Our Mission

Head Start

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.


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 Monday 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.


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Our Staff

Meet our Round Valley Indian Tribes Professionals.

Mrs. Monica Sayad


Tara Gravier

Family Partnership & Education Manager

Cambria Whipple


Lucinda Gurrola


Alexis Britton-Dalson

Classroom Aide

Shiela Gurley

Nutrition Coordinator

Tyson Whipple



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.