OSAGE NATION HEAD START
“BUILDING WORLD CLASS FUTURES”
Osage Nation Head Start empowers children and families an opportunity to grow and participate in life with confidence and awareness of their abilities to be successful citizens in the community and world. Through head start’s premier academic program and culturally diverse student experiences, we can make a difference!
At Osage Nation Head Start, we believe the chief priority is student learning and all students can learn to their fullest potential. By creating a caring, nurturing, and optimum learning environment, students are developing culturally, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Teachers, administrators, families, and community promote high standards, expectations, and share in advancing the school’s mission.
Goals to Achieve
- High quality education
- Strong curriculum base
- School readiness guidelines
- Follow head start standards, early childhood best practices and state school standards
- Provide Osage language and culture
- Encourage family and community engagement
- Student centered/teacher guided learning experiences
- Exposure to new learning experiences through hands-on play, creativity, and exploration
- Differentiated individualized instruction
- Positive, active engagement using the teacher modeling and interaction
- Positive peer interaction
- Respect for self and others
Criteria of Admission
- Children who are 3yrs. of age by Sept. 1. Children may be 3-5 yrs. of age, but not kindergarten eligible.
- Admission is based on federal income guidelines with low income first.
- Osage preference, other tribes, and non-Indian are all allowable to be accepted.
- Over income is eligible as slots are available with up to 49% over-income.
- Provide immunization record.
Services to Children and Families
- Health screenings – physicals, dentals, vision, hearing, speech/language, behavioral, immunizations
- Nutrition – healthy meals, classroom cooking experiences
- Physical – music, dancing, Little Olympics, outdoor play
- Education – screenings, individualized learning plans, kindergarten visits, on-going assessment, literacy
- Family & Community Engagement – parent committees, community partnerships, goal setting
- Osage language & Culture – Osage verbalization, dancing, music, ideals, traditions, art
- Special Needs – assessment, therapy
- Extras – field trips, STEM events, Fatherhood activities, free book giveaway’s, community walks, t-shirts
Hours of Operation
Months & Days of Operation
- August thru May school calendar
- Pawhuska, Hominy, Skiatook – Monday to Friday
- Fairfax – Monday to Thursday (follows public school calendar)
Pawhuska and Skiatook – family must bring child to school for drop-off and pick-up each day
Hominy and Fairfax – Head Start provides daily bus service for pick-up and drop off each day