Native Language and Culture Experiences Among Children in Region XI Head Start Classrooms and Programs: Findings From the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015
This research brief uses data from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) 2015 (see Box 2) to provide nationally representative descriptive information about children’s Native language and culture experiences in their Region XI classrooms and programs.
Read the entire brief here.
PROGRAM INSTRUCTION: Final Rule on Designation Renewal System Changes
Issuance Date: 8/27/2020
The Office of Head Start (OHS) announced in the Federal Register a final rule updating the Designation Renewal System (DRS). In the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Congress required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to both establish a DRS and to periodically review the system. HHS first established the DRS through a final rule in 2011, and has been regularly analyzing data on the implementation of the system and on the grantees required to compete. OHS is confident the DRS has driven increases in the quality of Head Start and Early Head Start services, but believes improvements can be made to the system.
This final rule includes revisions to three of the seven conditions of the DRS: the deficiency condition, the condition related to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®), and the fiscal condition related to audit findings. These changes will ensure OHS identifies those grantees where competition is the most warranted and more effectively holds grantees accountable, while also making the DRS more transparent.
Rescheduled Office of Head Start 2020 Tribal Consultation Meetings
Register Online Now!
The Office of Head Start (OHS) has rescheduled the 2020 Tribal Consultations to occur in a virtual environment. The in-person meetings previously announced have been cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic. Consultations will be held between OHS leadership and the leadership of tribal governments operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs. OHS will listen to tribal leadership discuss ways to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations.
Please register for the session that aligns with your tribal nation's geographic region.
• Regions I–V: Sept. 23, 2020, 1–4 p.m. ET
• Regions VI–VIII: Oct. 14, 2020, 1–4 p.m. ET
• Alaska: Oct. 21, 2020, 2–5 p.m. ET
• Regions IX–X: Oct. 28, 2020, 2–5 p.m. ET
More information will be posted on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website as it becomes available.
How to Register
Select the link to register: https://cvent.me/oPL8mD
As part of the registration process, you will select the Tribal Consultation Session you are interested in attending.
The consultation sessions will be conducted with elected or appointed leaders of tribal governments and their designated representatives. Designees must have a letter from the tribal government authorizing them to represent the tribe. Other representatives of tribal organizations and Native nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend as observers.
Tribal governments must submit the designee letter at least three days in advance of their consultation session to Todd Lertjuntharangool, regional program manager, Region XI/AIAN, OHS, at Todd.Lertjuntharangool@acf.hhs.gov.
Tribes wishing to submit written testimony for the report should send it to Todd.Lertjuntharangool@acf.hhs.gov prior to each consultation session or within 30 days after each meeting.
American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of $3,567,886 to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low income American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 42 U.S.C. § 9840A of the Head Start Act. Interested applicants may email for additional information.
Closing Date: Sep 21, 2020
American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start and/or Early Head Start Expansion Grant Opportunity
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) announces funding for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive early learning services for newly-enrolled, income-eligible American Indian/Alaska Native pregnant women, and children from birth to compulsory school age. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will solicit applications only from agencies with an existing Head Start, Early Head Start, or Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant award. OHS expects that expansion of an existing Head Start or Early Head Start program can include any of the following: adding slots within existing center-based classrooms or family child care programs; adding new classrooms to an existing center; adding or establishing entirely new centers or family child care homes; and/or adding new slots to a home-based program option. OHS is also interested in new and innovative approaches to connect families to an array of support services, in an effort to establish Head Start as a Community Services Hub in the local community and create a more collaborative, family-centered approach to services. OHS is primarily interested in proposals for Community Services Hub models that will promote family self-sufficiency and overall well-being, and ultimately improve parent and child outcomes. Interested applicants may email the OHS Operations Center at for additional information.
Closing Date: Sep 21, 2020
Region XI Head Start children’s Native language and culture experiences in their homes and communities
Members of the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Native Language and Culture Community of Learning used data from the 2015 American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) to prepare a research brief on Region XI Head Start children’s Native language and culture experiences in their homes and communities. The brief provides background on the importance of language and culture in children’s development. It also highlights the extent to which Native language is used in children’s homes and the extent to which parents value children’s Native language learning and use. Although English is the primary language spoken in 95% of Region XI children’s homes, nearly half of Region XI children are in homes that use a Native language at least some of the time. Nearly all parents (91% of parents in homes where there is no Native language use, and 99% of parents in homes where there is at least some Native language use) feel that it is somewhat or very important that their children learn a Native language. The brief includes policy and practice implications of the data for Native language and culture in Head Start and other early childhood settings. For example, the brief states, “community-based credentialing to certify language teachers and support for bilingual instruction and assessments in languages other than English can support AI/AN communities’ efforts to revitalize Native language and culture by removing some of the obstacles. Home- and center-based early childhood education and care programs such as Home Visiting, Head Start, and Child Care can support the inclusion of Native language and culture in the programs’ home-to-school connection efforts. These programs are in a unique position to get to know families and build upon families’ specific cultural strengths.”
The brief in its entirety can be accessed at the Administration for Children and Families AI/AN FACES website here https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/aian_head_start_2015_survey_june_2019.pdf. For more information about the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, go to www.tribalearlychildhood.org.
American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AI/AN FACES 2019) Highlights
Since 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a regular source of nationally representative data on Head Start programs, centers, classrooms, children, and families. Until the 2015–2016 program year, however, FACES had not been conducted in Region XI AI/AN Head Start programs. This was due in part to the time and resources required to engage in the intensive community-based planning and implementation process needed to successfully carry out the study in partnership with Region XI Head Start programs and communities. In 2015, the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) was the first national study of Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start children, families, and programs. The next American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AI/AN FACES 2019) will provide the latest information about Region XI and reflect current policy and program practices, with a particular focus on children’s school readiness skills.
AI/AN FACES 2015 Briefs | A Portrait of Children and Families and Children's Growth and Development
Two new briefs utilizing data from the AI/AN Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 are now available!
A Year in Region XI Head Start: Children’s Growth and Development from the American Indian and Alaska native Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 – link here
Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start: A Portrait of Children and Families – link here
Additional resources can be found on the AI/AN FACES page of the ACF/OPRE website here.