At Cook Inlet Native Head Start where 100 percent of the children served are Alaska Native and American Indian but come from many different tribal groups with different languages and customs, the challenge has been to be culturally relevant to all the children they serve.
To do this, a Cultural Coordinator has been utilized to schedule culture bearers, storytellers, Native gamers, dancers, and much more into the daily curriculum. Once a month, family nights are held to provide Native style food, an educational moment, and a cultural activity, according to Executive Director Ethan A. Petticrew. Additionally, their Curriculum Coordinator is charged with meeting with teachers and “indigenizing” the curriculum.
In the future they hope to secure more funding to increase the daily cultural programming.