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About Headstart of Nevada and California

The Washoe Tribe Head Start program has two locations; Dresslerville Community and Stewart Community. Dresslerville serves 36 children in two classrooms. One of those classrooms features the Washoe Language Immersion Program. In the Stewart community there are three classrooms serving 54 children.

The program is available to children ages 3 (by September 30) and 4 who reside in Douglas County or Carson County. Breakfast and Lunch are served. Parents can become involved through the Policy Council and the Center Parent Committee. Parent workshops are offered and parent volunteers are WELCOME.

Please contact Head Start Administration at 775-265-1074 to have an application sent to you.

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The Washoe Tribe received their Head Start grant in 1996. Head Start provides service to 90 children within Carson City and Douglas County. There are three classrooms on the Stewart reservation and two classrooms in Dresslerville. Head Start had an initial training on the Pyramid Model in 2010. The first year began with implementing the Pyramid Model in two classrooms. Now all five classrooms are fully involved.

The Head Start motto is Be Safe and Be Respectful. This applies not only to classroom rules but is also part of our Parent Involvement, Volunteer Policy and Staff Commitment to Coworkers. Each center has a bulletin board where recognition can be given to individuals who demonstrate “being safe and respectful”.

The 2015-2016 school year is the fifth year of Pyramid Model implementation. In August Head Start held their Pyramid Model roll out as part of Parent Orientation. The Pyramid Model has been wonderful! Teachers can communicate expectations to the children and use strategies to assist individual children with behavior challenges. The more it is used the better the outcomes are for the children. Parents have asked and they are given guidance and needed materials to implement the Pyramid Model at home. We have also been able to offer workshops to parents.

The improvement in child outcomes became evident at a Head Start Leadership Team meeting. After reviewing current data, it was compared to previous years. For example, in fall of 2011, 53% of children scored ‘above cutoff’ on the ASQ-SE. In the fall of 2015 the percentage was 17%! Head Start can attribute the decrease in children with social-emotional concerns to: consistency in staffing, increased implementation by the staff through TPOT training and goals coaching, and program-wide lesson plans for the first five weeks. The social-emotional lesson planning intentionally teaches behavior expectations, routines, feelings management and problem solving.