Early Head Start
South Central Iowa Community Action Program (SCICAP) operates an Early Childhood Center in Decatur County in addition to home-based services which include Decatur, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne depending on availability and openings.
Our Early Childhood Center in Decatur has an infant room to serve up to four infants and a toddler room to serve up to 8 toddlers. The center uses the research based on line Teaching Strategies GOLD by Diane Trustier Dodge, to be consistent with our Head Start Programs. In addition, State Wrap Around funds allow the center to provide extended hours 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist families with working members or those needing to fulfill schooling and training obligations.
We provide a home-based program in our five counties depending on highest points and need, using the Parents As Teacher (PAT) curriculum. We serve a total of 32 participants in five county area. The home-based program serves pregnant women and children from birth to three year of age. The ASQ and ASQ-SE are used for screening tools.
South Central Iowa Community Action Program (SCICAP) Head Start has brought Early Head Start services to all of our counties depending on openings and highest points. Our Community Assessment shows us there is a need to serve more Early Head Start as we have a high rise in teen pregnancies in our five counties.