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Four Winds Early Headstart & Child Development Center

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Phone: 405-547-5826

Fax: 405-547-5991

 


Early Headstart

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program for pregnant women and children birth to age three serving low-income families living in Payne, Lincoln, and Logan County. Early Head Start provides comprehensive services in the areas of education, health, mental health, nutrition, disabilities, and parent involvement. Eligibility is based on income and may include pregnant and parenting teens, children in foster care, families facing homelessness, and children with disabilities.

Services Offered

  • Developmental screenings and assessments
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum including school readiness
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Free diapers, wipes, and formula
  • Family goal planning
  • Activities to strengthen the parent-child relationship with parent curriculum
  • Health, nutrition, and mental health referrals
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Quarterly Home Visits and/or Parent-Teacher Conferences

Classrooms at Four Winds

Program Options

Center Based

Early Head Start promotes the physical, social and emotional, and cognitive development of infants and toddlers through safe and nurturing practice. Services delivered are primarily in a mixed age group setting (10 months- 36 months). Staff members visit family homes at least twice per year and support the child’s primary caregiver as the child’s first teacher.

Expectant Families Program

Early Head Start provides expectant families support to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy families. With the help of staff, each family will identify strengths, needs, and goals. Services are delivered in the home monthly. Group meetings are scheduled throughout the month to enhance knowledge and new skills.

Expectant Families Program – Prenatal FLYER

Home Based Program

Home Based provides a more flexible program in the home weekly. Families learn together and use items from home that promote learning and development, families and educator become partners and work towards preparing the child for school. Playgroups are scheduled to foster learning through socialization.

Four Winds Playground

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm. (No cost to qualifying families.)


Early Childhood Program

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Child Care Program is operated and funded through Administration of Children and Families. Child Care offers services to children 6 weeks – 3rd grade. The center is open from 7:00am – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. The program provides comprehensive services and promotes physical, cognitive, social and emotional development for children six weeks through 3rd grade with safe and nurturing practice. Children are also provided nutritious meals and snacks.

Services Offered

  • Developmental screenings and assessments
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum including school readiness
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Free diapers, wipes, and formula (6 weeks – 3 years old)
  • Family goal planning
  • Activities to strengthen the parent-child relationship with parent curriculum
  • Health, nutrition, and mental health referrals
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Quarterly Home Visits and/or Parent-Teacher Conferences

Classroom and Playground Collage

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 4:30pm.


How to Apply

Early Headstart

Early Headstart Application 2021-2022 (Fillable PDF)

Childcare

Call our office at 405-547-5826 or apply online.

Expectant Families

Expectant Families Application 2021-2022

Tribal Childcare Assistance for Native Families

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Child Care grant is funded through the Administration for Children & Families. The goal is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care in the service area. The program assists eligible Native American families with the cost of child care.

Tribal Child Care Assistance Application with Checklist (Fillable PDF)

Submit applications to: kerrie.roe@iowanation.org.

Mail applications to:
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Early Childhood Program
335588 E. 750 Rd.
Perkins, OK 74059


Nutrition

The Four Winds Early Headstart & Child Development Center averages 2,505 total meals served every month.

USDA – And Justice For All Poster

CACFP – Go, Slow, Whoa Foods

CACFP – Meal Patterns (Sesame Street)

FFY2021 Oklahoma Unified WIC Approved Food Card

Website link to apply for WIC: https://oklahoma.gov/health/family-health/wic.html


Resources and Additional Information

2019-2020 Iowa Tribe Early Head Start Annual Report

Early Childhood Trifold Brochure 2018

Handbook (Coming soon)

Parenting | ECLKC (hhs.gov)

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework | ECLKC (hhs.gov)

Family Engagement | ECLKC (hhs.gov)

What to Do If You Are Sick | CDC

Home • ZERO TO THREE

Services to Pregnant Women and Expectant Families in Early Head Start (hhs.gov)


Staff

Early Childhood Director: Charissa Kerns

Enrollment & Family Engagement Coordinator: Carrie Drennan

Center Site Supervisor: Michaela Cosner

Education Coordinator: Alesia Burch

Health & Nutrition Coordinator: Kim Mostrom

Infant Mental Health Specialist: Laura Shellhammer

Facilities & Safety Coordinator: Ryan Drake


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