About Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" Project
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) was selected as a recipient of the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” grant funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and distributed by the American Indian College Fund. The grant has been awarded over a period of four years in order to make improvements in early childhood programs at the SIPI Early and YDI/SIPI Early Childhood Learning Center. We are honored to receive and be a part of this project.
The Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” early childhood education initiative is for and by the surrounding community of SIPI's children and families. Two cohorts of children and families will be formed—one from the children and families who attend the NWIC Early Learning Center (ELC) and one from the children and families who attend Lummi Head Start. Increased services at the ELC, adoption of Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tracking system at both Centers, and Parenting and Teaching by Connection classes for parents and teachers will begin in January, 2012.
The American Indian College Fund, through the Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" - Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade, is working to bring together tribal colleges, communities, educators, and families to address early learning disparities in Native communities.
In 2011, four tribal colleges were selected through a competitive process to participate in the Wakanyeja ECE Initiative and received up to $935,000 over four years to develop and strengthen early childhood education programs at tribal colleges. The Wakanyeja ECE Initiative grantees are: Ilisagvik College (Barrow, AK), College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI), Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM), and Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA).
In 1960, the All Indian Pueblo Council envisioned a school that would serve the Native American Community and through the collective efforts with other tribal leaders, public officials and interested citizens, construction began ten years later. Dedication ceremonies were held on August 21, 1971 and on September 16, 1971 the Institute officially... read more
Designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, educational, and physical needs, Head Start was launched, serving over 560,000 children and families across American in an eight-week summer program ... read more