Heartland Early Education of Dickinson County

Heartland Programs is a comprehensive early education program serving children and families

Mission: "Learning for all, Whatever it takes"

Conscious Discipline®

Our “I Love You Ritual of the Week” comes to us from Certified Instructor Mindy Becker of Florida, and founder of Grow With Us, singing “Dancing Hands." If you enjoyed this video, give us a ❤ in the comments and go try it with your own kiddos. As always, we wish you well! #iHeartCD #iloveyourituals #connections



Conscious Discipline®

This week’s “I Love You Ritual” comes to us from Certified Instructor Mara Spencer of Florida singing an ILYR her son created called “Blast Off.” 🚀 If you enjoyed this video, give us a ❤️ in the comments and go try it with your own kiddos or students! 🎥 As always, we wish you well! #iHeartCD #iloveyourituals #connections

Stay safe!

Sand bags and sand are available to Dickinson County residents at the Dickinson County Hwy Yard 409 SE 2nd in Abilene, Solomon City Maintenance Shop at Main & Poplar in Solomon, and the Chapman Elementary School Parking Lot. Dickinson County residents needing sand bags should bring their own shovels to fill their own bags and a way to haul them back to their location.

Conscious Discipline®

Free Resource Friday!🎉 Want your students to have access to the Feeling Buddies they came to use and love during the school year while at home during the summer? This “How Do You Feel Chart” might help! Download a copy here https://bit.ly/2VwE3cO as part of the FREE Resources section of our website and send it home with your students. 🏠 As always, we wish you well! #iHeartCD #feelingbuddies #nameittameit

Yesterday was the last day of school for Abilene Head Start. We hope all the kids had a wonderful last day! Congratulations to our Kindergarten bound kiddos!!

Center for Therapeutic Intervention

[05/06/19]   Tomorrow nights Parent Meeting has been moved to our main office. 505 NW 3rd. We will start at 5:30. If you have questions please call 263-0210. Thank you.

Mental Health Awareness

Big Truck Night 2019
Thank you everyone for coming!!

Dickinson County Health Department

Openings Available for the May FREE PRENATAL CLASSES! Call 785-263-4179 to register or message us for more information!

****** RSVPs are due by this Thursday, April 25!! You MUST rsvp to attend!! ******

Dickinson County EMS

We had a blast being a part of Heartland Early Education Touch-a-Truck event!!

[04/19/19]   Thanks to all who came out to the Big Truck Night! Thank you to all the staff, families and volunteers in our community who came out to make it a fantastic night. A big shout out to Teresa Nix our Office Manager for doing a great job of keeping everything organized!

[04/18/19]   Big Truck Night is tonight! Hope to see you all at 5:30! Sign in at the sign in table, explore,eat and have fun!. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket if you want to sit to eat.

Rethink with Play Therapy

Words and tone can make all the difference in a tense situation

[04/17/19]   Reminder Big Truck Night is tomorrow night! The fun begins at 5:30. Please make sure you have RSVP'd with your Family Consultant or you can call our office at 263-0210. Hope to see you there.

REMINDER........All pregnant women who live in Dickinson County and new moms to 12 weeks..............Dickinson County Baby Shower TOMORROW, Thursday from 5 to 7 pm. LOTS great prizes will be given away!!!!

Congrats to the Hamilton Family! They won the door prize last night!

Last night Abilene Head Start along with Early Head Start and ACLC had a Art Show at the Abilene Library. Thank you to all who came out!

[04/02/19]   Art show today! Abilene Head Start will be at the Abilene library from 4:30-5:30. Enterprise Head Start will be at the Enterprise library from 4:30-5:30. ACLC and Early Head Start will have their art at the Abilene Library! Hope to see you this evening!

[04/02/19]   Kennedy Elementary has Kindergarten round up today from 7:30-4.


Urge Congress to Take Action

supportheadstart.org Congress has begun work crafting the details of funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This is a critical time to engage with members of Congress to affect Head Start funding, and reaching out to your representatives has never been easier!

Connect the dots to ACEs

One thing you learn quickly as a parent is how quickly emotions can escalate. 😮

When your child is
upset and you need to get them to do something,remember it won’t happen if they are in 'survival brain mode' ‼️
You have to help them feel safe, calm down and regulate their emotions first. ❤️

Important Note : YOU aren’t effective when you’re highly emotional either ❗️

Take several slow and deep breaths. Regulate yourself, even if that’s just stepping into the hall for a moment.
Drink some water or hot tea… (believe it or not, nothing insanely bad is going to happen at that moment).
Just calm yourself down first ❗️❤️

Once you feel level-headed and able to think clearly you can help your child much better.🙌

Raising a child is tough. It’s much harder when you have a traumatised child… 😳

Always remember that when they have “the big feelings” they really do need you.
Whether or not those feelings seem to be justified by anything, it doesn’t matter. Your child legitimately feels that way, and it's up to us to be there for them. 😍

Dickinson County Health Department

Call or message us! We have more to give away!


