Early Head Start

Early Head Start

Providing innovative childhood programming is an essential part of NAYA’s mission to serve everyone from babies to elders. Our Native Early Head Start classroom helps families and gives children a cultural “head start” on their educational journeys. The program offers a culturally-specific Early Head Start that focuses its developmental teachings through the use of natural environment and play learning.

To combat the marginalization of the Native American community, staff at the Native Early Head Start focus on the importance of promoting a quality early learning environment for children that is culturally and developmentally appropriate.  Research suggests adults who engage children in culturally-responsive educational experiences help to:

  • Build young children’s self-confidence and skills.
  • Increase children’s awareness, appreciation, and inclusion of diverse beliefs and cultures.
  • And maximize children’s academic achievement and educational success.


What are the hours of operation? 

NAYA’s Native EHS operates on a full-year/full-day calendar. The classroom is open from 7:45 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with scheduled days off for planning and breaks. This allows for parents to work year-round and full-time while knowing their children are being well taken care of.

Who is eligible to participate? 

The program currently has the capacity for 12 children, aged 0 to 3. Applications are periodically accepted as space opens up. Please follow NAYA’s social media channels for updates on availability. To determine if your child is eligible, please call 503-570-1110.

Where is the classroom located? 

The program operates out of the former Applegate School, 7650 N. Commercial Ave., Portland, OR 97217.