Mission Statement

The Round Valley Early Childhood Education Program is committed to all Native children and families, building a solid education foundation, excelling in school readiness, partnering with families, building foundational skills which will aid children and families in school and in life, supporting each child's individuality and identity, providing a multicultural and multilingual environment, and supporting each child's unique heritage.

About Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves children from age 3 to 5, pregnant women, and their families. Head Start is a child-focused program and has the overall goal of increasing the social competence of young children in low-income families. “Social competence” is meant the child’s everyday effectiveness in dealing with his or her present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. Social competence takes into account the interrelatedness of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Head Start services are also family-centered, following the tenets that children develop in the context of their family and culture and that parents are respected as the primary educators and nurturers for their children. Head Start offers family members with opportunities and support for growth and change, believing that people can identify their own strengths, needs, and interests and are capable of finding solutions. Head Start works in close partnership with parents to assist them in developing and utilizing individual and family strengths in order to successfully meet personal and family objectives. Parents are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the program, from participation in children’s activities to direct involvement in policy and program decisions.

Program Location & Hours

The RVIT Head Start is located at 77826 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA on the Round Valley Indian Reservation.
The Early Childhood Education site is located behind the Tribal Council Offices.

The RVIT Head Start is open Monday thru Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. School hours are Tuesday thru Friday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
The School year is September to June. Head Start is closed for Holidays & Tribal Administrative Leave.

Program Staff & Contact Information

Main Head Start Phone Number: (707) 983-6919
Fax: (707) 983-1167
Email: headstart@rvit.org

Headstart Program Staff
Mrs. Monica SayadECEP Directormsayad@rvit.org
Mrs. Tara GravierFamily Partnership & Education Managertgravier@rvit.org
Mrs. Rebecca TuckerHead Teacher-
Mrs. Eunice SwearingerTeacher Aide-
Ms. Otaka RedhawkHealth & Disabilities Manageroredhawk@rvit.org
Ms. Sara VasquezNutrition Managersvasquez@rvit.org
Mr. Harold Britton, Jr.Maintenance-

Parent Policy Council


2013-2014 Parent Policy Council
Ms. Stephanie BoggsChairpersonsboggs@rvit.org
Mrs. Caroline Card-WantVice-Chairperson-
Ms. Marline FulwiderSecretary-
Ms. Amanda GaricaTreasurer-
Ms. Andrea OliverMember-At-Large-
Ms. Rolinda WantCommunity Representative-
Ms. Deb HuttCommunity Representative-
Mrs. Rebecca DuncanTribal Council Liaisonrduncan@rvit.org

Last modified: November 02 2013.