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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm. (No cost to qualifying families.)
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.
Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 4:30pm.
Call our office at 405-547-5826 or apply online.
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.
Submit applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail applications to:
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Early Childhood Program
335588 E. 750 Rd.
Perkins, OK 74059
The Four Winds Early Headstart & Child Development Center averages 2,505 total meals served every month.
Website link to apply for WIC: https://oklahoma.gov/health/family-health/wic.html
Handbook (Coming soon)
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