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.

2017 Highlights

  • 1,313 children, ages 0 to 5, received early childhood services through Head Start, Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs
  • 1,182 families with young children enrolled in early childhood programs
  • 1,146 children received age appropriate developmental screenings
  • 84 children were identified as having special needs
  • 1,138 children or prenatal women reported having health insurance
  • 96% of four-year-olds demonstrated a skill level consistent with their age range