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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

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: How to File a Complaint, 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;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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