Tribal College and University Childhood Education Initiatives: Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities From Birth to Career

Tribal College and University Childhood Education Initiatives: Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities From Birth to Career

Supporting the development of responsive educational systems that provide a place-based, culturally appropriate education for young Native American children can help ensure their academic and social success at a foundational age, a report from the finds. The report, (52 pages, PDF), highlights insights from the first six years of the fund's effort to build sustainable systems of early childhood care and learning — structured around five domains: teacher quality, child development, Native language and culture, pre-K to K-e transition, and intergenerational family engagement — at seven tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Funded by the and foundations and others, the initiatives have served nearly four thousand children, twenty-four hundred families, and twelve hundred teachers; built sustainable systems of care and learning; expanded partnerships with local and external organizations, including Head Start, local schools, and foundations; engaged families; drawn on the knowledge and experience of community elders; and shared lessons learned. The report found examples of how direct engagement within a culturally appropriate context improved the initiatives' sustainability at the individual level (children, families, and college students), institutional level (TCUs), community and tribal level, and systemic level.