Nationally, about 35,575 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families are served by Head Start, with just over half served by 150 tribally run Head Start programs in Region XI. While we have a wealth of information about Head Start children and families in general, through data collected for the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), Region XI programs have never been included in this study. The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) is designed to collect information from a representative sample of children, families and programs in Region XI, with tribal voices at the forefront.
The study design reflects advice from members of the AI/AN FACES Workgroup, comprised of Region XI Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials. Twenty-one Region XI Head Start programs participated in the AI/AN FACES study, which occurred in the 2015-2016 program year.