the opportunity to learn and experience success. Head Start
children socialize with other children, solve problems, and have
other experiences which help them become more self-confident.
The children improve their listening and speaking skills. The
children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good
habits and enjoy playing with toys and working on tasks with classmates.
Children leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten and excited
about learning and ready to SUCCEED!! Kickapoo Head Start has
enrollment slots for 30 children.
What Would Be My Child’s Routine in
the Head Start Program?
The children attend class four days a week, Monday through Thursday
from 8:30 to 2:30, with occasional attendance on Friday’s.
The program offers bus service for those families that are residing
within in the service area.
The children will enjoy a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack
while in the program. Family style dining is used at meal times;
this is where the children serve their own portions of food and
milk. The children also work on proper techniques for brushing
Head Start children enjoy large group (weather, song, books, etc),
small groups (writing name, practicing letters, more individualized
work), free play, outdoor play, Kickapoo language, field trips,
and much more. The children are ready to succeed in Kindergarten
when they leave Kickapoo Head Start..
What is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program
that serves prenatal mom and children birth through the age of
three. Early Head Start services are FREE to eligible prenatal
mothers and children.
What Can the Early Head Start Program Offer
To My Child?
Early Head Start provides children with activities that help them
grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Early Head
Start helps the children and families succeed. Staff recognize
that parents are the first and best teacher of young children.
Early Head Start is a home based program with weekly 90 minute
visits. The Child and Family Advocate Home Visitor works one on
one with the parents and children to help the family progress
and succeed. The Early Head Start program will also complete screenings
on the children to assess their developmental levels to detect
early delays. The program will prepare the child to enter the
Head Start program after their third birthday.
Early Head Start also works with prenatal mothers to assure that
they have a regular physician and participate in prenatal appointments.
The Child and Family Advocate will provide information to prenatal
mothers regarding the development of their child while in the
womb and once they are born. They will provide information regarding
the benefits of breastfeeding and other important information
with their pregnancy.
What Can Head Start / Early Head Start Offer My Family?
All services are also family-centered, fostering the role of parents
as the primary educators and nurturers of, and advocates for,
their children. The programs works in close partnership with parents
to assist them in developing and utilizing individual and family
strengths in order to successfully meet personal and family objectives.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the
program, from participation in children’s activities to
direct involvement in policy and program decisions.
What Will I Need To Enroll My Child in the Head Start / Early
Head Start Program?
• Child’s CDIB Card (if Applicable)
• Parent’s CDIB Card (if Applicable)
• Proof of Income
• Insurance Card
• Social Security Card
• Birth Certificate
• Recent Physical / Dental / Immunizations / Hemoglobin
How Can I Get Involved with
the Head Start / Early Head Start Program?
• Home Visits
• Parent Teacher Conferences
• Parent Activities / Socializations
• Policy Council
• Parent Committee
• Parent Input Sheets