Clara Cox – ECKAN Head Start Director, employed with ECKAN since September of 1988. Clara was raised in Richmond, Kansas and graduated from Central Heights High School. She started her career with ECKAN as the head bookkeeper/secretary for the Head Start program. Under the tutelage of the Head Start director at that time, Bill Campbell, she learned the ins and outs of Budgets, Grants and Grant writing. In 2003 she was promoted to the Assistant Head Start Director and in May of 2008 was hired as the Head Start Director. Clara administers services for 390 children and families, and 76 staff. She has completed numerous certifications including, The Head Start Directors Institute, Head Start University, WIPLFI fund accounting, and CDA Advisory training. Clara gets the most satisfaction from her job when visiting the centers and seeing the services that Head Start provides to the families and children, she truly enjoys her Policy Council committee meetings and getting to know the families and community members on the board.
When she is not working, she enjoys time with her family: Tom her husband of 38 years her two daughters, Mandi 32 and Marissa 25. She enjoys shopping with her girls, reading and quilting when time permits.