Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments

Early Headstart

Mission Statement

The Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments Early Head Start Program’s philosophy is that the communities of the Yukon Flats have a sustainable culture and place in Alaska, with important traditions and contributions. We believe that the sustainability of the region depends on the health and education of its people. To this end the mission of CATG Early Head Start is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of young children and to promote healthy and productive families within our Yukon Flats communities. Early Head Start will put our infants and toddlers, as well as their families, on a path towards success — ready to learn and contribute to our community. We will create an atmosphere of cooperative learning and care through consistent and competent home visits and socializations providing responsive guidance for families and children.

What is Early Head Start?

The CATG Early Head Start is a program for ages Prenatal to three years old. CATG EHS is a home-based program in where the Family Advocates in your village will help YOU to help your child with Developmental Stages, Educational and Health issues as they grow. We are federally funded to serve those in the Yukon Flats Region. Our program provides services to the villages of the Yukon Flats Region, currently we are in Fort Yukon and Venetie and hope to someday expand to more of the villages.

Early Head Start is a comprehensive program designed to promote healthy pre-natal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning. EHS was created by the U. S. Congress in the reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994.


Program Services Include:
  • 90 minute weekly home visits
  • Two monthly socializations
  • One Policy Council meeting monthly
  • Three Health Service Committee meetings per program year
  • One parent meeting monthly
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires
  • Quality early education information
  • Pregnancy, birth, infant, toddler, education, health, safety, & community resources
  • Dental, Hearing, Vision, well child, disabilities, health resources
Family Priorities:
  • Parent/ Child interaction
  • School Readiness
  • Community Resource Knowledge
  • Family Health and Nutrition
  • Family Safety
  • Cultural Activities
  • Social Emotional, Cognitive, Fine/Gross Motor
  • Language Developmental Activities
  • Family Partnerships
  • Individualized goals
CATG EHS Officers:

Colleen Jonas, Fort Yukon

Vice- President
Andrea Peter, Fort Yukon

Secretary / Treasurer
Shirley Fields, Fort Yukon

Mary Gamboa, Venetie

Nancy Shewfelt, Fort Yukon

Laurie Thomas, Fort Yukon

Arianna Herbert, Chalkyitsik

Delma Fields, Canyon Village


Shannon Hardy
EHS Program Director, Fort Yukon

Eugenia Grammer
Education and Disabilities Coordinator/Part-Time Home Visitor, Venetie

Pieradora Tremblay
Family Services Coordinator, Fort Yukon

Jeneece Fields
Data Entry Coordinator, Fort Yukon

Pamela Joseph
Home Visitor, Chalkyitsik

Tara Fields
Home Visitor, Arctic Village

Peggy Thomas
Home Visitor, Fort Yukon