Kawerak's Head Start is a pre-school program that promotes social competence and structure among three and four year old children in the Bering Strait region. Strong parental involvement, health and social services are primary components of Head Start's well-rounded program.
Kawerak's Early Head Start is a prenatal, birth to three program that promotes social competence and structure for children. In Brevig Mission and Elim we provide center based services and in Nome we provide home based services. Our program supports education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
Kawerak Head Start currently serves the following communities: Brevig Mission, Elim, Gambell, Golovin, Koyuk, Nome, Saint Michael, Shaktoolik, Shishmaref, Teller and White Mountain.
Kawerak Early Head Start currently serves the following communities: Brevig Mission, Elim and Nome.
All Head Start children are guided in developing social skills, physical fitness and educational tools that give them a head start towards kindergarten. All children receive appropriate developmental screenings and referrals as need. The program is inclusive and 10% of our enrollment is reserved for children with disabilities.
WHAT IS HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
- A national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
- Provides comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
- Includes Early Head Start to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the fact that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development.
- Promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
- Engages parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
- Develops trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture.
Early Head Start includes a set of principles to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver), emphasize a strengths-based, relationship-centered approach to services, and encompass the full range of a family’s needs from pregnancy through a child’s third birthday. They include:
- Positive Relationships and Continuity which honor the critical importance of early attachments on healthy development . Parents are a child’s first, and most important, relationship.
- Parent Involvement activities that offer parents a meaningful and strategic role in our program.
- Prevention and Promotion Activities that both promote healthy development and recognize and address atypical development at the earliest stage possible. Inclusion strategies that respect the unique developmental trajectories of young children in the context of a typical setting, including children with disabilities.
- Cultural competence which acknowledges the profound role that culture plays in early development. We also recognize the influence of cultural values and beliefs on both staff and families’ approaches to child development.
- Comprehensiveness, Flexibility and Responsiveness of services which allow children and families to move across various program options over time, as their life situation demands.
- Collaboration is central to our ability to meet the comprehensive needs of families. Strong partnerships allow us to expand services to families with infants and toddlers beyond our program and into the larger community.
All enrolled Head Start children are eligible and participate in the CACF (Child & Adult Care Food Program). “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 or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
For more information, please contact us at 800.443.5294.
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