This Year's Project: NENCAP Dakota County Head Starts
About Our Organization
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (NENCAP), Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and headquartered in Pender, Nebraska. NENCAP serves an income-eligible population in a 14-county area of Northeast Nebraska including Dakota County.
Current Project: NENCAP Dakota County Head Starts
NENCAP Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness for children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child. Head Start exists because it is federally funded and community supported. The federal government awards these community organizations 80 percent of the cost of the program. The remaining 20 percent must be funded by the organization, often from cash or in-kind donations as well as donated services from people or businesses.
NENCAP Head Start and Early Head Start provides everything a child would need to succeed in school. These items range from school supplies, diapers and wipes, and food and formula at no cost to the family. These are all items and supplies that the community could donate to our programs to help the agency meet their 20% InKind Match. Aside from the basic items provided, we strive to present the population we serve with centers that are complete with fun an exciting learning tools and warm and friendly environments. We would be more than grateful to accept a donation in order to purchase supplies such as paint, outdoor surfaces, and a program sign to allow our families to feel welcome and excited to come to school every day.
Healthy Families and Commodity Supplemental Food
NENCAP would use funds collected to supplement our Healthy Families and our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for Seniors. Our nationally accredited Healthy Families Program provides education and support to new parents to provide the best outcomes for our youngest clients. CSFP serves our elderly population with nutritional food packages specifically designed to provide protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C to recipients. Each of these programs are provided to the NENCAP service area through a State contract, however, it is a very limited budget. Both programs can be found on our website at www.nencap.org. Specific outcomes or more details can be requested by calling Nikki at 402-385-6300.