The Indian Education Program is committed to connecting families of Native American students with culture, community and education.
- Graduating Seniors
- Stay Informed
- Native American Resources
- Educational Resources for Students
- Camps and Job Training
- Community Resources and Workshops
The Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program is excited at the prospect of the upcoming Spring of 2021 Graduation. We would like to extend an offer to assist with the cost of the cap and gown on behalf of your child.
- Must have a current 506 Indian Education Enrollment form on file with Indian Education.
- Must be a current TPS senior in good standing and scheduled to graduate on time with the class of 2021 as verified by the Indian Education office.
- Open a Jostens account online
- You are responsible for contacting Jostens and ordering your cap and gown.
- TPS Indian Education will send a list of our senior students who are eligible for the $50 credit to Jostens
- If you do not open an account online, Jostens will not be able to apply the $50 credit
- Deadline to do so will be November 13, 2020
- Indian Education Program Scholarship Information 2020-2021
- Indian Education Apprenticeship Training Guide
Keep up to date on the TPS Indian Education Program news:
Check the Indian Education Website regularly
We post links to the current month events notices each month on the Indian Education website. There is also a myriad of information such as but not limited to: Scholarships, community events, student opportunities, internships, family resources, community resources, Native specific health resources, volunteer opportunities, student recognition, and more.
Please ensure your mailing address, phone number, and email address are always up to date in the TPS Student Information system. Please contact your child's school if you change any of the contact information. We periodically send out Messenger robo-calls and emails sharing information so it is very important to have your contact information up to date.
Tutoring, Homework Help, & Academic Resources for TPS High School Students 2018 - 2019
Here you will find a guide to Tutoring, Homework Help, & Academic Resources available at each Tacoma Public High School. In addtion, we have included a few free academic resources available outside of school.
TPS schools tutoring resources.docx
College Scholarship Opportunities - Scholarships
FAFSA/WAFSA Application Workshops
October, November, & December 2019 FAFSA/WAFSA Application Workshops
TUE OCT 8, Lincoln HS, LINC Center, 5:30-7:30 PM
WED OCT 9, Foss HS, Library, 4:00-6:00 PM
WED OCT 9, Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom, Sunrise 121, 5:00-7:00 PM
WED OCT 16, Clover Park Tech. College, Bldg. 15, Computer Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM
WED OCT 23, Wilson HS, Career Center, 6:00-7:30 PM
THU OCT 24, Mt. Tahoma HS, Career Center, 5:30-7:30 PM
FRI OCT 25, Mt. Tahoma HS, Career Center, 4:00-8:00 PM
TUE NOV 5, Peace Community Center, New Classroom, 4:30-6:30 PM
WED NOV 6, Clover Park Tech College, Bldg. 15, Computer Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM
WED NOV 13, Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom, Sunrise 121, 5:00-7:00 PM
WED NOV 20, University of WA Tacoma, Science 111, 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
WED NOV 20, Clover Park Tech. College, Bldg. 15, Computer Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM
WED DEC 4, Clover Park Tech. College, Bldg. 15, Computer Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM
WED DEC 11, Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom, Sunrise 121, 5:00-7:00 PM
WED DEC 18, Clover Park Tech. College, Bldg. 15, Computer Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM
Please check with your High School Career Center for additional workshops and support.
Help your students earn FREE MONEY for College!
Apply for a FAFSA/WASFA Completion Lab Micro-Grant through the Tacoma College Support Network (TCSN)
This grant is for sites (schools, community organizations, churches, etc.) that currently host or would like to host a FAFSA-WASFA completion lab or event by December 31, 2019 to apply for funding to support improved attendance and application completion in the communities they serve.
Apply early as funding is first come, first serve, by visiting http://bit.ly/2lS1Qrf. Please contact Lori Parrish, email@example.com if you have any questions.
