Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Trista Atti of the Toksook Bay Head Start. Photo by Dorothy Erickson

Trista Atti of the Toksook Bay Head Start. Photo by Dorothy Erickson

Download the 2014 Head Start Annual Report (PDF).

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their families. RurAL CAP has operated Head Starts in rural Alaska since 1965. Head Start serves children ages three to five and Early Head Start serves prenatal women and children ages birth to three. The programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other related services.

The programs also help parents make progress toward their own education, literacy and employment goals. Local Parent Committees are formed at each Head Start Center to assist the staff in curriculum development, increase community support and offer advice on programmatic and fiscal decisions. Parents help determine the cultural appropriateness and responsiveness of program services.

2014 Head Start and Early Head Start Highlights
● 918 children were served
● 49 families who were homeless were served
● 86 children with special needs were served
● 20 prenatal women were served

Early Head Start Head Start    
Akiak Akiak Kake Nunapitchuk
Hooper Bay Alakanuk Ketchikan Pilot Station
Kwethluk Anchorage Kluti-Kaah Savoonga
Nunapitchuk Chevak Kodiak Stebbins
Pilot Station Emmonak Kwethluk Sterling
St. Mary’s Haines Marshall Tok/Tanacross
  Homer Mountain Village Toksook Bay
  Hooper Bay Napaskiak