FACE was initiated in 1990, and was designed as a family literacy program; an integrated model for an early childhood/parental involvement program for American Indian families in Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools. Evaluation indicates that FACE programs are succeeding in addressing achievement gaps for American Indian children primarily located on rural reservations, and in better preparing them for school.
FACE is here to help you access the resources that your family deserves. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school.
The mission of FACE is to help parents be the best, first teachers of their children.
The goals of the FACE program are:
- To support parents/primary caregivers in their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher.
- To increase family literacy.
- To strengthen family-school-community connections.
- To promote the early identificationand services to children with special needs.
- To increase parent participation in their child’s learning.
- To support and celebrate the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of each American Indian community served by the program.
- To promote lifelong learning.
Certified Parent Educators who are trained by Parents As Teachers provide home visits with the following goals:
- Help parents give their child the best possible start in life.
- Help parents feel competent and confident in parenting.
- Increase parents’ knowledge of child development.
- Promote strong bonds between parent & child.
- Detect potential learning problems early & connect parents with resources to address any delays.
Center-Base – Accredited NAEYC* Preschool
- Children ages 3-5.
- Focus on Potawatomi Language and Culture..
- Learn school readiness skills.
- Learn through play.
- High/Scope (active learning) classroom.
- Ideal student/teacher ratio (low numbers with a certified teacher).
- Parents spend time in classroom (Parent and Child Together/ PACT time).
- Parents and children eat breakfast & lunch together.
- Center-base staff trained by National Center for Family Literacy.
*NAEYC=National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Adults learn job skills, work on high school completion, GED, computer literacy, culture and language, etc.
- Adults share and learn more about parenting.
- Group choice of Parent Time activities.
- Adults spend quality time with their child-no house cleaning, cooking, other interruptions.
- Adults play with and teach their children.
- Transportation and meals provided.
- Meet Monday – Thursday; 8:30-3:00.
Monthly meetings of center and home base families.
- Variety of topics.
- Free transportation, meals, childcare.
- Chance to meet with other parents.
Meeting Your Family’s Needs
- Parent to Parent Support
- Regular screenings done on all children
- Parents involved in screening process
- Father friendly, encourages and supports fathers’ participation
- Parent Training Programs
- Access to support programs such as Early On
- Early Intervention in a natural setting with speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, behavior specialist, or others
- Support for Family Needs by offering each family an Individual Plan for their child’s success
- Service coordination for families Parenting is a life long journey. Having support makes the journey more enjoyable!
Native American or member of a Native American family.