Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

Early Childhood Education

Olivia Young and Tiana Albert play at the Tok Head Start. Photo by Andrea Sitton

Olivia Young and Tiana Albert play at the Tok Head Start. Photo by Andrea Sitton

The Child Development Division provides services to prenatal women, children and families in 28 communities across Alaska. The programs offered by the Division include Head Start, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and an early child care facility in Anchorage. Children who have access to high quality, culturally respectful and meaningful education are more likely to graduate from high school, lead productive lives and raise healthy families. The Division operates under strict federal and state regulations which require a well-trained staff and close monitoring of its programs.

The Division programs are designed to facilitate parent involvement and community collaboration. Programs promote the basic tenet that parents are the child’s first and best teacher. Children receive services that promote positive socio-emotional development, healthy practices, cultural richness and school readiness.

2015 Results

  • Provided early childhood services to 1,455 children in 28 communities
  • 176 Parents as Teachers families reported improved parenting skills related to positive discipline and development
  • 102,750 nutritious meals were served to children in 24 communities helping children learn and maintain good health
  • 1,226 children received age appropriate developmental screenings
  • 263 out of 380 Head Start four year olds demonstrated kindergarten readiness in math
  • 467 volunteers donated 3,892 hours in support of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs
  • 26 Parents as Teachers staff received 812 hours of training