FNA Head Start promotes cultural identity of Alaska Native and American Indian families, while giving children educational, physical, social skills, and tools to have a great head start towards school readiness. All of the children receive screenings to help ensure that they are where they should be developmentally and Head Start seeks to obtain additional services for them when needed. Head Start works with families to connect with partnering community agencies for additional resources that they may need.
History of Fairbanks Native Association Head Start 0-5
FNA Head Start opened its door in 1993. The original site, the Poldine Carlo Building dedicated to of one of FNA’s founders, provided part day services for 60 children and home base care for 22 children. The original program had 15 staff members. In 1998, FNA expanded, and opened Early Head Start at 609 3rd Ave, and served an additional 80 families in center base and home base options.
FNA Head Starts have grown through the years, and in 2014, FNA restructured its Early Childhood Division, bringing Early Head Start and Head Start together to operate as one program. FNA Head Start 0-5 has a staff of over 50, providing Center Base services to children in three sites: The Poldine Carlo Building, 609 3rd St., and our newest site in the McKinley building, as well as providing Home Based Services. Head Start 0-5 is currently funded to serve 303 children; 130 Head Start slots for children age 3-5, and 173 Early Head Start slots for children age 0-3.
FNA Head Start 0-5 accepts applications from all families of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The children enrolled in FNA Head Start 0-5 are guided in developing social skills, physical fitness and educational tools that give them a head start towards school readiness. All children receive appropriate developmental screenings and referrals as needed. The program is inclusive and promotes cultural identity of Alaska Native and American Indian families through onsite activities and field trips to cultural events such as the Festival of Alaska Native Arts.
Center Based (Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
Center based services focus on health, nutrition, education, and cultural activities.
Part Day Services
FNA Head Start has 6 Part Day Classes, 3 morning classes and 3 afternoon classes. This service is open Monday through Thursday, 4 hours per day, September – May.
Part Day Indigenous Language
FNA Head Start Indigenous Language Part Day Class, 1 morning class and 1 afternoon class. This service is open Monday through Thursday, 4 hours per day, September – May. Children will have the opportunity to learn the Koyukon Athabascan language, Denaakk’e.
Extended Day Services
FNA Head Start has 7 Extended Day Classes are for parents/guardians who are in training/school, searching for work or currently employed. The Extended Day Classes are open Monday through Thursday, 10 hours per day, September – August.
Combo – Home Base/Center Base (Ages 3 to 5 years)
This service is a Home Base/Classroom experience combination. A home visitor schedules Classroom experience two times a week combined with one home visit a month between September – May, with weekly home visits during the summer months.
Home Base (Prenatal – 5 years)
This option offers weekly educational home visits as well as twice monthly socializations. These services are offered year round.
All options receive services from our Part B and Part C educational partners.