American Indian and Alaska Native Programs

Head Start launched 34 American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start programs in the summer of 1965. Today, there are around 44,000 children of AIAN heritage served, both in AIAN and non-tribal programs. The Office of Head Start (OHS) honors the rich cultural heritage of our AIAN children, families, and communities. Based on the needs of local communities, Head Start programs offer traditional language and cultural practices to provide high-quality services to young children and their families. The targeted tools and resources below are available to assist in the planning, development, and organization of AIAN and other programs serving AIAN communities.

Tribal Consultations

The Tribal Consultations provide a forum for discussing how to better meet the needs of AIAN children and families.

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Tribal Language and Culture Materials

AIAN programs are involved in language and cultural preservation, revitalization, and maintenance efforts.

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AIAN-Specific School Readiness Materials

Watch webinars for AIAN teachers and education managers on variety of topics.

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