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Head Start

Head Start

Sheila Beaver, Director

Program Purpose:

The purpose of Head Start is to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.

Program Description:

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five, who come from low income families, by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas such as language, literacy, as well as social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Children between the ages of three and five from low income families, foster children, homeless children, children with special needs and all other children who fall between the age requirements are eligible. Entry is based on a tally for an enrollment point system.
  • Children and families who are enrolled in the program in Akiachak, Bethel, Chefornak, Kotlik, Nightmute, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, Scammon Bay, Tuntutuliak, Tuluksak and Tununak

Application Process:

After parents submit an application, the site staff verifies whether all documents are completed and applications are sent to central office that reviews and determines eligibility.

Contact Information:

Head Start Site Offices: Akiachak 907-825-4120, Bethel 907-543-3188, Chefornak 907-867-8748, Kotlik 907-899-4728,  Nightmute 907-647-6464,Quinhagak 907-556-8151, Russian Mission 907-584-5615, Scammon Bay 907-558-5711, Tuluksak 907-695-6456, Tuntutuliak 907-256-2400, Tununak 907-652-6011 or the Head Start Central Office 907-543-7410.

And Justice for All

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation of prior civil rights. (Not all prohibited base apply to all programs.