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Head Start

Tlingit & Haida Head Start is a free federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The program respectfully nurtures families and their children to grow, participate in life with confidence and awareness, and use their strengths to reach their full potential.

Head Start promotes school readiness of children ages 3-5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. The program provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth in:

  • Language and literacy;
  • Cognition and general knowledge;
  • Physical development and health;
  • Social and emotional development; and
  • Approaches to learning.

Head Start builds relationships with families that support:

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships;
  • Families and learners and lifelong educators;
  • Family engagement in transitions;
  • Family connections to peers and community; and
  • Families as advocates and leaders.

Head Start offers center-based classrooms in most communities served and a home-based program for three year olds in Juneau.

Disabilities Service: Parents who have children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities or developmental delays are encouraged to apply. Disabilities or developmental delays may include, but are not restricted to: speech, health, social, emotional, visual, hearing and/or physical impairments.

Head Start Mission

To respectfully nurture families and their children to grow, participate in life with confidence and awareness, and use their strengths to reach their full potential.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination,
complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866.632.9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202.690.7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339; or 800.845.6136 (Spanish).

Eligibility Requirements

For more information, please contact Tlingit Haida Head Start:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7127 | Local: 907.463.7127 | Fax: 877.389.7796