Stay Informed

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.

Use a monitoring service to track changes to the Indian Education website 

There are third-party web services available that users can subscribe to and they will check our website ( for you and notify you when something changes. will check a web site twice a day for free and email a notification when something changes, or you can search for another web monitoring service

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.

Native American Resources

Federally Recognized Tribes List 2017

BIA Certificate of Degree Of Indian Or Alaska Native Blood Instructions.pdf

Map of Federally Recognized Tribes of Washington State

Map of Washington State Tribal REservations and Draft Treaty Ceded Areas

For Students / Educational

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 - Schol​arships

OSPI New Student Discipline Rules, Questions, & Answers - A Technical Guide, Published 10.25.2018

OSPI New Student Discipline Rules TechnicalGuide.pdf

Washington State Student Discipline Rules (An Introduction)


Washington State Discipline In Schools: A Parent Guide

Discipline In Schools A Parent Guide.pdf

Job Training Opportunities 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

Application link:

College & Career Planning Toolkits from Graduate Tacoma

High School Toolkits

Middle School Planning Toolkit 

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.
Academic coaching
College Prep and Career Advising
Enrichment Opportunities

For more information, see fliers - 

Hilltop Scholars About.pdf


  • 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.

DO-IT Scholars Program

  • 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.

Online Tutoring - Grades 3 - 12

Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum

Native American Heritage Month on PBS

The official language of the Puyallup Tribe

For Students / Camps

NY'EHE Summer Camp

Native youth exploring higher education

FREE summer camp for Native youth entering 9th and 10th grades

Application due June 15

For more information -


Rental & Energy Assistance - Time Sensitive!

Know anyone residing w/in the City of Tacoma who could use some rental and/or energy assistance?  Metropolitan Development Council has $$$ to get out the door!

Rental Assistance: $40,000 in assistance to provide by  March 27th. MDC's Rental Assistance is provided to City of Tacoma households only, requires a 3/day pay or vacate, and  LIHEAP eligibility guidelines (see flyer attached); maximum allowable rental assistance is $1,000 dollars. In receiving this assistance, clients  are guaranteed to remain in their homes for 30 days per the Landlord agreement form.

Energy Assistance: $540,000(!)to spend by MARCH 31st. Energy assistance can be provided for electric, gas, wood, propane and oil. Households paying their landlord directly for their utilities are still eligible for assistance. To help us reach goal, we will be extending our appointment scheduling to include weekend appointments. We offer alternatives for clients to receive our applications and related material such as email, US Mail, and direct calls to our appointment line (253) 572-5557 Renee White, Energy Assistance Manager (253) 284-9026, or  Debra Grant, Homelessness and Energy Assistance Director (253) 284-7800. 

See forms below flier.




Blank W9 Form.pdf

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. 

Services include:

  • 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:
    • Showers
    • Laundry Room
    • Kitchen facilities for cooking
    • Computers
  • 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

SPIPA - South Puget Sound Intertribal Planning Agency South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA)

Indian Child Welfare Indian Child Welfare

Tahoma Indian Center

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

East Side Family Support Center Navigator Flyer.pdf

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

 Ayuda para inscribirse en Washington Apple Health.pdf

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

Questions? Contact us at (253) 798-4569 or visit us at

Positive Parenting English 2018.pdf

United Way and Help a Student Trust

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

PC2 behavioral Health Resources Pierce.pdf

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:

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.

UPS Occupational Therapy Adult flyer 2019.pdf

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++

Weekend Topics
 Collaborative Problem Solving introduction
 WISE/Wraparound
 Anti-Bullying Techniques
 Local Community Resources
 Love and Logic
 Effective Self Care

Register at


Parents and Caregivers Training Weekend Flier - Parents Caregivers Training Weekend-April 26-28.pdf

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - Native Preferenced

TPS Sophomores and Juniors! 

  • If you are interested in a summer job and earning extra credit in summer of 2019, then you need to apply to Summer Jobs 253!  Visit your high school's Career Center to pick up a flier and apply!  Do it Today!  Space is limited!
WorkSource - 
  • Need help finding a job? What about a high school diploma?
  • WorkSource can help!  Meet WorkSource at the Eastside Family Support Center.
  • WorkSource can connect you to resources such as:
    • High school completion
    • Interview and job search skills
    • On-the-job training
    • Career mentoring and support
  • Meet with WorkSource
    • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Eastside Family Support Center, 3569 E. Roosevelt Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404

WorkSource at Eastside FSC.pdf

For Educators

Literacy Empowerment Foundation - Deadline For Free Books For Read Across America Day is February 11th, 2019

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.

Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders must be received by February 11th, 2019.

Please share this information with your fellow educators!

Free Books for Read Across America Day: Order Form at

1311 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-719-6448
Web site:

Volunteer Opportunities

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