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Nisqually Tribe Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by providing comprehensive early childhood educational services to enhance children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start is a child-focused
program, and haves an overall goal of increasing the social competence of young children from low-income families. Nisqually Tribe Head Start has a long tradition of delivering high quality services designed to foster healthy development of all our children who attend the program. The program provides a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development, and provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and parent engagement.

 

Our mission is to “offer a place of support for our children and families by empowering the families to become further involved in the education of their children. Early/Head Start provides educational opportunities necessary to nurture and develop positive self-esteem and greater competency amongst our families as they move forward in life.”


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Nisqually Tribe also provides Early Head Start (EHS), which serves infants and toddlers, and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level. The Nisqually Tribe EHS program is a federally funded program that provides intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families. Early Head Start is designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver). Services encompass the full range of a family's needs from birth through the child's third birthday. The program offers:

 

  • Early intervention for infants and toddlers with delays or medical diagnoses
  • Developmental support for infants and toddlers
  • Comprehensive Educational services
  • Ages & Stages Assessment, and referrals
  • Parental and family support and involvement
  • Referrals for social services
  • Health, dental, nutrition, mental health, and social services
  • Home visits
  • Transition planning.


Staff:

Deborah Sioux Lee, Director
siouxlee.debbie@nisqually-nsn.gov


Vacant, Program Operations Manager


Tana Charley Education/Diabilities Coordinator
charley.talia@nisqually-nsn.gov


Tahnee McCloud, Family/Health Services Coordinator - Head Start

mccloud.tahnee@nisqually-nsn.gov

Chenoa Vargas-Perez, Family/Health Services Coordinator - Early Head Start
perez-vargas.chenoa@nisqually-nsn.gov

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