April and May were busy months for Otoe County Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership Inc. staff, program participants and community supporters.

In May, Community Action Month was celebrated throughout all six SENCA counties. Each location hosted events promoting community action, in addition to recognizing SENCA’s 50th anniversary of providing programs and services to assist local and area economically challenged families achieve their goal of self-sufficiency.

The Week of the Young Child, which was April 10 through April 16, was celebrated by both Nebraska City full-day and part-day preschools. The Week of the Young Child is the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual week-long focus on the joys of early learning. Track-and-Field Day events were hosted by SENCA Head Start to help participating preschoolers and their families learn about healthy ways to eat and exercise. Following the event, students participated in riding trikes for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

With the focus on increasing school readiness for Head Start preschool children, several special guests and community partners donated their time to read to the Nebraska City Head Start students. Those who participated in the event included members of the Peru State College football team and Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley.

On May 20, SENCA Otoe County Family Outreach held their annual “Thank You” breakfast. Family Development specialist Desaray Johnson reported the about 20 community partners attended the event.

For more information regarding SENCA outreach programs and services available in Otoe County, contact the Family Outreach office at (402) 873-6459. The office is located in the Nebraska City Center for Children and Families, 917 Wildwood Ln., Suite D.

For those interested in knowing more about Head Start, contact the full-day site at (402) 873-9060 or the SENCA central office in Humboldt at (402) 862-2411.

For more information about SENCA, go to www.senca.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SENCA1.