In this urban midwestern public school district, families of Native Indian students, pre-K through grade 12, attend four multigenerational gatherings like this one during the school year—one of a number of events orchestrated by the Native Indian Centered Education (NICE) program. NICE is a program in the school district that partners with families to provide Native-centric educational opportunities for preschool children. Family events such as the storytelling activity in the opening vignette represent trends in early childhood education: building family-school-community partnerships to enhance learning and build family resources. The all- Native-Indian preschool program is unusual and rare in urban areas. (Most all-Native-American preschool programs are located on reservations). It is in its third year of funding from a US Department of Education Experimental Education Grant (four-year grant project).
McWilliams, M. Susan; Maldonado-Mancebo, Tami; Szczepaniak, Paula S.; and Jones, Jacqueline, "Supporting Native Indian Preschoolers and Their Families Family–School–Community Partnerships" (2011). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 27.
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