The ToHajiilee Community School is grant/contract school funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) but
governed by a locally elected community school board of education. The ToHajiilee Community School provides
a wide range of educational opportunities from birth through its newly established Alternative High School.
The board of education developed a Cradleboard to Career pipeline that encompasses the integration of the
early childhood programs aligned with the K-12 grades and into the Alternative High School and into
college or career opportunities.
The ToHajiilee Preschool program has been developed to meet the physical, mental, emotional, social, and
creative needs of the young child. The classroom environment encourages trust and independence. Emphasis is
on helping the child gain a positive self-concept, self-discipline, and help in developing warm relationships
with others. ToHajiilee Preschool is funded by the Children, Youth and Families Department to provide Early
Extended Day PreK program for 3 year olds and Extended Day Pre-K program for 4 year olds from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Early childhood research shows that young children learn primarily through play. Play is an essential part of
childhood. It offers the freedom children need to try out new ideas, practice developing skills, and imitate
adult roles. It allows children to learn social skills and develop friendships.
Children are knowledge builders. They apply what they have already learned to different situations. Exploring,
discovering, questioning, and guessing are important activities. Readiness skills are developed through
play, and concepts are formed. Children gain a sense of mastery through their activities. They become the active
decision-makers in their own scenarios. Our center promotes the development of the whole child through play.
Activities in the classroom reflect our commitment to provide a developmentally appropriate experience for all
children. The preschool staff and administrators are strong advocates for developmentally appropriate practices
and activities for young children.