See flyer for more information - FAFSA WAFSA Microgrant Application.pdf
College & Career Planning Toolkits from Graduate Tacoma
High School Toolkits
- Senior Toolkit GT_SeniorToolkit18-FNL.pdf
- Junior Toolkit GT_JuniorToolkit19-FNL.pdf
- Sophomore Toolkit SophomoreToolkit2019-FNL (1).pdf
- Freshman Toolkit FreshmanToolkit18-DIGITAL.pdf
Middle School Planning Toolkit
- Middle School Toolkit MS_TreasureMap18-PRINT.pdf
Hilltop Scholars - We Build Leaders - Getting You College and Career Ready
HILLTOP SCHOLARS serves 9th–12th grade students attending Tacoma high schools.
Our goal is to help students get the support they need to experience success in school and be college and career ready.
Hilltop Scholars has a summer, school year and family component.
College Prep and Career Advising
For more information, see fliers -
What is Tech4Kids?
Tech4Kids (previously known as Laptops2Kids) is a program through Tacoma Schools and the Foundation for Tacoma Students (Graduate Tacoma). Tech4Kids provides computers to qualifying students, giving them the tools they need to complete their school work, with the goal of graduation. More information.
The DO-IT Scholars Program prepares young people with disabilities for college, careers, independent living, and leadership roles in society. Get the brochure. Get the application.
OSPI New Student Discipline Rules, Questions, & Answers - A Technical Guide, Published 10.25.2018
Washington State Student Discipline Rules (An Introduction)
Washington State Discipline In Schools: A Parent Guide
MultiCare Nurse Camp ... A Journey Into Nursing and Allied Health Careers
Are you a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior wondering what it would be like to be a nurse or allied health professional?
MultiCare's Annual Nurse Camp is a unique opportunity to explore these exciting careers — and thanks to gracious donations from a variety of community organizations and businesses, including MultiCare Health System, the MultiCare Nurse Camp is FREE! Our goal is to encourage, inspire, and support students who are considering nursing or allied health professions, such as pharmacy, radiology, or physical therapy.
At the 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp, July 13th-17th, you'll join professional nurses and other allied health care providers as they care for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Center, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Care, and Adult Surgical Care areas. You will also participate in hands-on station rotations, mock codes, and even visit a local school with medical professional programs. In short, you'll get a firsthand, behind the scenes look at the multifaceted world of nursing and allied health.
What is offered?
The 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp, July 13th-17th, is a free five-day camp based out of MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospitals, and is held from approximately 8:30am - 4:00pm, daily.
At the end of the 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp, you'll walk away with nursing skills, knowledge of health careers, nursing scrubs, new friends, a more focused future, and wonderful memories. Completion of the MultiCare Nurse Camp is an excellent addition to college and employment applications.
Who Can Apply?
Current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors residing in Pierce, South King, Kitsap, and North Thurston Counties, who are interested in nursing or another health-related career and motivated to learn more, are eligible to apply.
Approximately 110 students who are current sophomores and juniors at the time of application, and have not participated before in MultiCare Nurse Camp, will be accepted.
Students will be admitted based on a total score awarded for all elements of their application, including a personal statement and a reference, as outlined on the application checklist.
How Do I Apply?
Starting January 6th, 2020, applications and instructions can be found under the "Application" tab on the Nurse Camp webpage: www.multicare.org/nurse-camp. The application will be open from January 6th-March 6th, closing at 5pm PST. Please ensure all supporting materials (i.e., letter of recommendation, and transcript) and application are received no later than 5pm on March 6th, 2020. Incomplete and/or late supporting materials will not be accepted nor considered after the deadline date and time!
The MultiCare Nurse Camp application process is highly competitive. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will only consider the first 250 complete applications. Therefore, early submittal of your application packet is highly recommended.
Job Training Opportunities for Students Through TPS -
If your child is interested in training and industry recognized certificates in the following programs of study and will be in the 11th or 12th grade for the 19/20 school year:
Tacoma Tideflats Certification Program
Plumbers and Pipefitters Certification Program
Wildland Fire Certification Program
Environmental Services Certification Program
For more information see flier - Tacoma Public Schools Industry Training.pdf
Calling All Dads!
