Early Childhood Center (ECC)

715-779-5030       ECC@redcliff-nsn.gov       89830 Tiny Tot Drive
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about us
The Early Childhood Center provides services for children and their families through a variety of program offerings. The ECC incorporates traditional Ojibwe values to promote the spiritual, emotional, physical, and cognitive wellness of the children, families, and community we serve. 

The Red Cliff ECC offers Early Head Start Home Based, Early Head Start Center Based, and Head Start Center Based options that serve the Red Cliff reservation and surrounding areas. Navigate the Sub Pages to learn more about the ECC and the programs offered!

Education & Curriculum
At the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center, our culture and the Ojibwe language are the heart of our curriculum. It is our belief that teaching our Ojibwe children their own traditions, culture, and language will greatly increase their self-esteem by understanding their role in the world’s history. Knowing these concepts will help them further their willingness to be successful in the modern world.

We strongly believe that a child’s social and emotional development is intrinsically tied to their ability to develop skills related to their educational achievement as well as their overall physical and mental health. We recognize each child as a unique individual, developing at his or her own rate.

We use our cultural curriculum, Nandagikendan, “We Seek to Learn,” and Creative Curriculum for Head Start and Early Head start center based educational services. Home base teachers use Nandagikendan and the Parents as Teachers curriculum. We plan developmentally appropriate, individualized lessons and activities that support our child-centered, play-based approach to early learning.

how do i apply?
Click HERE for an online Head Start and Early Head Start Child Application. (This is NOT for prenatal. See below for prenatal application)
Click HERE to get started on a Head Start and Early Head Start Child Application.
Click HERE to get started on a prenatal application.
Have questions? Give us a call or send an email using the contact information above.

» Schedule an enrollment appointment by calling 715-779-5030.
» At the time of your appointment, you must bring:
  • Parent(s) / Guardian(s) income along with the completed application.
  • Child's most current physical, dental, and immunization records (or sign a release for the program to obtain them).
» Completing the application process does not guarantee enrollment.
» Applicants are accepted based upon income (Federal Poverty Level) and prioritized using approved selection criteria
» Upon acceptance to the program, applicants will receive an Acceptance Letter and important information about scheduling a screening for your child.

Please note:
Space is limited, so please complete your application and enrollment appointment immediately for early consideration.
An incomplete application (no documentation) will not be accepted and will delay the enrollment process.
Selection for fall enrollment openings will be released July 15 of each year.