Overview of Delta Community Action Foundation, Incorporated
Delta Community Action Foundation, Incorporated is a private, non-profit corporation organized
for the purpose of executing, coordinating, and planning programs authorized by federal, state
and local entities to alleviate and attempt to eradicate poverty in the Garvin, McClain and
Stephens counties in Oklahoma.
In 1965 a group of citizens interested in social problems began county-wide meetings in McClain
County. On April 4, 1966 the McClain County Community Action Foundation was incorporated
and funded through the Office of Economic Opportunity. That first year there were two
employees, Stan McGehee and Bea Reynolds. Delta Head Start was funded as a summer project
with a budget of $17,902 in 1967. Employees were paid $1.50 an hour. In 1968, Stephens
County was added to the foundation’s service area, becoming the Delta Community Action
Foundation with Morris Goodrich as Executive Director. In 1970, Head Start’s budget had
grown to $159,095. In 1971, Jessie Rae Stone joined the Delta program, and currently serves as
Fiscal Officer. Karen Nichols, current Executive Director, was hired in 1976 as an outreach
worker. Garvin County was added as a service area in 1978. Karen Nichols replaced Jake Civis
as Executive Director in 1992.
Delta opened its new administrative offices in Lindsay, OK on November 4, 2005, where they
remain today. The Community Action Foundation administers programs through a county office
located in all three counties served.
The core funding of Delta Community Action has been received from the Office of Economic
Opportunities (1964-1974), Community Services Administration (1974-1981), and the
Community Services Block Grant (1981 to present).
Delta Community Action Foundation operates many programs in areas such as early childhood
education, housing, employment, nutrition, senior citizens, emergency assistance, asset
development, and transit. Delta Community Action Foundation has 171 full-time employees and
21 part-time employees. Its total federal funding $4,610,056 with state appropriated funds of
$1,148,180 and funds from other sources of $491,957, equaling total revenue of $6,250,183 for
An eighteen (18) member Board of Directors governs Delta Community Action Foundation. The
Board is composed of six (6) members from the low-income sector, six (6) members from the
private sector, and six (6) members from the public sector.
Source: Delta Community Action 2014 Community Assessment Report
Our mission is to teach and reach children and families by working
together with families, communities, and creative partnerships
through comprehensive high quality services, thus, empowering
families to shape their future, one child at a time.
Delta Head Start / Early Head Start
Children and families in Garvin, McClain, and Stephens Counties of Oklahoma are included in
the Delta Head Start/Early Head Start service area. Populations served are children ages zero (0)
through five (5) years of age, some of whom have disabilities, and pregnant women from low-
income homes. As per the 2013-2014 PIR Report cumulative enrollment data Delta served 374
Head Start (HS) children, 76 Early Head Start (EHS) Center-based children, 12 Home-based
children, and 30 Pregnant Moms.
Delta Head Start/Early Head Start collaborates with nine public schools and has twelve centers
housing 25 classes operate in Blanchard, Comanche, Dibble, Duncan, Lindsay, Maysville,
Marlow, Pauls Valley, Purcell, and Stratford.