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Tribal Head Start Program

The CRIHB Tribal Head Start Program is in its nineteenth year.   CRIHB is the Head Start Grantee and headquarters for three Centered-Based programs. The Tribal Head Start program is administered by CRIHB and provides Centered-Based services for 90 income-eligible Indian children on the following Rancherias: Elk Valley Rancheria (Del Norte County), Lytton Rancheria (Sonoma County) and Manchester Band of Pomo Indians (Mendocino County). CRIHB also administers the Lytton First Step program which provides preschool services, modeled after Head Start, to 20 additional children in the Santa Rosa funded by Lytton Rancheria (Sonoma County).

Native Start is a tribally-funded program. A tribe can elect to fund a Head Start-model program and invest in their tribal community. Using non-Head Start dollars means that CRIHB can serve all of the tribe’s families without being concerned with income-eligibility restrictions. The Head Start model has enjoyed over four decades of success nationally, serving communities, families, and children. CRIHB has benefited from nineteenth years of experience administering the Tribal Head Start program. For the last six years, CRIHB has administered the Lytton First Steps program, the highly successful Native Start program (tribally-funded early childhood program). With a holistic approach toward early education, children and families leave our program better prepared for the future – in school and later life.

“Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Tribal Head Start Program receives funds from the USDA to serve nutritious meals to enrolled children at no-cost to the families.  Meals are required to  meet the CACFP meal pattern for older children.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866)632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339, or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

 For general questions about the CACFP, please contact Kevin Neidich at (916) 929-9761 ext 1704.”

Download Files In PDf Format

Gold Certification Awarded to CRIHB
History and Program Overview
Program Philosphy
What is in-kind and why do we care?
Investing in Future Generations
Parent Handbook
Tribal Head Start Programs (MAP)

Tribal Head Start Pre-Enrollment Application
Checklist for Application In-Take

Tribal Head Start Annual Report PY 2010
Tribal Head Start Annual Report PY 2012

Lytton Head Start Program is now enrolling for Preschool and Hiring for employment.

Preschool and Recruitment Information Flyer

Elk Valley Rancheria Head Start Program is now enrolling for Preschool and Hiring for employment. 

Preschool and Recruitment Information Flyer

Manchester Point Arena Rancheria Head Start Program is now enrolling for Preschool


Preschool and Recruitment Information Flyer





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