Tag: Head Start

Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October

| November 4, 2018
Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October

We believe it is possible for every student to receive an excellent education every step of the way. In order to get there, it is important to identify the programs and initiatives we know are working so they can be celebrated, and potentially replicated. Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October:

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New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

| July 19, 2017
New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

“Fall in Line, Holden,” a new children’s book by Daniel W. Vandever, follows a Navajo boy through his day at boarding school and seeks to start a discussion about how that history still affects Native people today.

Vandever, who wrote and illustrated the book, is from Haystack, New Mexico, and is the communication director for Navajo Technical University where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

He volunteers for the Crownpoint Rug Auction, providing technical support and helping local weavers sell their rugs. He comes from a long line of educators and is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

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Kinship Caregiver Education Series

| March 26, 2017
Kinship Caregiver Education Series

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Information and Services provided by DCS which could benefit kinship caregivers and your child’s appropriate placement. Learn how to communicate about needs and services for your family.

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Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

| November 2, 2016
Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Head Start “has done a lot of good in the past 50 years,” but the first early education program in the U.S. is due for a change, said Jonathon Gonzales, executive director of the Arizona Head Start Association.

That change started Tuesday via a 118-page “comprehensive” rewrite of Head Start rules, the first such overhaul in more than 40 years.

The changes will be phased in over several years, with the biggest impact likely to be the requirement that programs shift to a full-day offering by 2021. Most of the 14 programs in Arizona currently provide half-day school-readiness classes for toddlers and young children, Gonzales said.

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Council approves $3.6 million for Navajo Head Start. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| May 4, 2016
Council approves $3.6 million for Navajo Head Start. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

The Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved $3.6 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Nation Head Start as a cash match for a federal grant entitled “Administration for Children and Families.”

Navajo Nation Head Start requested the council approve the supplemental money from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance for the grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Head Start partnering with Grand Canyon communities

| November 4, 2015
Head Start partnering with Grand Canyon communities

Offering Head Start at the Grand Canyon may have taken over 10 years to accomplish, but within the next few weeks representatives say the program will open its doors.

Based on growing interest from the Grand Canyon and Tusayan communities, Jesse Rodriguez, director of Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) for Head Start, believes they can expect a full classroom.

“I’ll tell you (the delay) is unfortunate but we are so pleased,” he said. “It looks like we, right now, are within one student of having full enrollment available and ready to go.”

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Pre-K Researchers Can’t Get Past The Third Grade

| October 21, 2015
Pre-K Researchers Can’t Get Past The Third Grade

Disadvantaged children who receive quality early childhood development have much better education, employment, social and health outcomes as adults, the vast majority of research shows. Unfortunately, this good news is getting lost in the current obsession over third-grade test scores. This is the case with the recent debate around the new Vanderbilt study on the Tennessee pre-K program.

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Hopi Early Childhood Fair: Help Me Grow! – July 8th – Second Mesa

| July 2, 2015
Hopi Early Childhood Fair: Help Me Grow! – July 8th – Second Mesa

You are invited to participate in the Hopi Early Childhood Fair: Help Me Grow! on Wednesday, July 8th at Second Mesa Day School, 10am-1pm. There is still time to register for a table.  Please fill out the attached registration form if you have not already and send it back by Monday to Head Start at […]

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NAU lab brings language skills to Flagstaff kids

| March 25, 2015
NAU lab brings language skills to Flagstaff kids

NAU’s Child Development and Language Lab is developing programs for use by Head Start preschool and grade school teachers. The lab, which is part of NAU’s Institute for Human Development, is run by Trina Spencer, a language intervention and assessment researcher. Spencer works closely with a team of undergraduate and graduate students who join her at area schools to do language skill work with young students.

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Early Learning: U.S. education committee calls for strengthening Head Start

| January 28, 2015
Early Learning: U.S. education committee calls for strengthening Head Start

January 21, 2015 • By Susan Frey • EdSource The U.S. House of Representatives education committee released a white paper Wednesday that calls for strengthening the federal Head Start preschool program by coordinating existing early learning programs, improving quality and enhancing parental involvement. “Quality early childhood education plays an important role in the health and […]

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