Community Action Inc, Head Start / Early Head Start

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2410 E Highland Avenue
Topeka, KS 66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-0245
Fax: (785) 235-9564
Email: ablosser@inlandnet.net

Amy Blosser, Director

Community Action, Inc. is a grantee for Head Start programs in Shawnee County and offers services for families from the time they learn of a pregnancy until the child is of school age.

Mission Statement: To help break the cycle of poverty facing preschool children in low-income families since 1964.  Today Head Start/Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program available to income-eligible families at no cost.

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Preschool: Offered morning and afternoon, Monday – Friday, during the school year
  • Comprehensive preschool for children ages 3 – 5 and child care with partner agencies and home visitation for children younger than 3 years
  • Extended-day child care, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Parent education, parent support groups, social activities, coordination of comprehensive family support services and referrals to social services
  • Bus transportation to and from Community Action Head Start is provided for children enrolled in the preschool program who live within defined areas.

Eligibility

  • Pregnant women and families with children from age 0 to school-age that have a household income at or below 100% of the federal poverty guideline are eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Children enrolling in the center-based preschool program must be 3-4 years of age on or before August 31 of the year that they begin attending the center-based program
  • Several factors may be considered in determining selection for the program, including family size, special needs/developmental delays and other family factors
  • Families with children who receive foster care services or have special needs

How to Apply:  Call (785) 266-0245

Fees:  Head Start services are offered at no charge

Funding:  Provided by US Department of Health and Human Services, Department for Children and Families, State of Kansas, Kansas Public Preschool Project and Parents as Teachers

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