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History of Childhood is Sacred

Since 2012, ITCMI has been working with Tribes and Tribal Citizens across Michigan to erase the silos across services and programs that serve children 0-8 and their families. From community discussions to strategy innovation and implementation, everyone involved has been working to elevate the role of our early childhood providers, support parents and be more effective and efficient with existing resources in each community.

Healthy Start/Home Visiting

Learn more about Healthy Start and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Home Visiting Network.

Head Start/Early Head Start

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

Honoring Our Children

The WKKellogg Foundation committed funds to identify Tribal priorities for children 0-8 in Education, Health, and Community Safety. This work included community discussions and family summits with tribal citizens from the 12 Federally Recognized Tribes in Michigan and in urban areas like Detroit and Grand Rapids. During this time, tribal families and leaders created a vision for children.

Notable briefs and presentations from this work includes: 

  • Michigan Native Children Report
  • 2012 (Final 2012 by David Cournoyer) -forwarded in the email.
  • HOC Planning Phase Report on website already
  • TBCAC Cultural Adaptation Article on website already
  • MCMCH GreatStart Sandbox presentation on website already
  • HeadStart digital story link

Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI)

Through supplemental Tribal Home Visiting funding from the Administration of Children & Families, a core group of early childhood providers and families from five Tribes (BMIC, KBIC, LTBB, LVD, NHBP) continued the work of HOC by strategizing to increase collaboration and integration across community services and programs for children 0-5 years. 

Historically, many of the various early childhood programs and services have worked in isolation. This effort focused on developing a more collaborative network. During this time, a Tribal wide Young Child Wellness Committee was formed with representatives from Tribal Home Visiting, HeadStart/Early HeadStart, and Child Care both at the Tribal, State and Federal level.


The TELI project identified a gap in mental health supports for children and in 2016 LAUNCH was funded by SAMHSA to better serve the cultural, social, emotional, physical, and psychological needs of youth ages 0-8. Aiming to reduce leadership and policymaking silos, the project seeks to foster collaboration between health care, behavioral health, early childhood education, social services, and other programs servicing Native youth and their families.

The Project Has 4 Goals

  1. Strengthen Tribal Communities through the promotion of resources grounded in community language, culture and teachings.
  2. Increase community workforce capacity to address child and family mental health.
  3. Strengthen systems integration of community programs that support child and family mental health.
  4. Increase community efforts to engage in public education and awareness activities.

Perinatal & Mental Health


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Head Start

What We Do

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development
  • Approaches to learning

Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as learners and lifelong educators
  • Family engagement in transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders

Head Start Services

Head Start serves preschool-age children and their families. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Since 1965, nearly 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.

Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in:

  • Centers or schools that children attend for part-day or full-day services
  • Family child care homes
  • Children’s own homes, where a staff person visits once a week to provide services to the child and families

Children and families who receive home-based services gather periodically with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.


To contact our staff dial one of these numbers followed by the extensions listed below. 906.632.6896 or 877.482.3601 or 800.562.4957

Ann Cameron

Head Start Director

Ext: 159

Susie Morningstar

Education Outreach Manager

Ext: 156

Haley Shaw

Administrative Assistant

Ext: 150

Birth Equity


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Asabike Coalition



Do you care about important issues such as breastfeeding, children’s reading skills, and parenting support? If so, we encourage you to apply for an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your community by joining our Asabike Coalition Parent Initiative. Asabike Coalition is a group of people who work to improve the lives of Native American families just like yours. 


  • All expenses paid travel with a breastfeeding and child-friendly environment;
  • Connect with parents like you who care about improving their community;
  • Opportunity to speak to local and state leaders about issues you care about;
  • Earn a letter of recommendation and valuable leadership experience that you can use for future job opportunities or college applications.


  • Parent or primary caregiver of a Native American baby or toddler up to the age of two years old;
  • Eligible for services at your local tribal clinic or County Health Department;
  • Current or former tribal home visiting participant preferred (for example, Family Spirit, Healthy Start, or MIHP);
  • 18 years of age or older with valid Michigan driver’s license and access to a vehicle to travel to two meetings per year (see below for more information).


  • Commit to provide your input on a one-year project from April 2018-March 2019;
  • Participate in two in-person meetings per year, each with an overnight stay if applicable;
    • Sault Ste. Marie, MI – April 17th, 2018
    • Lansing, MI – August 1st, 2018
  • Attend 4 phone meetings over the course of the year (one hour each during normal working hours);
  • With the help of your local tribe and others in your community, create a project that will help parents and children in your community. For example: help start a breastfeeding support group, playgroup, or children’s book exchange.


  • Deadline to apply: Friday March 23rd, 2018 by 12:00PM NOON Up to two people from each tribal community will be selected by members of the Asabike Coalition. Applicants will be chosen based upon availability to participate and strength of your application. You will be notified of whether or not you have been selected by April 2nd, 2018 to give you time to prepare your travel to Sault Ste. Marie, MI on April 17th, 2018.
  • There will be an informational webinar for selected participants on Friday April 6th, 2018. A registration link will be sent to your email. You will need computer and internet access to watch the webinar.
  • Complete an online application at this address:


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Infant Safe Sleep


Welcome to our Infant Safe Sleep Resource Site.  We have a number of resources to help parents, providers, and tribal home visitors to follow safe sleep guidelines.  This website is intended to be a resource guide for our tribal community to honor our newborn babies and prevent sudden unexpected infant deaths. Explore the links above to learn more about what you can do to be sure every baby reaches their first birthday.

Explore the resources below to learn more about what you can do to be sure every baby reaches their first birthday.


Digital Stories

Healing for Those Creating Life




The goal of the project is to strengthen the tribal capacity to respond to the opioid epidemic by strengthening systems and by providing support and services to mothers at risk for, or diagnosed with an OUD, and their infants and young children, including families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Direct care coordination services are supported at three Upper Peninsula tribal communities currently experiencing the highest rates of Perinatal OUD/NAS including:


Trista LeBlanc Shares her Journey Overcoming Substance Use Disorder

Trista LeBlanc Shares her Journey Overcoming Substance Use Disorder

The Opioid Epidemic: Be Part of the Solution

Home Visiting Network

Programs & Resources