P.O. Box 219, 101A Main Street, Bethel, Alaska 99559
Phone (907) 543-7300 | Fax (907) 543-3596



AVCP Head Start
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Program Purpose

The overall philosophy of the AVCP Head Start Programs states that the children are our future, their development is crucial to insuring a continuing and strong Alaskan Native culture that has been built on traditional values and will continue building on these values so they become a vital part of our children growth and development.
Our philosophy incorporates the ideas and skills of sound nurturing of our children in all aspects of growth: those being educational, health, nutritional practices, and the development of self-esteem and respect for others as well as self, pride in their native heritage. These will help guide our children to grow and develop into competent and mature adults.

Program Description

AVCP Head Start operates Center base programs in Akiachak, Bethel, Chefornak, Kalskag, Kotlik, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, Scammon Bay and Tuluksak.
Two of our sites both offer the Home Base Program and Center Base Program those Communities are Scammon Bay and Quinhagak. In Nightmute we offer the Home base Program.  Bethel offers both morning and afternoon sessions.
Head Start Centers are in operation 4 hours a day, 4 days a week with a 128 day school year.

We offer breakfast and lunch to the morning programs and lunch and a snack to the afternoon classes.

To enroll you child in the Head Start Program contact your local Head Start Center or call:
907-543-7430 for more information

Contact Information

Sheila Beaver, Head Start Director                    
Email: sbeaver@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7434

Cathy Wold, Education/Mental Health Coordinator              
Email: cwold@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7435

Janet Andrew, Family/Community Services Coordinator
Email: jandrew@avcp.org
Phone (907)543-7433

Sam K. Alexie, Health/Disabilities Coordinator
Email: skalexie@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7432

Rodney Thomas, Staff Development Coordinator
Email: rthomas@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7437

Karen Bayayok, Administrative Assistant
Email: kbayayok@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7438

Sally Demientieff, Receptionist/Secretary
Email: sdemientieff@avcp.org
Phone (907) 543-7430

Phillip Noes, Maintenance
Phone (907) 543-7436

Department Fax (907) 543-5590

Village Based Supervisors

Olinka Evon, Akiachak
(907) 825-4121
Email: oevon@avcp.org

Karen Martin, Kasigluk
(907) 477-6077
email:  kmartin@avcp.org

Marie K. Nicholas, Home Base Coordinator
Email: mnicholas@avcp.org
Phone (907) 477-6077

Akiachak Head Start
(907) 825-4120
Lead Teacher: Katie Charles
Maintenance: Minnie Snyder
Cook: Mary Peter
Office Manager: Daniel Moses
Teacher: Anna Mae Moses

Kalskag Head Start
(907) 471-2210
Lead Teacher: Maybelle Steeves
Teacher: Katrina Morris
Cook: Cathy Wise
Office Manager: Megan Turner
Maintenance: Annie Wise

Bethel A.M.
(907) 543-3188
Lead Teacher: Jane Atti
Teacher: Jackie Parka
Cook: Brenda Aloysius
Maintenance: George Hoffman
Office Manager: Bonnie Poe

Kotlik Head Start
(907) 899-4726
Lead Teacher: Gabina Okitkun
Teacher: Brenda Odinzoff
Cook: Rhoda Teeluk
Office Manager: Eileen Mathias
Maintenance: James Aketachunak

Bethel P.M
(907) 543-3188
Lead Teacher: Alex Engerbreth
Teacher: Margaret Nagasiak
Maintenance: George Hoffman
Cook: Rose Michaelson
Office Manager: Bonnie Poe

Nightmute Head Start
(907) 647-6464
Lead Home Visitor: Bertha George
Home Visitor: Charlotte Anthony

Chefornak Head Start
(907) 867-8748
Lead Teacher: Eliza Tunuchuk
Maintenance: Bernard Panruk
Cook/Office Manager: Corina Abraham
Teacher: Lenora Wiseman

Quinhagak Head Start
(907) 556-8151 (center base)
Lead Teacher: Emma Matthew
Teacher: Adam Petluska
Office Manager: Vacant
Cook: Joan Foster
Maintenance: Ferdinand Cleveland
(907) 556-8251 (home base)
Lead Home Visitor: Paula Tikiun
Home Visitor: Charlene Naneng
Home Visitor: Jerilyn Kelly

Russian Mission Head Start
(907) 584-5229
Maintenance: Gary Kozevnikoff 
Teacher: Josephine Larson
Cook/Office Manager: Crystal Askoar
Lead Teacher: Bernadette Nickolai

Tuluksak Head Start
(907) 695-6456
Lead Teacher: Rosalie Pavilla
Cook: Sharon Peters
Teacher: Samantha Nicholai
Office Manager: Sarah Owens
Maintenance: Sam Kinegak

Scammon Bay Head Start
(907) 558-5711
Lead Teacher: Caroline Ulak
Teacher: Betty George
Cook: Evelyn Ulak
Maintenance: Leonard Kaganak
Lead Home Visitor/Office Manager: Naamen Kaganak
Home Visitor: Stella Kaganak


In Accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basics of race, color national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited base apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326_W, Whitten Building, and 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720 5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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