Rose Clark To Retire from NEK-CAP, Inc. After 44 Years

Please join NEK-CAP, Inc. in extending best wishes to Rose Clark, who is retiring from the Agency on January 9, 2015. Rose has been a well-respected Head Start Director for the agency and will be greatly missed by co-workers, families and children of NEK-CAP, Inc.

Rose has worked for NEK-CAP, Inc. Head Start for 44 years. She began her career as a Head Start Teacher in Holton in 1970, served as NEK-CAP’s Education Coordinator for five years, and in 1986 became the agencies Head Start Director. Under Rose’s leadership, the Head Start Program grew from serving 100 children in five northeast counties to providing quality services to 600 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and pregnant women over a nine county area. The program’s budget grew from $350,000 per year to $5 million allowing NEK-CAP Inc. to operate 13 Head Start Centers.

Rose has been active locally, regionally and nationally in her years at NEK-CAP, Inc. Rose served as Past President of the Kansas Head Start Association, Kansas Head Start Directors Association and served on numerous boards, including the Regional Head Start Association, Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, and Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health. She has participated in the development of Kansas Early Learning Standards in Early Childhood, served as a mentor for the Region VII Mentor/Protégé Program, and served as a federal and state grant reviewer, and a Head Start Monitoring Peer Reviewer for DANYA International. Rose has presented at regional and national Head Start conferences on the importance of developing strong and lasting partnerships with local programs and agencies.

The Annie L. Johnson Child & Family Development Center built in 2000 in Holton was the result of Rose’s ability to write and secure state and national grants. The facility was featured in a nationally known publication, Local Initiative Support Corporation, for its creative use of multiple funding sources. NEK-CAP Inc. was one of the first Head Start programs in the nation to secure both state and federal funding for Early Head Start services.

Throughout her career Rose has been a leader at NEK-CAP, Inc. and in the communities served by NEK-CAP, Inc. She is spoken of highly in the state of Kansas by other Head Start leaders, as having a great Head Start program. Rose has always asked, “Is it good for our children and families?” This statement has been an inspiration throughout the years, and she has passed it on to her staff at NEK-CAP Inc.

To honor her contributions to the NEK-CAP, Inc. Head Start program, we are inviting you to attend a light luncheon on January 9th, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at NEK-CAP, Inc. Central Office, Hiawatha, Kansas. Please RSVP to Linda Grier at by January 5th.


Carol Bauer To Retire from NEK-CAP, Inc. After 35 Years

It is with mixed emotions that NEK-CAP, Inc. announces the retirement of Carol Bauer, Head Start ERSEA/Parent Involvement/Transition Specialist.

Carol Bauer, Fairview, has been with NEK-CAP, Inc. for 35 years. She began with NEK-CAP, Inc. in the Head Start program in 1979 as a Special Needs Assistant. The positions, she has held during her career at NEK-CAP, Inc. have always involved working with parents and children.

Carol’s compassion and sensitivity for the families and children served by NEK-CAP, Inc. has been the motivating force of her career. She has been the listening ear to families too numerous to count over her 35 years of work. Families have respected her and grown from her years of wisdom through Policy Council and Parent Activities. Carol has supported staff throughout the years by giving them direction in how to serve families in a respectful and beneficial manner through daily contact and formal training. Carol has played an important role in the growth of NEK-CAP, Inc.’s Head Start program.

Carol Bauer has been active locally, regionally and nationally throughout her career. Carol received a National Head Start Association Family Services Mentoring and Administration Credential in 1996, ERSEA credential from University of Kentucky, Family Development Specialist Credential from the University of Iowa in 2000. She was honored at the Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in 2001 and received the Region VII Head Start Staff of the Year Award in 2011.

Please feel free to send your well wishes to Carol Bauer, %NEK-CAP, Inc. PO Box 380, Hiawatha, KS 66434.


NEK-CAP, Inc. 2015 Scholarships Available

Are you a resident of Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Republic, Smith or Washington Counties? Are you planning to attend a vocational or trade school in Kansas? Do you need financial assistance with your education/training?

NEK-CAP, Inc. (Northeast Kansas Community Action Program) is offering scholarship opportunities for those seeking financial assistance for tuition, books and necessary tools for the trade.

Applicants may apply for a maximum of one $1,000.00 scholarship per year. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. Last date to submit an application is September 1, 2015. 

Scholarships are available to traditional and non-traditional students. A traditional student is defined as a student who is a graduating high-school senior or a home-schooled student who has successfully completed required Kansas Department of Education coursework and received a GED. A non-traditional student is defined as a student who has been out of high school for a period of 12 months or longer and has a high school diploma or GED.

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate a financial need and permanent residence in Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Republic, Smith or Washington counties of Kansas; college residence can be near the educational institution. Scholarship funds may be used for expenses such as tuition, books, child care, transportation, tools/supplies necessary for the trade or other as determined by applicant and NEK-CAP, Inc.

For more information, please contact Linda Grier, Integrated Services Office Manager at 785-742-2222, ext. 135 (888-904-8159) or


NEK-CAP, Inc. Receives National Recognition

Northeast Kansas Community Action Program is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29 at the organization's Annual Convention in Chicago to recognize NEK-CAP's collaborative efforts with the Brown County Healthy Food Coalition.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protégé, and Master Innovator. NEK-CAP Inc.'s support of the Brown County Healthy Food Coalition was selected as a winner in the Protégé category.

The BCHFC project involves more than 30 community agencies, businesses, and organizations focused on achieving greater access to healthy foods and healthy life-styles. "Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organization for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities-and this role increases during challenging economic times," said Jeanette Collier, Executive Director, Northeast Kansas Community Action Program. "That's why we supported the extensive collaborative efforts of this program, and we're proud of the partnership with the Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development, the Community Foundation of Northeast Kansas as well as all of the organizations involved. Not only has this project been cited as one of the best in the country, but it's making a considerable positive impact on our neighbors, both financially and personally."

The Protégé award, created in 2010, honors Community Action Agencies for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families-specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership's Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive," said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. "The award winners highlight CAAs' unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty." Based in Washington, DC, the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope.

Pictured above: Gene Hillyer, Brown County Healthy Foods Coalition Representative and Jeanette Collier, NEK-CAP, Inc. Executive Director


NEK-CAP Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

NEK-CAP Head Start is taking applications for Fall Enrollment For more information contact your local NEK-CAP office. You will need to bring the following to your appointment: Adult Applicant ID; Child’s birth date verification; Proof of 2014 income, (i.e. tax return, DCF benefits verification, last three months payroll slips, etc.); Child immunization record and Medical insurance information.

See the Contact page on this website for locations and phone numbers.




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