Xaa-wan’-k’wvt (Howonquet) Early Learning Program

The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt (Howonquet) Early Learning Program (X.E.L.P.) has two programs that provide a culturally rich environment that fosters a positive image and helps our youngest children experience the pride and confidence needed to become inquisitive and enthusiastic learners. The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, received a Federal Head Start grant in 2007. Our full-day Tribal Head Start operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm throughout the school year, serving children three to five years of age. Our full-day, full-year Early Learning Center operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm throughout the year, serving children two years, nine months to five years of age. The primary purpose of X.E.L.P. is to ensure our preschool-aged children are prepared for school and have the opportunity to learn the Tolowa language and culture. X.E.L.P. has a comprehensive program that serves the whole family and opens to our local community.


  • Listening Responsively
  • Encouraging Compassionately
  • Acknowledging Strengths
  • Demonstrating Excellence


  • Working in Rhythm
  • Individually and Collectively
  • Strengthening Supportive Connections
  • Engaging in Diverse Learning Communities
  • Resulting in Trusting Relations


The goal of the program is to increase parent participation.

Previous Year's Achievements

  • Classrooms received all new furniture and materials
  • Received One-Time Grant funding for a new playground

Annual Report