TREC (Technology for the Rural Enhancement of Communities) is an IRS designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated under South Dakota laws. The organization is the grantee for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Region VIII funding that supports the Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five (BHS: P-5) programs. Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five programs provide home-based Early Head Start (prenatal to 3 years old) services to families in Perkins, Harding, and Butte counties as well as either home based and/or classroom center based Head Start (3-5 years old) services for eligible families in Corson, Perkins, Harding, Butte, Oglala Lakota, and Bennett counties in western South Dakota. While Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five comprises the primary programs sponsored by TREC, as a nonprofit, the organization is guided by its vision and mission statements which allow TREC to serve any rural, western South Dakota community.

Vision Statement


Enhancing Rural Communities

This vision views TREC (Technology for the Rural Enhancement of Communities) as striving to enhance rural, western South Dakota communities, through working with each community’s members to build on the existing strengths of that rural area in order to better meet the needs of the community members.

Mission Statement


TREC works in partnership with the residents of rural, western South Dakota and is committed to providing quality services as well as access to community resources through responding to the evolving needs of rural communities with Head Start prenatal to 5 services, early childhood education, health and wellness programming, parent education, and other needed community programs.

TREC’s Board of Directors welcomes proposals from community groups that fall within the parameters of its mission statement. (Please access other official documents posted to this website for a more detailed description of TREC and Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five.)

TREC Board of Directors

Brad Brunner Rancher Chairperson Community Partner Vale, SD Term expires April 2020
Rena Hymans Lawyer Vice Chairperson Legal Expert Sturgis, SD Term expires March 2018
Janine Short Loan Officer Director Fiscal Expert Sturgis, SD Term expires April 2020
Nika Avalos Education Aide Director Current HS Parent Belle Fourche, SD Term expires July 2019
Jennifer Nelson Education Specialist Director Early Childhood Expert Spearfish, SD Term expires December 2019

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