Community Action Program of Evansville in Indiana is a comprehensive preschool program serving low income children age birth to 5 years old. We serve 660 children in Vanderburgh, Gibson, and Posey counties each year. Head Start’s mission is to meet children’s needs, so all children are ready for school. As part of our efforts to ensure children start school ready to learn, Head Start provides, health services, including oral health coordination.


Community Action Program of Evansville collaborates with families and the community to provide opportunities that promotes school readiness. These experiences strengthen the child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive abilities.

School readiness starts at infancy since positive early relationships enhance later outcomes: we strive to provide an interpersonal relationship that is warm and loving to each child and ongoing support to parents as their first and most important teacher.

C.A.P.E. Head Start has developed School Readiness Goals that are aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, Indiana Foundations, Parent Expectations and School Expectations. We utilize the Creative Curriculum to plan and individualize for each child.



Reggie Fox and Reggie Fox Jr. discuss his dad reading to his classroom

The Fatherhood Program at CAPE Head Start invites Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Big Brothers, Cousins or Family Friend to participate. The program is designed to continually  bring awareness to the value a Father figure can have on the life of a child. Males are invited into the  classrooms, on field trips, Serve on committees throughout the agency. The Males meet once a month at the Family Engagement Center in Vanderburgh County alongside scheduled Parent meetings in Posey and Gibson Counties.

There are opportunities for Male Only events, Men and Women, Male and their child(s) and Males with their Family and Friends. Some events such as, The Annual Sweet Heart Dance, Read to Me Dad, football, baseball and golf outings, Bowling, Special requested speakers and an opportunity to share your gifts and talents.

Fathers play and invaluable and irreplaceable role in the development and lives of their children. Our staff is committed and look forward to the positive impact you may have on the children and families we serve.


Through Practice Based Coaching we are able to increase school readiness gains for oswur children by using a cyclical process that involves classroom support for our teachers.  The cycle of Practice Based Coaching includes focused classroom observations, planning goals with teaching staff, and sharing/ reflecting on feedback about teaching strategies.  Each teacher is able to create a relationshidfp with a Resource Coach that facilitates this process and provides resources to ensure classroom success for the children and teaching staff.

Early childhood mental health is a child’s (birth to 5 years) growing ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions. They learn to develop close, secure relationships with peers and caring adults. Children begin to explore and learn from their surroundings, pay attention, and follow directions. Early childhood mental health is the same as social-emotional development. Head Start and Early Head Start programs partner with local professionals Southwestern Behavioral healthcare, and other programs to ensure children, families, and staff have access to prevention and intervention services.


Head Start regulations require that at least 10 percent of  ones enrolled in both programs are children with disabilities. Early/Head Start strives to screen and identifying eligible children, providing high quality individualized instruction, and much more! Once a child is diagnosed services are carried out onsite or in the home to make it comfortable and convenient for both the child and families. Early Intervention is the first step to getting the child the help they need to have a head start in school readiness.


Receiving early health intervention is an important factor in educational success. Under the National Healthstart program children are required to obtain the following health screening:  vision, hearing, speech, lead, a physical examination, and dental examination.

  • Children enrolled in the Headstart program are required to obtain the following health screenings within the established timelines:
  • Physical Examination within: 30 days of enrollment.  (Physical form)
  • Vision, Hearing, blood pressure screening can be done by staff within: 45 days of enrollment.
  • Dental examinations within:  90 days of enrollment

CAPE has implemented the Brush! program. Brush! Is a dental care program for children and families within the Headstart program.  This program involves a year-long oral health curriculum and support materials help your classroom talk about dental health while learning literacy, science, mathematics and creative arts. Aligned with HighScope Indicators and Head Start Domains, this curriculum meets the standards early learning sites are tasked with teaching.

An important component of Brush! is parent education
Parents are the drivers in whether their children brush their teeth, if they visit the dentist, and if they eat healthy foods. Brush! parent materials give easy to understand information on dental care, nutrition, the importance of family meals, and the importance of reading to their children.


CAPE identifies and maintains relationships with agencies throughout the community that provide services to low-income customers, homeless families, families receiving public assistance and foster care.

Children will come to a classroom setting for a 3 1/2 hour session four (4) days per week in Vanderburgh, Gibson and Posey Counties. children 3-5 years of age may attend these sessions with transportation provided.
This option provides an extension of classroom time of six (6) hours per day. This option meets four (4) days per week. The extended day allows longer days to engage in learning activities. This option has been targeted for children who will be enrolling in kindergarten the following year.
AIDS Resource Group, Albion Fellow Bacon Center, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Anthem community Resources Committee, CAPE, CAPE Foster Grandparents Program, Carriage House Apartments, Carver Community Center, Christian Life Center, Deaconess Women’s Hospital, ECHO, EDUCA, Evansville Commission on the Social Status of Black, Males, Evansville Housing Authority, Evansville Human Relations Commission, Evansville Rescue Mission/YCC, Evansville Tri-State Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, EVSC, House of Bread and Peace, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Latio Collaboration Table, METS, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel Church, Purdue Family Nutrition, Smoke-Free Communities, USI/AHEC, Vanderburgh County Health Dept. Walgreens, Welborn Baptist Foundation
Diabetes, Dental, Health Literacy, Heart Disease, Infant Mortality, Mental Illness, Obesity, Teen Pregnancy, Tobacco
Alice Weathers, CEO RaShawnda Bonds. Coordinator Lisa Allen, Wallace Corbitt, Gloria Gibson, Janet Johnson, Kerseclia Patterson, Tony Kirkland, Melanie Russell