Head Start Program

Rhonda Laughlin, Head Start Program Manager
Reno Center
34A Reservation Road
Reno, NV 89502

Phone: (775) 789-5615, ext. 5115
Fax: (775) 789-5659
Email: rlaughlin@rsic.org

Hungry Valley Center
9055 Eagle Canyon Road
Sparks, NV 89441

Phone: (775) 785-1340
Fax: (775) 424-3904
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Head Start Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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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 a.m. to 1 p.m. A full-day service is provided for families in Reno who require before and after care based on parent work hours between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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 parent’s 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