About Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones"

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.

The following goals guide grant activities:

Goal 1- Collaborate with early childhood center teachers at SIPI/YDI and Santa Clara Head Starts to ensure that relevant culture and language is incorporated into their early childhood curriculum.

Goal 2- Ensure that SIPI’s ECE Associates degree program prepares pre-degreed teachers to integrate Native language and culture into their practice.

Goal 3- Increase cognitive and non-cognitive development in Head Start students.

Goal 4 – Engage Parents, families, and community members in creating Culturally Responsive Programs for Head Start and SIPI students.

Goal 5- Improve and further develop SIPI’s ECE degree program to meet the needs of the communities it serves

Goal 6- Develop articulation with K-3 educators to ensure successful transitions for children and families.