Head Start

The mission of Head Start as a federally mandated program created in 1965, is to ensure comprehensive developmental services to America’s low-income preschool children (ages three to five). In addition Head Start staff and parents must become partners to identify family goals and strengths in order to access the necessary services and supports in the community. Specific services for children focus on education, social-emotional development, physical and mental heal, and nutrition including children with disabilities.

The APIA Head Start program provides a half-day program which operates September thru May, and is designed to support children’s physical, intellectual and social growth.  Parents are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the program, and are provided with education, information and referrals to assist them in reaching their goals.

Although preference is given to low-income and Alaska Native families, all children who meet eligibility requirements are considered on a space-available basis. Head Start ensures that all families receive the services of Education, Special Needs, Mental Health, Nutrition, and Social Services.
Head Start Division Coordinator:  
Mark Wasierski
Direct: 907-222-9731
Email: markw@apiai.org

Local Contact- Head Start Lead Teacher:  
Karen Walls
Phone: 907-383-5999
Email: sandpoinths@apiai.org