Building Strong Foundations with Alaska Native Families through Alaska Native Cultures 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, &
- 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:
At Cook Inlet Native Head Start (CINHS), we use "the Way We See" curriculum. "The Way We See" curriculum is a systematic guide of planned activities designed to build experiences, skills, and attitudes that prepare each child for kindergarten. The Curriculum is researched-Based*. rubric driven, observation assessed, and draws upon learning and child development principles that are delivered through the utilization and focus upon Alaska Native values and cultural enrichment.** The curriculum is administered in a child-centered environment which is play-based and stressed the development of social, emotional, motor, physical, and cognitive skills.
* Research Sources: Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five; the Alaskan State Early Learning Guides; and National "Best Practices" research studies on early childhood learning with a focus on pre-kindergarten learning: social/emotional development, language development, cognitive development, and motor and physical development.
** Values and Cultural Sources: Alaska Native Values for Curriculum; Alaska Native Seasonal Cycles: A Cultural Curriculum Framework; and early childhood learning and education research on Alaska Natives and American Indians.
CINHS Board of Directors:
Gregory P. Razo
Dr. Angela Michaud
CINHS Policy Council: