Head Start Program

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The mission of Head Start is to provide quality care and education that support each child's individual pattern of development and learning. This is provided in a loving and safe environment that is friendly and nurturing for all children, parents, and employees.

The RSIC Head Start Program provides center-based early childhood education services to 52 three to five-year-old children from income-eligible families, including children with disabilities.

The Reno Center serves 35 children and the Hungry Valley Center serves 17 children in a traditional Head Start setting from 8:30 am to 1 pm. A full-day service is provided for families in Reno who require before and after care based on parent work hours between 7 am to 5:30 pm.

Meals are prepared and served at each site sponsored by the State of Nevada Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and RSIC Tribal funds.

In compliance with the Head Start Act, the RSIC has a Head Start Policy Council. The Council is the guiding body of Head Start and is involved with decisions concerning the entire program. For example, Policy Council must approve the annual budget, grant applications, and certain changes in the program. Without parents' input at Policy Council, this program cannot function. All official business is documented by minutes that list the names of members who participate by giving reports or by making motions to vote on.

Head Start Policy Council

  • Jody Quartz, Reno Parent Representative
  • Jonathan Lowery, Reno Community Representative
  • Susan Quartz-Hollings, Hungry Valley Parent Representative
  • Natalie Smith, Hungry Valley Community Representative