Mission Statement  

Building Strong Foundations with Alaska Native Families through Alaska Native Cutures and Education

Strong Native Children and Their Families Reaching Their Full Potential

Our program goals in working with our community are:

  • Establish a supportive learning environment for children, parents, and staff. Value & promote the building of awareness, skills, & understanding.
  • Recognize that the members of the Head Start community - children, families, & staff - have roots in many cultures. Work as a team and effectively promote respectful and proactive approaches to diversity.
  • Families are empowered when families, governing bodies, & staff share the responsibility of program governance. Hear and respect the ideas and opinions of families.
  • Embrace a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, & staff. Assure that basic health needs are met, encourage preventive health practices, and promote behaviors that enhance life-long well being.
  • Respect the importance of all aspects of individual development, including social, emotional, cognitive, & physical growth.
  • Build a community in which each child & adult is respected as an individual while still belonging to the group.
  • Foster relationships with the larger community to build a network of partners that respects families and staff.
  • Develop a continuum of care, education and services that allows stable, uninterrupted support to children & families before, during & after their Head Start experience.

--Source: Head Start Performance Standards; 45CFR, Introduction, page 1.

  About The School  

About Cook Inlet Native Head Start

At Cook Inlet Native Head Start (CINHS), we use the Creative Curriculum. The philosophy of the Creative Curriculum is, "children learn by doing", meaning that children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching tasting, listening, smelling, and looking).

In using real materials such as blocks and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors and they notice relationships between things and how they work together. The most important goal of Creative Curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic life-long learners.

Our teachers encourage children to be active, creative, and to think their own thoughts. It is also our teacher's goal for children to learn to be independent, to develop self-confidence, and social skills. More than that, at Cook Inlet Native Head Start, we believe that culture is a very important part of a child's learning; therefore, recognition is given to parents as the child's first teacher.

We are able to meet the need of each child enrolled by individualizing in the areas of language, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

We encourage families to volunteer and develop a trusting relationship with their child's teacher to work together in preparing children for success in kindergarten and life-long education.

CINHS Board of Directors


Jon Ross


Vice President

Susan Anderson



Gregory P. Razo



Amy Fredeen



James Sears



Ileen Sylvester




CINHS Policy Council

Jennifer McCarty Charette, Chairperson


Elizabeth Hancock, Vice Chair


 Selena Hoelscher, Secretary


 Camilla Malchoff, Parent Representative


 Kandis Tate 


William Anaruk, Community Representative


Joe Malone, Community Representative



Public Notification USDA Non-discrimination statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Last Published: 11/19/2015