National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office (NAIANHSCO) was created under Public Law 110‐134, "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.” Similar to the Head Start State Collaboration Offices, NAIANHSCO works to identify potential partners for collaboration and communicates the needs of Head Start children and families. In a group effort, they form alliances to provide appropriate support to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Unlike the State Collaboration Offices, NAIANHSCO strives to perform these tasks across multiple states. Due to the unique relationship that sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) entities hold with the federal government, this includes developing relationships with offices and organizations that are national in scope. These partners may include the Indian Health Service, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association, Office of Child Care, and others.

NAIANHSCO serves 150 AIAN Head Start and 58 AIAN Early Head Start programs in 26 different states across the country.

Mission Statement:
NAIANHSCO is committed to assisting Head Start grantees in developing collaborative partnerships that will help improve the quality of life for AIAN children and families.


Micker (Mike) Richardson, MBA
Center for Early Care and Education 
U.S. Education & Workforce Development Group 
Phone: 202-884-8155

Joanna Whitaker
Program Officer
Center for Early Care an Education
U.S. Education & Workforce Development Group
Phone: 202-884-8908

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