Prenatal to Five Head Start Program

Tanana Chiefs Conference Prenatal to Five Head Start is committed to providing children with safe and nurturing environments where they can learn through exploration and play.

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These services are provided to children who are enrolled in the Centerbased or Homebased Programs:

  • Nutritious foods that meet USDA guidelines
  • Daily teeth brushing
  • Safety information
  • Hearing Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • Hemoglobin Screening
  • Height/Weight
  • Blood Pressure
  • Developmental screenings & assessments
  • Educational group activities
  • Family Nights
  • Parent Committee
  • Policy Council
  • Connection to resources based on interest
  • Cultural experiences based on Athabascan Values
  • And most of all, a HEAD START to being school ready


Tanana Chiefs Conference Prenatal to Five Head Start Program serves families with children prenatal to five years old. As an Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS), we provide services through two delivery systems: Centerbased and Homebased. The Centerbased system uses a classroom to provide services; and the Homebased system provides services in the family’s home. Each of our communities that we are located in has unique program options to provide quality services to families.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Tanana Chief Conference Prenatal to Five Head Start Program, contact your TCC Head Start Village office to assist with enrollment.

Please see the list below to see what option is available in your community.

Centerbased: Serves children ages birth to five in a classroom setting:

  • Monday-Thursday and every other Friday
  • Full Day: 6hr days
    • Galena (EHS & HS)
    • Nenana (EHS & HS)
    • Northway (HS)
  • Part Day: 3.5hr days
    • Fort Yukon (HS)
    • Grayling (HS)
    • Huslia (HS)
    • McGrath (HS)

Homebased: Serves all families with children prenatal to age 5 in their homes:

  • 46 Weekly Home visits
  • 22 socials per year
  • Prenatal to 5 years old
    • Allakaket
    • Holy Cross
    • Hughes
    • Kaltag
    • Minto
    • Nulato
    • Shageluk
    • Tanacross
    • Tanana
    • Tetlin
  • Prenatal to 3 years old
    • Grayling (EHS)
    • Husila (EHS)
    • McGrath (EHS)

Eligibility Requirements

Head Start is an income based program. As an American Indian / Alaska Native agency, we are able to serve up to 49% of children who are considered over the income guidelines, provided ALL of the children who are eligible to enroll have been enrolled. At a minimum this is 51%.

We reserve 10% of our funded slots for children with disabilities.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.