ABOUT SIPI’S EARLY CHILDHOOD PROJECT
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is an American Indian College Fund Tribal College and University (TCU) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Initiative grantee. Since 2011, SIPI has been engaged in community-based programming to strengthen early childhood education:
- 2011-2016 Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” ECE Initiative
- 2014-2015 Ké’ Family Engagement Initiative
- 2016-Present Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative
The TCU ECE Initiatives support increasing educational, cultural, and economic opportunities that lead to creation of pathways for Native families and children to thrive.
TCU ECE INITIATIVE SITES
SIPI joins other tribal colleges and universities in the effort to create systems of care and learning across Indian country. Together the TCU ECE Initiative sites share best practices and contribute to Native early childhood education by conducting local inquiries about young children’s learning, culture- and language-based education, family and community engagement, and increasing teacher quality, creating strong transitions from pre-K to K-3 and beyond.
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