What does your child need from you? Guidance, protection—and your love! At our DAD Project workshops you’ll learn:
• Your baby’s development.
• How you’re doing as a parent.
• What tummy time is and why it’s important.
• Your baby’s strengths.
• What to do when your baby is fussy.
• Breastfeeding support.
Register now! Call (253) 798-4569.
Baseball Tummy Time Workshop
For babies who hate it (and those who don’t)!
Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Eastside Family Support Center
3569 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98404
Fathers and Infants
For infants up to 8 months old.
Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.—Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23
Eastside Family Support Center
3569 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98404
Fathers and Toddlers
Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.—Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9
Multicultural Child Development and Hope Center
2021 S. 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
For more information - DAD Project.pdf
Register now! Call (253) 798-4569.
Catholic Community Services - Family Housing Network Family Day Center is now open!
The CCS-Family Housing Network Family Day Center opened Monday, February 4th, 2019.
Catholic Community Services is offering their space on 5050 South Tacoma Way for families with minor children to go during the day if they are experiencing homelessness/housing instability. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am-4pm and Wednesday 12-6pm. They have a caseworker on site that is willing to help with housing/community service navigation, computers, a laundry room and showers. Also: The best part is if a family is experiencing homelessness and needs to access Coordinated Entry, they will have someone ready on site that will be able to meet with them to do an intake. This will save any family experiencing homelessness from having to call an overwhelmed phone line to schedule an appointment.
- Homeless families with minor children may drop in any time during the intial days and times listed here:
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays: Noon to 6:00 p.m.
- Homeless families will have access to:
- Laundry Room
- Kitchen facilities for cooking
- A case manager is also present to assist families with housing and additional resources.
- Address: The Day Center is located at 5050 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. The entrance is on the corner of South Tacoma Way and 52nd.
- CCS Family Day Shelter.pdf
Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
Providing quality healthcare and promoting wellness in a culturally appropriate manner Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
SPIPA - South Puget Sound Intertribal Planning Agency South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA)
Indian Child Welfare Indian Child Welfare
Tahoma Indian Center
- Restoring and sustaining the dignity and culture of Urban Native Americans in Pierce County. TIC Brochure Sept 2018.pdf
Washington Apple Health Enrollment Assistance
Enroll in Washington Apple Health at the East Side Family Support Center - You may be eligible for free health care. You, or someone in your household, may be eligible for the following programs under Washington Apple Health:
- Adult Health Insurance
- Pregnancy and Family Planning
- Health Insurance for Kids
- COFA Islander Healthcare
To be eligible you must:
- Be a Washington State resident.
- Meet citizen and immigrant requirements.
- Be between the ages of 19 adn 65.
- Have a monthly income at or below the limit of the program you are applying for.
When? Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where? East Side Family support Center, 3569 E Roosevelt Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404
Questions? Contact Sea Mar Health Navigator helena Chavez at 253-457-7371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayuda para inscribirse en Washington Apple Health - Inscribase en Washington Apple Health en el East Side Family Support Center
Cuando? Cada miércoles de 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Donde? East Side Family support Center, 3569 E Roosevelt Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404
Preguntas? Contacte a Helena Chavez, Navegadora de Salud de Sea Mar, al 253.457.7371 o por correo electrónico a email@example.com
Associated Ministries Community Resources Guide for Tacoma-Pierce County 2018
Associated Ministries is an interfaith organization that unites people of faith to build stronger communities. As a crossroad for communication and cooperation, they engage and equip faith communities and persons of goodwill to address the many needs in Pierce County through advocacy, education, and service. AM_Resource-Guide-2018-5-22.pdf
Family Support Partnership
- Family Support Partnership offers parenting programs for families with children ages birth to 12 years old. We also can connect you with community resources like Basic Food and Apple Health. To get services, you can refer yourself or a family who is interested. HowToMakeAReferral.pdf
Want parenting advice?
