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Early Childhood Programs target children from infancy through pre-school and pregnant women.

2016 Applications are now available

Programs are:

Program Overview

All classrooms are staffed by a Full-Time Instructor, who is supported by full-time and part-time aides. All classrooms follow the Creative Curriculum; expose children to Ojibwe teachings, and Anishinaabemowin (our Ojibwe language). Children also receive nutritious meals.

Children receive these services in a safe, nurturing, educational, culturally-appropriate setting. Our classrooms provide children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

Child Care Center

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Child Care Center is a licensed child care center that offers high quality infant through pre-school age care. It is located at 2218 Shunk Road and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Child Care Center is open to all tribal families, tribal employees, and surrounding community members. However, priority for enrollment in the Child Care Center is given to Tribal Employees who are need of full time child care. Families can apply for subsidized child care through the Department of Human Services and Anishnabek and Community Family Services to assist in paying for the cost of care.

The center has an agreement with the Tribal Head Start program to provide care for children enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start program from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., parents assume the cost of before and after care for the extended care services that are provided to children enrolled in either Head Start or Early Head Start. As a result of this partnership all children receive the same educational services as children attending Head Start or Early Head Start, see program descriptions and eligibility requirements below.

For more information regarding the Child Care Center and cost for services please call 906-632-5258.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a federal program for infants, toddlers and pregnant women from low-income families. Early Head Start provides high quality child and family development services. The center based program serves 31 children and is located at 2076 Shunk Road and 2218 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Children are provided healthy meals and snacks.

Early Head Start also offers a home-based program in Chippewa and Mackinac counties. This is a year-round program for up to 12 infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Families receive weekly home visits, which are approximately 90 minutes each. Group socialization activities are offered each month. The Parent's as Teacher's curriculum is used by highly qualified Home Visitors.

Pregnant women are provided educational information and support from Early Head Start staff.

The program is open to infants, toddler's ages 0-3 years, and pregnant women. Eligibility requirements: Applicants must meet federal income guidelines and preference given to members of a federally recognized tribe.

For more information, please call 906-635-7722

Head Start

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low-income families. Head Start provides high quality child and family development services. Head Start serves 80 children with locations at 2076 Shunk Road and 2218 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and 225 WaSeh, St. Ignace, MI. Head Start provides breakfast, lunch and limited bus transportation.
The program provides part-day, part-year classrooms that operate September through May (Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace). We also offer full-day, full-year classroom at the Sault Tribe Child Care Center.

Head Start's strives to ensure that all children are prepared to enter elementary school ready to learn and succeed. Children socialize, solve problems and learn other experiences that help them become self-confident and successful in life.

Head Start Eligibility: Children must be 3 years old by September 1 of each school year. Applicants must meet federal income guidelines and preference given to members of a federally recognized tribe.

For more information, please call 906-635-7722

Parents are key participants in Head Start/Early Head Start.

We encourage parents, family members and community members to become a part of our volunteer team.

They can participate in the classroom setting, help teachers prepare classroom activities and set up field trips. Parents are involved in committees that help staff form policies and procedures that impact their children and the program. Head Start/Early Head Start promotes parents as the child's "First Teacher."

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