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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.

Program Description

Head Start is a federal and state funded program that promotes school readiness of children between the age of three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.


Head Start provides a learning environment that supports children's growth in the following domains:

  • Language and Literacy.
  • Cognition and General Knowledge.
  • Physical Development and Health.
  • Social and Emotional Development.
  • Approaches to Learning.

Head Start builds relationships 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.
  • Families as advocates and leaders.

Benefits of Head Start

  • No cost.
  • Parent volunteers become a part of the educational experience for their child.
  • Nutritious meals.
  • Developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Social skills and imaginative play.
  • Individualized curriculum and attention
  • Learn healthy habits.
  • Low child to staff ratio.
  • Learn about Native culture.
  • Parent education opportunities.

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.

Communities Served

  • Angoon
  • Craig
  • Hoonah
  • Juneau
  • Klawock
  • Petersburg
  • Saxman
  • Sitka
  • Wrangell
  • Yakutat

If you reside in a community outside of Tlingit Haida Head Start's service area, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) provies center-based option in other Southeast Alaska communities. To find a Head Start program or center in your area, please visit the Office of Head Start website.

Eligibility Requirements

See attached eligibility requirements.

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).

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. “To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 ( TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."



For more information, please contact Tlingit Haida Head Start:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7127 | Direct: 907.463.7127 | Fax: 907.463.7388