Cherokee Nation schools accepting applications

July 9, 2013

The Cherokee Nation Early Childhood Unit is accepting applications for the  Head Start (3 to 4 years old) and Early Head Start (6 weeks to 3 years old) programs. Applicants must live within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.

Applications can be obtained at all Cherokee Nation Head Start centers or at

Copies of the following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card
  • Social security card
  • Immunization record
  • State certified birth certificate
  • Current verification of income

Head Start and Early Head Start implement American Indian heritage, Cherokee culture and Cherokee language, and provide services in the areas of education, physical fitness, medical and dental, health, nutrition and social development, with an emphasis for children with special needs.

Cherokee Nation Head Starts are located in the following areas:

  • Belfonte
  • Brushy
  • Cherry Tree (Early Head Start only)
  • Inola
  • Jay (Early Head Start only)
  • Kenwood
  • Lowrey
  • Stilwell (also has Early Head Start)
  • Okay
  • Pryor (also has Early Head Start)
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Salina (also has Early Head Start)
  • Shady Grove
  • Tahlequah
  • Nowata (also has Early Head Start)
  • Webbers Falls
  • Zion

For more information on the Head Starts, contact the Cherokee Nation Early Childhood Unit at (888) 458-4393 or (918) 453-5757, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Cherokee Nation Immersion School is also currently accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-olds until classes are full. Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1. Applications for seventh and eighth graders are also being accepted. Contact Toni Workman at (918) 207-4900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

To apply for admission to the Cherokee Nation Child Development Centers in Tahlequah and Stilwell, parents must apply at the center. All applicants will be put on a waiting list. For more information call the Tahlequah center at (918) 453-5070 or the Stilwell center at (918) 696-3222.