Head Start Continues College Partnerships

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

Thirteen tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) received funding for their Head Start programs this year. Over $1.8 million was awarded under the Head Start partnership program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides services for children from birth to age five, pregnant women, and their families. Their programs are child-focused and promote school readiness of young children in low-income families.

Two of the colleges received funding for 5 years starting in September 2004: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute ($150,000 per year) and Chief Dull Knife College ($150,000).

Eight colleges received funding for 5 years starting in 2003 and continuing in 2004: Blackfeet Community College ($150,000), Bay Mills Community College ($144,620), Oglala Lakota College ($150,000), Si Tanka College ($150,000), Fort Belknap College ($150,000), College of Menominee Nation ($147,335), Fort Peck Community College ($149,748), and Stone Child College ($150,000).

There have been five rounds of competition for Head Start grants since 1999, according to figures provided by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Starting in 2001, the grants were for 5 years. The initial grants in 1999 and 2000 were for 4 years. After the first 4 years, 9 of those initial 13 colleges received 5-year grants to continue their programs; 4 did not.

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