The Navajo Head Start
(NHS) is one of the largest Head Start organizations operating in the United
States today. The Navajo Reservation is comparable in size to the state of
There are five (5) Head
Start Agency offices: Northern Navajo (Shiprock), Eastern Navajo
(Crownpoint), Central Navajo (Chinle), Western Navajo (Tuba City), and Ft.
Defiance. The Central Administration is located in the Capital of the Navajo
Nation in Window Rock, AZ.
Currently, Navajo Head
Start is funded to provided services to 4,013 children ages 3-5 are enrolled
in 206 Head Start centers and Home Base programs. 60 children ages 0-3 and
expectant mothers are enrolled in 5 Early Head Start centers across the
Navajo Nation. Each year the 0-5 age population increases.
NHS is taking on several
new initiatives to improve the quality and delivery of services to children,
families, and communities. The I Care
Curriculum, Fatherhood Initiative,
STEPS Literacy Program, Positive Child Outcomes, revision of
the Dine' Curriculum, Galileo, the Head Start Family Information System
(HSFIS), and Innovative Technology are currently underway.
The I Care Curriculum is a parent involvement and mentoring
curriculum designed to involve parents not only in the classroom as
volunteers, but also in the home through positive parenting.
The Fatherhood Initiative will focus on empowering and strengthening
the role of fathers in families.
is a curriculum designed to enhance language and literacy skills and improve
the teacher's teaching performance in the classroom.
Positive Child Outcomes is a framework intended for Head Start programs to design ongoing
assessments of the progress and accomplishments throughout the child's
enrollment in Head Start.
the HSFIS are tools via satellite
will aid the NHS to track, monitor, and assess the progress and
accomplishments of each enrollee.
NHS proudly presents its
program to the Navajo people as, not only, an educational institution, but as
a quality comprehensives program uniquely designed to meet the individual
needs of each child, family, expectant mother, and community.
NHS is committed to
empowering each child, family, expectant mother, and community to become
proactive and effective learners, leaders, and caretakers for the future
generations of this great Navajo Nation.