OSAGE NATION HEAD START
“BUILDING WORLD CLASS FUTURES”
Osage Nation Head Start empowers children and families an opportunity to grow and participate in life with confidence and awareness of their abilities to be successful citizens in the community and world. Through Head Start’s premier academic program and culturally diverse student experiences, we can make a difference!
At Osage Nation Head Start, we believe the chief priority is student learning and all students can learn to their fullest potential. By creating a caring, nurturing, and optimum learning environment, students are developing culturally, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Teachers, administrators, families, and community promote high standards, expectations, and share in advancing the schools mission.
GOALS TO ACHIEVE
- High quality education
- Strong curriculum base
- Follow school readiness guidelines
- Follow head start standards, early childhood best practices and state school standards
- Provide and promote Osage language and culture
- Encourage family and community engagement
- Student centered/teacher guided learning experiences
- Exposure to new learning experiences through hands-on play, creativity, and exploration
- Differentiated individualized instruction
- Positive, active engagement using the teacher modeling and interaction
- Positive peer interaction
- Respect for self and others
CRITERIA OF ADMISSION
- Children who are 3 yrs. of age by Sept. 1.
- Children may be 3-5 yrs. of age, but not kindergarten eligible.
- Admission is based on federal income guidelines with low income first priority.
- Osage preference, other tribes, and non-Indian are all allowable to be accepted.
- Over-income is eligible as slots are available with up to 49% over income in the total enrollment of the program.
- An immunization record is also needed.
SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
- Health Screenings – physicals, dental, vision, hearing, speech/language, behavioral, immunizations, ht./wt.
- Nutrition – healthy meals, food experiences
- Physical – music, dancing, outdoor play, games, Little Olympics
- Education – screening/assessment, individualized educational plan, kindergarten visits, literacy, school readiness
- Family & Community Engagement – parent committees, community partnership, goal setting
- Osage Language & Culture – Osage verbalization, dancing, music, clothing, ideals, traditions, art
- Special Needs – assessment, individual education plan, therapy
- Governance – policy group, decision making
- Extras – field trips, STEM events, Fatherhood activities, free book giveaways, community walks, t-shirts, musical events, photos
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
- August thru May school calendar
- Pawhuska, Hominy, Skiatook – Monday to Friday – 8:00 to 2:30
- Fairfax – Monday to Thursday (follows public school calendar) – 8:00 to 2:30
- Pawhuska and Skiatook – family must bring child to school for drop-off and pick-up each day
- Hominy and Fairfax – Head Start provides daily bus service for pick-up and drop-off each day