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Mission Statement

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Head Start and Early Head Start Programs serve as a major foundation to the goal of ‘Leech Lake Nation Building.’ Our work with children and their families is designed to impact the Leech Lake Nation broadly and deeply by providing strong, culturally-based experiences for them within our many communities.

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Policies & Regulations

Head Start grantees that provide services to children and families must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and the requirements set forth in the Head Start Act of 2007. The Office of Head Start (OHS) also offers direction through Program Instructions (PIs) and Information Memorandums (IMs). More guidance is available to grantees through their federal program specialist.

The HSPPS reflect best practices and the latest research on early childhood development and brain science. The HSPPS gives grantees flexibility in achieving positive child and family outcomes and encourage the use of data to track progress and reach goals in all program areas.

Culture & Language, Data & On-going monitoring, Professional Development, School Readiness, Teaching Practices, Transitions, Curriculum, Learning Environments, and Dual Language Learners are topics covered within the area of education.

COVID-19, Child Development: There have been additional provisions made regarding service delivery that include program duration, on-going assessment and child data as programs across the nation continue to work during this pandemic.

Public Law 110-134 "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007"

An example of what the Head Start Act provides: Sec. 636. [42 U.S.C. 9831] It is the purpose of this subchapter to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

(1) in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and

(2) through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.

When developing, selecting or adapting curricula, programs use the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) as a guide. This framework identifies age-appropriate expectations to help programs plan experiences and activities that match a child’s skills and abilities. This framework can be used for center-based, home-based, and family child-care service models.

The licensing requirements listed within this document the Leech Lake Early Head Start and Head Start follow regardless of our status of not being a child-care center. Topics covered: Program options, operational guidelines, children with special needs, extended hour care programs, ratios & capacity, caregiver qualifications, caregiver training, admission & enrollment, daily program activities, nurturing & enriching environment, emergency and evacuation, transportation, building and premises, and infection control. These requirements are often more stringent than the State guidelines for child-care centers.

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Contact Us

1-800-551-0969218-335-8345 / 8286

115 Sixth St. NW, Suite E.
Cass Lake, MN 56633

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Center Phone Numbers

(AOB) Center-Cass Lake Site: 218-335-8345

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Bena Early Head Start: 218-665-5302

Inger Center: 218-659-2851

Leech Lake Tribal College, EHS: 218-987-6128

Onigum Center: 218-547-1420

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Sugar Point Center: 218-654-5274