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Welcome to South Central Iowa Community Action Program

We provide a variety of programs to assist families with different needs. Our trained staff work with families to help them overcome everyday problems with food, housing, money management, education, and employment,  so that they may achieve self-sufficiency.

Our Mission

                 SCICAP empowers individuals and families with services to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to their communities.

Our Services

In Search of 3 Directors for Governing Board

The SCICAP Governing Board of Directors has vacant seats for a Lucas and a Monroe County Representative of Low-Income Clients. These board directors must be recruited from persons receiving services from SCICAP including Head Start parents and must reside in Lucas and Monroe County. Persons who agree to run for election for this position will have their names put on the ballot. Ballots will be placed at the Lucas and Monroe County Outreach offices as well as the Lucas and Clarke Head Start centers for low-income participants to vote. Ballots are cast for a one-week period. At the end of the voting period, the county outreach coordinator will collect and count the ballots. The person obtaining the most votes is elected as the representative to the SCICAP governing board of directors. There is also a vacant seat for a Decatur County Private Sector Representative. Please contact Brenda at 641-774-8133 ext. 223 if you would like to have your name added to the ballot.

Head Start Preschool Sign Up! 

We are excited to be accepting new children in to our full day 3 and 4 year old Head Start Preschool Programs and Early Head Start Programs in all five counties! 

Our Early Head Start Program serves pregnant moms, infants and toddlers up to age 3.  We offer a home based visitation option and a center based Monday thru Friday program in Leon.

Click HERE to apply! NO COST to qualifying families!

Call 641-774-8133 EXT 242 to learn more!

Want to learn more?

Whatever your emergency please contact us by calling or using the Contact Us form.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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