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 Butte, Harding, Perkins, and Western Corson counties as well as either home based and/or classroom center based Head Start (3-5 years old) services for eligible families in Butte, Harding, Perkins, and Western Corson 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 2026
Erin Melling Lawyer Director Legal Expert Belle Fourche, SD Term expires May 2024
Janine Short Loan Officer Director Fiscal Expert Sturgis, SD Term expires April 2024
Elizabeth Christian Education Specialist Director Early Childhood Expert Spearfish, SD Term expires October 2025

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Policy Council
Employment Opportunities

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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