3.13 Supporting Kids

Strengthening the Next Generation 

Building better futures for our Tribe’s children is a key priority for the Coquille Indian Tribe.  Because we know our own people’s well-being is inseparable from the well-being of our neighbors, we look for ways to help and encourage young people throughout the community.

Scroll down for information about:

  • Head Start
  • College and Career Fair
  • Bike Safety Rodeo
  • Summer Food Program
  • Fourth Grade Program

Note: Some of these programs have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Let’s Build a Bright Future

Success in school starts with a strong foundation. The Coquille Indian Tribe’s Head Start Program, open to any child age 3 to 5, promotes development of cognitive and social skills. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.

Enrollment for the next Head Start class is advertised each year from June to September. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Coquille Tribal members are given first priority, followed by other Native American children and non-native children.

Head Start Application 2022-2023

Kristina Simpson, Head Start Director
[email protected]
(541) 888-7737, ext. 2234

One-Stop Shopping for Opportunity

The Coquille Indian Tribe’s communitywide College and Career Fair is an ideal way to for teens to explore their future.  At the 2016 event, more than 300 local high school students met local employers as well as representatives from Oregon colleges and universities. The fair is free to eighth-graders through high school seniors from all Coos County schools.

Giddyap for Safety, Pardner
The Coquille Tribal Police Department wants every child to ride safely. So each year the department sponsors a bicycle safety “rodeo” at our Kilkich Reservation near Charleston.

The rodeo typically takes place on a Saturday in August. (Watch for announcements.) The event is free for kids of all ages – Tribal members or not. Each child should bring a bicycle or non-motorized scooter – and of course that all-important helmet!

The event focuses on safety and rules of the road, but we make sure it’s fun as well. Lunch and prizes also are on the agenda.

Chief Jerry Merritt, Coquille Tribal Police Department
(541) 888-0189
[email protected]


CIT Learning Center
(541) 888-9494

Filling Summer Tummies

Kids burn a lot of energy during summer vacation, so the Coquille Indian Tribe partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide tasty, nourishing meals.

The Summer Food Program is a free service to children and youth of the whole community.  The friendly staff of the Tribe’s Learning Center at Kilkich welcomes all kids age 18 and under. No application is required – just walk in.

The program operates Monday through Friday, except holidays, throughout the Coos Bay School District’s summer break.  Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All meals meet USDA nutrition standards. If your child has a food allergy or other special dietary needs, your health-care provider can fill out a form requesting food alternatives.

The Coquille Indian Tribe is an equal opportunity provider. The Coquille Tribal Learning Center is at 591 Miluk Drive.


Becky Cantrell, Assistant Director of Culture, Education and Learning Services

[email protected]

(541) 888-9494, ext.2235

Sandra Belletto, Cook/Nutrition Coordinator

[email protected]

(541) 888-9494, ext. 2246

Learn more about the USDA’s summer meal program

We Proudly Share Our Cultural Heritage

Each year, local fourth-graders learn about the culture and history of southwest Oregon’s Native people from the people who know it best. The Coquille Tribe cooperates with the Coos History Museum and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians to present fascinating local insights.  Presentations take place in the memorable setting of the Coquille Tribe’s Community Plankhouse.