Early Childhood Education

Nooksack House of Children Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 from income eligible families. The Nooksack House of Children Head Start provides children and families with information and access to child health and development, nutrition, behavioral health, family goal setting and resources.

To support health & wellness and school readiness children receive developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive, and social-emotional screenings. The House of Children works directly with Tribal health partners to ensure children receive dental and vision screenings, behavioral health services, and parents and families have access to health education and resources.


It is the mission of the Head Start Program to provide services and support to children, families and their community. Through partnerships with other community resources we will respectfully identify the needs of children, families and community members while striving to strengthen, educate and empower each by providing opportunities to participate in culturally enriched Early Childhood programs.

We are Now Enrolling for Fall 2023-24 Program Year

We are working closely with health authorities and reviewing parent feedback to determine our fall program model. As the guidance and COVID-19 status may change, we are exploring the logistics of returning to classroom services, continuing virtual/distance learning, or some combination of both. If you are a parent or a guardian that has already submitted this application for another child, please email our Program ERSEA Manager directly: Debi Bentley, Office: (360) 592-5176 x3505

Locations: Deming & Everson. To apply, please complete the Initial Application Form.

Head Start Annual Report

The Nooksack Head Start Program publishes an Annual Program Report. To obtain a copy or discuss the report please contact Alicia Allard, Early Childhood Education Director at P.O. Box 157 Deming, WA 98244.

Early Childhood Education Staff

  • Elvira Bitsoi

    Early Childhood Education Director

    Phone: (360) 966-2376 x2212

  • Amy Brandland

    Education and Disability

    Phone: 360-592-0141 


  • Brandy Anderson

    Head Start Health & Nutrition Manager

    Phone: (360) 592-0141 x3506


  • Debi Bentley

    ERSEA Program Manager

    Phone: (360) 966-0523 x2501


  • Sakara Harry

    Everson Assistant Teacher

    Phone: (360) 966-2376

  • Selena Kentner

    Bus Aide/Assistant Teacher

    Phone: 360-592-5176

  • MaryJane Bradfute

    Lead Cook

    Phone: (360) 966-0523

  • Angelina Roberts

    Deming Assistant Teacher

    Phone: (360) 592-0141

  • Sonya Swanaset

    Assistant Teacher

    Phone: (360) 966-2376