About Us

As a private, non-profit organization Bauer is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the agency and ensuring dollars entrusted to Bauer are used to meet its mission. The Head Start Policy Council also is part of the organization's governance structure. It is responsible for working in collaboration with the Board of Directors to ensure operations in our Head Start and Early Head Start programs meet the needs of the community and are provided in compliance with Federal regulations.
Bauer Organization
Day to day operations of the organization is entrusted to a Leadership Team that provides guidance and oversight to more than 200 employees who serve more than 7,000 children and families annually. Staff are provided with continuing education and regular supervision to support them in providing high-quality, evidence-based practices to the children and families we have the privilege to work with.


To be a transformative service provider for children and their families.


To empower children and their families to thrive.

Guiding Principles

Bauer uses the following guiding principles to guide the work of the organization:
  • We believe empowered families are central to a child's development; therefore, we will provide support, resources, and advocacy where and when it is needed.
  • We value producing positive outcomes for our community; therefore, we are on a journey to constantly enhance our work.
  • We value integrity; therefore, we will continuously choose to do the right thing even when it is not the easiest option.
  • We believe we cannot do this work alone; therefore, we seek to leverage and deepen opportunities and partnerships to meet the needs of the children and families we support.
Bauer Family Resources receives a variety of federal, state, and local funds to carry out our work, as well as the support of many private donors who give their time, talent, and treasure.

This foundation provides us with the ability to serve more than 7,000 children and families in a  county area in west-central Indiana. 95% of these families are living at or below the federal poverty level. Our staff responds to the individual needs of each of those we work with.