Baby cough syrup sold at Dollar General recalled after harmful bacteria discovered


usatoday.com Production of Naturals baby Cough Syrup + Mucus was stopped after bacteria that could cause vomiting and diarrhea was found.

K-State Research and Extension Dickinson County's SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will be hosting a 5-week series beginning Monday, April 1, 5:30pm to approximately 7:00pm and running each Monday in April. The class series is called "Eating Smart, Moving More" and may include topics such as MyPlate, Portion Sizes, Physical Activity, and Choosing Foods and Beverages When Eating Out. It is recommended that participants commit to all 5 weeks to gain the most from the classes and is recommended for young and older adults. There will be on-site cooking with the lesson each week as well. The series is free and will be conducted in collaboration with Neighbor to Neighbor, Abilene at 803 N. Cedar St, Abilene.

PLEASE REGISTER by calling K-State Research and Extension, Dickinson County at 785-263-2001.


How to learn sign language: 9 apps and resources to teach yourself ASL

mashable.com A variety of online courses, video tutorials, and apps await.

This lovely family had so much fun with Ms. Dawn today! They started their Spring Break with lots of glitter and glue!! Ms. Dawn has been the Family Consultant for this family for all three of these kiddos! Head Start Rocks!


‘Parents Are Children's First, Best Teachers’: How Home-Visiting Model ‘Adds Value’ To Development

news.stlpublicradio.org Constance Gully ’s first encounter with the home-visiting Parents as Teachers (PaT) program was 24 years ago, when she became pregnant and experienced

Spring Countdown

Today was crazy hair day at Abilene Head Start! Tomorrow is silly hat day and Wednesday will be silly sock day! Don't forget there is no school on Thursday. We will see you back on March 18th! Have a silly week!

[02/20/19]   Abilene Head Start WILL be in session today. Ms.Kari has postponed the Field Trip to Milford Nature Center. More information to come at a later date.

[02/20/19]   Enterprise Head Start is closed today. February 20th.

Neighbor To Neighbor - Abilene

Do you have diabetes, or have someone in your life who is diabetic?
Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene might have just the helps, tips and tools for you.
Thurs., 2/21, 1 to 3 p.m., KSU Extension office on 712 S. Buckeye, Abilene begins a 7 week course: Tools for Management of Diabetes for all ages.
Jane Handlos, RN, and Sister Loretta Jasper, MA, LCPC will be facilitating this process for the third time in two years. Participants continue to find the take home tools very helpful. Registration: 785.200.6750...No cost.

[02/07/19]   No school tomorrow for Enterprise Head Start!

[02/07/19]   Due to USD 435 closing school tomorrow, Abilene Head Start will not be having Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday. If you had a conference scheduled for Thursday your Teacher will reschedule with you soon. Please share this so we can reach as many parents as possible.


Heartland Early Education / Overview

Do you know someone who would like to work in our preschool classrooms? Check out our job opening at www.usd305.com/headstart.


Abilene Head Start! Conference time is very near. We are having Parent Teacher Conferences this Thursday February 7th and Friday February 8th. Don't remember your date and time? Call your Teacher 263-3430 or call your FC 263-0210. This fun book will be given to each family that attends their conference date and time!


Recognizing the signs of postpartum depression

todaysparent.com I knew all about postpartum depression, but surely I didn’t have it. I just needed to smile more. Try harder. That didn’t work.

Neighbor To Neighbor - Abilene

APB: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene will be gifted with multiple boxes of fresh oranges come tomorrow a.m.--Wed., 1/30. Free!
Tell your friends and neighbors to stop by 803 N. Cedar St. between 11:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow; and,
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thurs.
These oranges will be great for making fresh squeezed orange juice and for eating fresh from the rind. Once squeezed into juice, it will also work to freeze the juice for later use.
This is a great source of Vitamin C during this season of colds, flu and such.

Early Childhood Inspirations

[01/29/19]   Happy Tuesday! Please make sure if your kiddo is sick that you are calling the classroom to let the Teacher know. Abilene Head Starts number is 263-3430 and Enterprise's number is 263-8188. Both Classrooms have answering machines. If staff do not answer please leave a message! Thank you!

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