Head Start Preschool and Child Care Program

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves children age 3 to 5 and their families. Individualized services are provided in the areas of early childhood education and development; medical, dental and mental health, nutrition and parent involvement.

TRI-CAP Head Start is funded to serve 193 age and income eligible preschool children and their families. These children are served in 5 centers (Jasper, Petersburg, Boonville, Newburgh, and Tennyson) and offer a variety of program models in order to meet family needs.

Head Start classes are being provided Monday through Friday, 4 hours a day in the morning and is free. Child care is provided in the afternoon if needed at the following sites:  Jasper, Boonville, and Newburgh.  There is a fee required for the child care portion.  TRI CAP does accept child care vouchers for the afternoon child care sessions.

There are now many options to how you can sign up your child. We accept applications all year, so be sure to get yours in!

Print an application and mail or drop it off at one of our offices in Jasper, Petersburg, or Boonville.

To view the application in Spanish, please click the links below.

You may also pick up applications or call any of the offices and we can mail you an application.

For your convenience you can now submit your child’s application online.

Click on the following link and when you have completed all of the information, submit the application.  Once it is completed, one of the Head Start staff will contact you.

English Version:

Apply Now (English)

Spanish version:

Apply Now (Spanish)

TRI-CAP participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for meal reimbursement. Children receive breakfast and/or lunch and snacks each day the classrooms are in session.


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How to reach TRI-CAP during Indiana’s Executive Order #20-08

Our TRI-CAP staff members have been working diligently to continue serving our clients and have found alternative ways to serve our clients without being physically face-to-face through this COVID-19 pandemic and have restricted access to our facilities to anyone other than staff.  We have been in constant communications with our clients thus far and continue to provide the individual care that each person needs. 

In compliance with Indiana’s Stay at Home Executive Order #20-08, our staff will no longer be on site through the duration of the statewide Executive Order. 

Our phones will continue to be answered through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

  • Dubois County office:                 812-482-2233
  • Pike County office:                      812-354-8721
  • Warrick County office:                812-897-0364
  • Vanderburgh County office:       812-428-2189

Beginning, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 our phone lines will only be able to receive messages that will be checked daily.  If you prefer to reach us via email, you may contact our Director Team for these services and they will refer your inquiry to the applicable staff member to assist you.

  • Neil Elkins, TRI-CAP Housing Services Director, neil@tri-cap.net (Utility, Weatherization, and Housing programs, etc.)
  • Deb Capps, TRI-CAP Health Services Director, deb@tri-cap.net  (Healthcare navigation, Family Planning, and Breast Cancer services.)
  • Nikki Lasher, Family and Community Partnerships Director, nikki@tri-cap.net (Healthy Families, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.)
  • Molly Wuchner, Head Start Director, molly@tri-cap.net (Head Start program)
  • Joyce Fleck, Executive Director, joyce@tri-cap.net for any other administrative inquiries

TRI-CAP’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families, and improve communities.