Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Pilot Station Head Start students participate in a drawing activity. Photo by Matt Walker

Pilot Station Head Start students participate in a drawing activity. Photo by Matt Walker

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.

2013 Head Start and Early Head Start Highlights
● 979 children were served
● 101 homeless families were served
● 87 children with special needs were served
● 26 prenatal women were served

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

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: 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.

Download the 2013 Head Start Annual Report (PDF).