You’re not alone.
Promote positive relationships and strengthen your family.
Triple P’s practical strategies will help you:
• Strengthen family relationships.
• Encourage positive behaviors.
• Teach your child new skills and behaviors.
• Gain confidence handling disruptive or challenging
• Take care of yourself as a parent.
Reserve your spot today!
Triple P is free and open to families with children ages 2-12.
Register for home visiting, a parenting group, or an online parenting course.
Sign-up at www.tpchd.org/fspreferral.
Questions? Contact us at (253) 798-4569 or visit us at
United Way and Help a Student Trust
- Purpose of Trust is to help students who are in need of basic necessities to ensure attendance at school. United Way and HASF TRUST (004).pdf
Washington State Health Care Authority -
Washington State Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Acute Care Facilities Bed Capacity and Contact List
Washington State Adolescent Substance Use Disorder & Co-Occurring Residential Treatment Facilities Bed Capacity and Contact List
Behavioral Health Services - Resource List
CHI Franciscan - Prevent - Avert - Respond (PAR) Mental Health Initiative
- 2019 Mental Health Trainings for Pierce County
- Mental Health First Aid
- Suicide Prevention: safeTALK & Talk Saves Lives
For more information see flier -
FREE Occupational Therapy Services
The University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy Teaching Clinic Offers FREE occupational therapy services.
The onsite adult clinic is accepting volunteer patients who are in need of occupational therapy services and interested in contributing to occupational therapy student learning. The therapy is provided by graduate-level occupational therapy students as part of the their clinical education. Licensed and experienced occupational therapists provide close supervision and individualized instruction for each student.
Clinic begins late January and runs through April, 2019.
See website for more information or to make a referral: www.pugetsound.edu/otclinic
For more information, please call - (253) 879-3499.
*Please note, in order to schedule your clinic appointments a physician referral for occupational therapy services is required.
Pierce County Birth to 25 Advisory Board
Board Member Recruitment
The Birth to 25 Advisory Board (B-25 Board) is a newly created 19-member board tasked with proposing to the County Executive and County Council a long range plan with policy, systems, and environmental change recommendations to ensure the successful development of infants, children, youth and young adults ages Birth to 25. The Board will adopt a pro-social approach that engages children, youth and young adults throughout the age spectrum of Birth to 25 within families, their communities, schools, justice systems, health systems, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and peer groups.
The membership of the B-25 Board will consist of 19 voting members who represent the cultural diversity of Pierce County, including: seven community members that can represent family perspectives and viewpoints (one from each of the seven County Council districts
Recruiting members for DCYF (Department of Children, Youth, and Families) Parent Advisory Group
The DCYF Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DCYF. The PAG is made up of parents and family caregivers of children, from birth through nine years old. The PAG will meet by phone and in person.
We are currently accepting applications for the DCYF Parent Advisory Group! If you are interested in becoming a member, please review and complete the
Parents and Caregivers Training Weekend - Dads M.O.V.E
April 26 - 28, 2019
Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with behavioral health concerns?
Learn about systems navigation, IEPs, parenting techniques, de-escalation, reward systems, sibling issues, etc.
This weekend event is open to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers, who have a special needs child in their family, or extended family.
There is a $30 registration fee for the weekend, and includes lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday checkout (noon). We can also arrange carpools, or help with gas vouchers, bus/train tickets, etc. to help you get here.
All you need to bring is your bedding, pillow, and all your questions!
The first 10 couples to register get rooms to themselves++
Collaborative Problem Solving introduction
Local Community Resources
Love and Logic
Effective Self Care
Register at http://dadsmove.org/event/weekend/
Tahoma Indian Center
Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Without the compassion and generosity of our volunteers we would not be able to serve the men and women in our community. TIC Volunteer Flyer 2018.pdf