Page 11 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - February 2015
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By Marci Maki, Early Learning Program costs are cut. Investing in children is a wise GRADUATION CELEBRATION
Director investment.
I have been working with K-12 education
As the new director at the Chehalis Tribe Early Head Start and Early Head Start programs department on this June’s Graduation
Learning Program, I am delighted to again be support the mental, social, and emotional celebration. If there are any graduating
working with young children, their families, development of children from birth to age 5. In seniors for the year 2015 that have not
teachers and support staff. The CTELP is a addition to education services, programs provide been in touch with K-12 for graduation
happening place. Early Head Start serves 35 children and their families with health, nutrition, assistance please contact anyone in the K-12
children ages pre-natal to age three. Head Start social, and other services. Head Start services department.
serves 49 children; ages 3 – 5. Six classroom are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic,
experiences as well as a home visiting option cultural, and linguistic heritage. ~ PLEASE HELP!! ~
define our program. Child care is offered for
families who already qualify for Head Start or Volunteers are needed to make our program a Our program is looking for JAZMYN
Early Head Start. success. If you would be willing to come and NATH. According to our records she should
read a story at circle time or work to prepare an be graduating 2015.
The goal of Head Start is to have children ready art project, or serve on a parent policy council
for school success. Head Start and Early Head or the health advisory committee, please call the We hope to have more information this
Start is not child care. Head Start is celebrating center at 273 5514. upcoming month on the graduation
50 years of operation. The Chehalis Tribe celebration. If you have any questions please
was one of the first recipients of a Head Start Bio: I would also like to share a few things about do not hesitate to call or email us.
Grant. When I met tribal members at the Annual myself. Born and raised in Montana, I moved to
Meeting in November 2014, many, many people Washington in 1996. I have served as the Early Thank you for all your help.
told me that they had attended Head Start here Learning Director at two Washington Tribes, Higher Education Coordinator:
and they told me of many family members managed a Seattle non-profit early learning
who were also Head Start graduates. I want program, and a Head Start center in Seattle. Most Racheal Mendez
to say Thank You to all the Tribal Elders who recently I worked at the University of Washington 360-709-1698
made a way for the Head Start Program. I also with Tribal Head Start Programs in North Dakota,
want to thank the Business Committee for their Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona or email
continuing investment in Early Learning. For and Montana. I have one adult son and believe I
every dollar invested in early learning at least did a better job parenting him because of what I Tribal Big Brothers Big
seven dollars are saved long term. Savings come learned at Head Start. Sisters Program
because early intervention works. Cost savings
are realized in many areas including children no In my free time, I enjoy time at the pool, time at …. WANTS YOU
longer needing special education services, and the beach, and reading mystery novels. I also am
juvenile delinquency costs as well as welfare a member of the Voice of Chehalis Toastmasters The Tribal Big Brothers Big Sisters program
Club which meets Wednesdays at noon. is looking for volunteers. We have tribal littles
waiting to be matched. These littles are looking
If you have questions about the early learning for one-to-one time with a high school or adult
program, I welcome your visit to the center or big from the community to play games with,
please call me at 273-5514. Thank you. do arts and crafts with, and participate in Youth
Center or cultural activities with.
Calling All Artists!!!
If you would like to become a volunteer big or
The 2015 Head Start Graduating Class want to know more about the program,
is looking for Tribal Art to decorate their
sweatshirts. Please consider donating your PLEASE call
time and art to these wonderful children. Cindy Medina

Please have artwork into Marcy Maki any time.....
Deadline is March 31
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